My Phase 1 Japanese Embroidery project was completed during a 5-day workshop in November with Shay Pendray. I was so glad to be able to finish it there, as I would never have been willing to glue (yes, glue!!!) the back of an embroidery piece without proper supervision. The glueing went off without a hitch, thankfully.
|Seasons by Jennifer Ashley Taylor, completed November 10, 2012|
My travel project then became my main project as I tested out my newest purchase - a Millennium Frame and the Necessaire Stand from Needle Needs. Expensive - yes, especially after you get slapped around by the exchange rate from US$ to the GBP. Ouch. However, it is TOTALLY worth it. The Millennium Frame takes about 2 minutes to get your fabric set up and drum taut. And I mean taut. No more saggy sides with scroll rods. No more stitch clips to try to fix the saggy sides. It's a wonderful thing. As Ferris Bueller says; if you have the means, I highly suggest picking one up.
|From Sea to Shining Sea by Little House Needleworks, completed November 22, 2012|
|How Does Your Garden Grow by Papillon Creations, completed December 26, 2012|
So this was supposed to be my last finish for 2012. Not quite. So it became my first finish for 2013, and another "Try Something New" project - Japanese Kogin. It's pretty simple to do - it's pattern darning, or straight stitches. This was also a lesson in not judging a book by its cover, as the imported kit had English on the outside of the package but absolutely NONE on the inside. Thank goodness for clear diagrams! All it needs is hemming, and it will be ready for display.
|Kogin Table Runner by Olympus, completed January 1, 2013|
Love, love, love it. But it's been hanging around for several years. I orgingally had to put it away when Miss Alex became mobile, and seemed to think that my stitching stand was her own personal jungle gym. So away it went, and I concentrated on smaller projects that could be hidden away quickly from curious little hands. The owner of those little hands is now 6, so I have no excuse to hide this one away any more.
|Egypt Garden Mandala by Chatelaine|
Here's another one that I adore. Beautiful threads. Beautiful fabric. Algerian eyelets by the hundreds that really pissed off my tendinitis. So away this one went to rest my poor wrists. A couple of years ago. And hasn't made it back out yet.
|White Nights in St. Petersburg by Chatelaine|
I love the way this one looks, but for some reason I am completely unable to put more than 5 stitches in it at a time without getting bored. I tried getting it out again at Thanksgiving-time this year with the same result.
|Give Thanks by Glendon Place|
I enjoyed working on this one too. Can't remember why I put it aside. Dang.
|Royal Persian Bloom by Talliaferro|
|Alhambra Garden by Chatelaine|
|Twister by Patricia A. Spencer|
My current WIP, my new guilt-free start for the New Year. So far, I've been able to work on it straight through without putting it aside, but gosh that's a lot of blue and white. I'm working towards the bottom to get all that out of the way so when I get to her arms, head and hair it will be like a reward.
|Winter Queen by Mirabilia|
My other current WIP, for my Phase 2-3 Japanese Embroidery. I'm plugging along with the pre-work part of the instructions. I won't have another class until March, so I can do a little bit at a time.
|Hioge Fan by Japanese Embroidery Center|