Tuesday, August 30, 2016

In No Time

This week so far I've added the coconuts to the palm tree

and stitched the "fluffy flowers" and the third of the four Bastet figures

and started again on the sky around the pyramids.

I am really pleased with how the coconuts turned out because of the shading in the variegated silks. The coconuts are done in an eyelet stitch, though I didn't pull the stitches tight because I don't want a hole in the center. I thought they'd look like doughnuts if I did. 😊

Something is off with Bastet. I stitched her correctly, so I think the way I outlined her made her look not quite right. I haven't decided yet whether to leave it as is or re-stitch the outline.

I showed my son the piece so far and after he admired the design and the colors he said, "If you buckle down you'll have it finished in no time." In no time--that makes it sound as if I'm almost done and it's encouraging.

I'm almost through the last season of Doc Martin on Netflix, so I'll have to find something as enjoyable to watch and listen to while I stitch.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Dratted Backstitching

Backstitching is not my favorite thing. The border with the sand and the red flowers is my least favorite part of this design, partly because the chart is hard to follow (the color symbols and the lines for the backstitching are muddled together) and partly because there's a ton of backstitching or long stitches in this section. I decided to concentrate on that border and get all that drafted backstitching finished.
I admit I took breaks from it to work on the corner palm tree bit. The palm tree is all finished except for the coconuts which I'll add tonight.  You might not be able to tell from this photo, but the trunk of the palm tree is eyelet stitches inside an outline of long stitches. I really like doing the specialty stitches on this piece, and the eyelets give the trunk a nice texture.

  While I stitch, I've been binge-watching Doc Martin again. It's my favorite show. I'd watched the whole series (at least, all of it that's on Netflix) once before, but I like it so much that I'm watching it all over again from the beginning. I enjoy it even more now that I've seen some of the animal documentaries that Martin Clunes has been in and discovered that he's nothing like the disagreeable, dog-hating doctor he plays in Doc Martin.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


I have come to the conclusion that I am a very slow stitcher; to-wit, the small difference between yesterday's photo and today's.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Forty-four Percent

How much of this piece have I completed? A chunk, but I still have a ways to go. I decided to use spaghetti noodles (uncooked, of course!) to divide the piece into small sections so I could get a better idea of how much of it I've finished.

About 44%, I think. 

Just A Bit

Just a bit of progress.

I think next I'll start on the tan-and-yellow section at the bottom. (Like the part between the ducks and the columns in the part to the right there that's done.)

Saturday, August 6, 2016


It took way longer than I thought it would to finish those ducks! This is partly because I find backstitching tedious and so I stitch really slowly. However, the real culprit here is my decision to binge-watch the rest of Season 2 of Bloodline on Netflix. Holy moly. I'd get involved in the show and realize that I had watched almost a whole episode without taking a stitch. If you like dark family drama, I highly recommend Bloodline. It's a slow burn, but it's riveting. Sissy Spacek is one of my favorite actresses and she delivers as the complicated, troubled matriarch of the Rayburn family. Besides, the sets of the interior of Rayburn House Inn are gorgeous--beachy without being kitschy, beautiful fabrics and wallpapers, and set decorations that make it seem like a house that's been lived in for 40 years.

Anyway, the ducks are done. :)