Here is the "Wise Old Owl" kit - note the broken threads from where I removed my first attempt at assembly.
Given that neither DH or I got the jobs for which we interviewed on the trip where I bought this, perhaps it is appropriate that I can't get it together properly. I think the next time I try, I'll 1) use upholstery thread and 2) turn it from the top (instead of the bottom as the instructions indicated). While this isn't finish-finished, it does fall under my WIPocalypse goal of doing more smalls, so there's that...
And here's a bit of progress on "Family Treasure III."
I wouldn't say I've been ignoring it, but I HAVE been working like mad on that darned owl...plus Just Nan's "Wings" lives by my chair upstairs, and I'd like to get that finished before I go to Celebration of Needlework at the end of the month.
Finally, Measi's question of the month:Which specialty stitches do you love doing on projects? Which do you dread?
I love Algerian eyelets and Smyrna crosses. I especially love the Smyrnas when they are done over enough threads and with the right amount of floss so as to look delicate and different - for example, I've done some that called for the stitch to be done over 2 threads with 2 strands of floss, and I felt that they just looked like big lumps of floss when they were finished. I could barely tell them from a regular cross stitch!In terms of dread....satin stitches. I think I pull them too hard, because they always look "lumpy" to me, with thin spots and too-big holes. I've been told in the past to try a laying tool, which helped somewhat, but they still aren't my favorite. That could explain why "Wings" is still languishing - all the fairies have satin-stitched skirts!