Sunday, April 29, 2007

Finished Haranger Runner:

Here it is all finished, after a nice bath and ironing. It took 73 1/2 hours to stitch, and is from Mary Hickmott's Easing into Hardanger.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Here is the Hardanger Table Runner, almost finished.

Just a few more filling stitches and then the hem.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The stitching is finished - time to start cutting

I finished all the Kloster blocks and ships and now I am ready to start cutting. Not too much longer and it will be done.

Friday, April 13, 2007

This past week's stitching:

I made some more progress on the American Soldier Memorial Project. At this point I am a little more than half way finished.

I also started this Hargandger Table Runner on Easter Sunday. I am about 2/3 done with the center motifs. It will be a raffle prize for the Youth group's fashion show at the end of this month. Hardanger is a Norwegian embrodery that involves cutting threads and filling stitches. I haven't done any cutting yet, I want to get all the Kloster blocks and other embroidery stitches done first before I cut and then fill in.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Rocky Mountain Christmas - 110 hours of stitching.

1065 Stitches this 10 hour session
13,566 total stitches so far
This was started in February of 2006. I figure about 2 1/2 years to complete, stitching 10 hours each month (I am 40 hours behind right now, hoping to catch up soon).

Friday, April 06, 2007

Happy Easter!

I stitched Balerina Bunny just in time for Easter! She is for the color Round Robin I am a part of, and is for Sara. Sara's color is 'rainbow' and she included some varigated rainbow floss to be used on her piece.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Another Update

Here is Rocky Mountain Christmas at 100 hours. I stitched 1321 stitches this session and have done 12,521 total stitches to date.

To answer a few questions that have come up. When doing a project of this size, I start by gridding the fabric. By running a thread every 10 stitches (20 threads because I am stitching over 2) vertically and horizontaly, I end up with 10 x 10 stitch squares that correspond to the the darker lines on the chart. Each 10 x 10 square is 100 stitches. It helps me make sure my thread count isn't off between stitches if I skip around.

As I stitch, I mark off the stitches on the chart with a yellow highlighter. At the end of each 10 hour session, I count how many stitches are highlighted total, subtract what was done before, and end up with a stitch count for that rotation. Counting is easy as a completed 10 x 10 square is 100 stitches.

Clear as mud?