Monday, January 26

HAED Pure Nature Week 2

I seem to have skipped an update on Cut-Thru Cottage from working on it the week of 12th bu:t I did work on it and will take a picture today to do an update tomorrow.

Last week was Pure Nature's week and I did (or at least thought I did) a really good amount of progress.  Then I saw a lady who finished a whole column in one day and that really hit home how slow I stitch.

I kind of did my own hermit weekend so other than basic cleaning and cooking I spent every free minute in front of my stand, and on average a really good day for me is 300 - 400 stitches.  This week will be a lot less stitching time, as now I have to pay for my slack weekend in household work and it's also the week I need to wash all the windows and the curtains.

Anyway you didn't come here for all my rambling, but came for the pictures... so without further ado I present Pure Nature:

I realized that my stitching will never be tidy and I think I have to just get used to that.  I work down in columns while parking, but I park both down and to the side if needed and also start and end my threads in such a way that I don't ever have to flip my frame.  That means there are all the ended threads sitting there waiting to be stitched over and then only snipped off when I complete the square next to them.  That means threads everywhere but it works for me and makes life easier with the stitching, but doesn't make for a pretty sight.

HAED is having a 50% off sale and in a day or two I plan on buying Midnight Vigil.  It will be a start to kitting up, though I will only get it started near the end of the year due to the black threads will be bought as a birthday present to myself in August.

Thank you for the heads up about buying the cones, as I was not aware of it and have asked a shop to see if they can look into the cost and if they can buy some for me.  I liked the idea of using anchor black because it gives better coverage, but I have never come across a place here that sells the anchor.  If you are lucky to find a place that sells cross stitch threads it is always DMC.  Not that I am complaining as most designs use DMC but it would be nice to be able to also use Madeira threads once in awhile, as I love some of their colours.

Next design to start kitting up will be QS Blue Butterfly as I plan on alternating that one with Pure Nature for page finishes, and as far as I can work out Pure Nature Page 1 should be finished in another 3 weeks of working on her and that leaves me just over a month to get all the threads together for QS Blue Butterfly.


sharine said...

Beautiful progress. Great new stash addition:)

Linda said...

Wonderful progress Monique. Looking forward to seeing your progress on the Cottage.


Lija Broka said...

Well done on the progress; just because someone stitches faster than you does not mean you should think any less of your work (maybe they stitch non stop with no breaks or commitments). My mum is an extremely fast knitter, I used to get disheartened with my slow progress. But she said to me that she can't understand how I pick a project after project with complicated plats and stitches and she wouldn't even start one like that. So each one to their own. Have you tried ebay (anchor can be shipped to most countries from UK ... though you have to buy a few shades) and I agree I am yet to find someone who stocks madeira at a reasonable price. Good luck on more progress!