i was able to finish this up last night, and now i'm happy dancing my way into the weekend!
the background seemed to plague me this time around. not sure if it seemed longer because i was traveling, or because there was more space to cover. in any case, i was more than happy to trade the navy floss for memory thread!
here's how my girl first looked after i tacked down the memory thread...
and after i curled the thread around my needle...
i'm purposely keeping the hair longer until it comes back from the finisher when i can trim it and fluff up the curls. the great thing about memory thread is that you can play and bend to your heart's content, so this will be ongoing fun!
this is my progress from all the in-flight stitching this weekend. it looks meager, but it never ceases to amaze me just how time consuming basketweave can be!
the good news is that i'm over the hump. the top part is the most daunting of the background stitching, and it's blue skies and rainbows from here. poor girl is dying for a trip to le salon for her memory thread hair. hah.
as i sat stitching at the gate last night in phoenix waiting to board the last leg to new orleans, a mom with a newborn leaned over and said "oh wow, that is so beautiful, do you paint it or follow a guide?" i showed her my baby jesus canvas and said "oh, it's painted and i stitch over that."
she replied with "oh. (pause) 'cause i was going to say that's really good"
but it sort of felt like the subtext she implied was "it would be a lot more impressive if you had stitched this without a painted guide."
have you ever had a instance like this happen to you?
that's right. i'm saving the basketweave background for my flight to LA this weekend for a girls' trip!
this is the first time i've actually been excited to start the background for one of my nativity projects, since the flight from louisiana to california is a long one, and will no doubt lend itself to some serious progress!
when we last left off, i had completed the top half of the angel and her dress. i started on the orange basketweave for the bottom half of her dress, then followed that up with the turquoise tents.
the stitch guide called for red french knots in the center of each square, and for some reason that didn't sit well with me. remember how i went rogue with the elephant? i did it again. while the red worked on the elephant, i just wasn't feeling it on the angel. but you know what what did feel right?
purple! and beads!
i love it! i've already got the navy thread packed and ready to go for my flight! and just in case i miraculously finish this...i'm bringing the next project along for the ride too!
i'm off for a long weekend and will be back next week (hopefully with stitchy updates!)
i am so happy to be back stitching my nativity club, especially this cutie little angel girl!
i feel so bad that she's bald, but the memory thread hair will be well worth the wait
i was able to complete the top half of her body over the weekend, and once again i'm loving the colors! i'm having trouble loving the gobelin variation stitch in the turquoise, the compensation seems to interrupt it so much. i'll give it some time though.
only the bottom half of her dress is left before the fated navy basketweave background commences!
i started the next candy cane last night and am hoping the upcoming holiday will help make this a quick finish!
i'm using neon rays for the OU candy canes, just to give it some variety. i originally thought i might do different stitches on each one, but i love the effect of the cashmere stitch. don't want to mess up a good thing, especially when these are relatively smaller projects.
i managed to stitch up the second TCU candy cane this weekend and after a quick stop at the lns, i was properly equipped to bead!
so i know i mentioned last week that i was just going to tent stitch the letters for my parents' gifts and bead my own...but that plan was out the door after the first beaded letter was completed. it was too cute to deny anyone the joy of having their very own candy cane with beaded letters!
so i ripped out the tent stitches and beaded that one too!