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Monday, February 15, 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness -February report

Another month gone, I can hardly believe it.  This year seems to be sliding away from me super quickly.  I've made good progress on Christmas Dreams, and I'm now about a third of the way through the fourth page. The bottom section of the page will stitch up faster - there are actual blocks of solid colour!  I have adjusted to stitching sideways, but I do wish I had marked the symbols on my floss cards more thoughtfully.  I just copied them as they appeared on the floss list - if I had been thinking clearly, I would have first turned the floss list round sideways, and then copied the symbols.  Though I suppose it's extra exercise for my grey matter - recognizing that the 'J' I am searching for is really the 'n' and the '3' is the 'm'.  It's the arrows, triangles and 'feathers' that are trickiest - but I think I have it mastered now.  A less stubborn person might re-mark the floss cards,  but I'm pretty stubborn!

Here's where I stopped last night.

My other stitching in the past month was two Christmas ornaments, Christmas gifts for my oldest great-niece and great-nephew.


So, it will be more of the same next month -  when I finish this page of Christmas Dreams I will make a few ornaments. Then back to Christmas Dreams ...

21 comments:

Annie said...

Oh boy, it would drive me nuts to stitch a project sideways so I admire you for doing it! I love following your progress though...even if it is sideways lol!

Marie said...

Love the names -Chloe/Dylan. You ornaments for these special relatives are gorgeous! I too am going to try to get a jump start on 2016 ornament stitching!
HAED? Is this your 1st? I have 6 designs and have started one twice...I did not like how it looked, ugh! I used 25ct Lugana, 1 strand, full cross. Your looks beautiful. Do you full cross or tent?

Tiffstitch said...

Gorgeous ornaments!! And nice progress too.

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Wonderful ornaments
I love them

Mini said...

Your HAED is growing beautifully with all those colors. I'm a fan of your ornament making skills.

Lynne Frankham said...

Marie, it's my second HAED. I stitched Jolly Old Fellow in 2009-2012. He is quite stunning, if I do say so myself. I am stitching on 22 count and just doing continental stitch 2 strands of floss. I did the same for JOF and it worked out well.

Julie said...

Lots of lovely progress on the HAED, it looks amazing
Beautiful ornaments you are creating for the festive season this year.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. You're making great progress on your Santa and the little ornies give the instant satisfaction of a finish or two each month.

Lynne Frankham said...

Jo, one of the things my first HAED taught me was that my favourite part of the stitching process was actually the finishing. Delayed gratification is not my thing!

Lynne Frankham said...

Thank you, Julie.

Lynne Frankham said...

Thank you, Annie. Sideways stitching is getting easier with practice. One advantage is that there are only 6 charts in each row, so I should be able to complete a row in about 3 months. Which would give a total stitching time (for 11 rows of charts) of almost 3 years. Time will tell.

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Justine said...

I'm with you on the delayed gratification! You've got the perfect balance there - a huge long term project and some quick wins in between. Those beaded ornaments are beautiful.

Lynne Frankham said...

Thank you, Mini. I am totally in awe of the HAED designers. The detail is amazing. The way they get shade and light into the design is incredible. But I'm mnot such a fan of the confetti stitching! I love making the Christmas ornaments. It's an indulgence!

Lynne Frankham said...

Thank you, Justine. I'm really enjoying it! I think everyone needs a hobby ... maybe even a obsession ... and I found mine!

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Lynne Frankham said...

Thank you. I'm really enjoying my stitching time.

Lynne Frankham said...

Thank you, Tiffstitch. I do love stitching Christmas ornaments - it gives me joy.

Lynne Frankham said...

Thank you, Mini. I am totally in awe of the HAED designers. The detail is amazing. The way they get shade and light into the design is incredible. But I'm mnot such a fan of the confetti stitching! I love making the Christmas ornaments. It's an indulgence!

Kaisievic said...

Christmas Dreams is looking fabulous but I am confused, why are you stitching it sideways? Cute ornies, too.

Stitching Noni said...

Your ornie's are beautiful :o)
Hugs xx