Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Just keep stitching

Thank you for all the good thoughts about DH's job. He actually had an interview last week, and is still feeling quite optimistic. I also spoke with our daycare provider, and she said we could pay half-rate for a few months and then "catch up" once DH is employed...this is good to know, however, I hope we don't have to take advantage of it.

On the stitching front - I was at a library conference last week, and spent a few evenings in a (VERRRRY uncomfortable!) dorm room in Plattsburgh, NY. With nothing else to do, I stitched! And I finished Prairie Moon's "Moon Dance." I posted last time that this was a 30-ct. linen -- I was wrong, it is actually 36-ct. So my little moon dancer is quite tiny! But I still love this piece. I substituted for almost every color - the only colors that I used as called for are the green vine (GAST Dried Thyme), the stars (GAST Copper), and the top - darkest - layer of the ground (GAST Maple Syrup). I have my full list of substitutions somewhere, but I doubt anyone is THAT interested...and besides, keeping it to myself means that this piece is entirely MINE. And every time I look at it, I think of my daughter the dancing girl, the three unsuccessful pregnancies I had prior to her birth, and sometimes (when I'm feeling quite self-important) me as the moon watching over them all.


With "Moon Dance" finished, and a bag of silk flosses sitting next to my chair calling my name, I didn't see a good reason not to start Just Nan's "Mermaid Heart." The fabric is a piece of Sugar Maple Fabrics' "Dolphin Dance" that I've been hoarding for years now...I think it is perfect. (There is a bit more blue/green mottling in the fabric that doesn't show very well in this picture, at least not on this computer.)Some of the aqua blues may blend a teeny bit, but I actually like the effect.

Oh, and I also have an idea for Stitch Bitch's challenge that I need to get started on......

8 comments:

Gabi said...

Moon Dance is looking fantastic. Never seen that one before..love it. I also love your color changes and the meaning this piece has for you. Makes it so very special. :)
Lovely new WIP and very curious what your idea for the challenge is

Mouse said...

lovely finish :) and sooo special too :) and new start you deserve it ;) take care and hope all goes well for DH :) love mouse xxx

Anna van Schurman said...

I love the colors you chose. Can't wait to see what you get up to for the challenge!

weestitchy.com said...

i love moon dance, and congrats on the stitching on 36ct i keep picking my fabby up and putting it down again

Karen said...

Moon dance is such a cute design! Mermaid heart is off to a good start, too. Sorry to hear about your DHs job. I hope he finds something new quickly.

cucki said...

hi, its me cucki..moon dance is really very lovely stitching..i love it with my heart too..
i am sending lots of good wishes for your DHs job..with lots of good luck..
hugs xx

cucki said...

hi dear, i really love the group hello neighbour..i love to do rr..i really dont know how to leave you message so i am leaving it here..can i be part of hello neighbour rr group?can you please tell me about it..thank you..hope to hear from you soon..love xx

Parsley said...

Dropped by after seeing you got the 'traveling pattern'. Gave me a chance to meet another stitcher. HOORAY.

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