Saturday, May 1, 2010

March Madness: Final Week

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The final week of March saw me working on what is probably the hubby's favorite WIP, Teresa Wentzler's Peacock Tapestry:If you can find those few leaves I've got done, you'll see how very far I have to go. Honestly, I may have spent more time trying to track down the purple pencil lead I was using to highlight the pattern than stitching! I love this piece; one of my favorite parts is the sassy partridge at the bottom left corner who has been one-upped by the peacock in his own tree.

The next day was stitch group, and I picked a pretty stress-free project. I had started on Berroco's Firenze scarf, but I really hated the way the base of the scarf was looking. Even though most of it would be covered with flowers, it looked icky to me. So, I decided to try a knitted lace net pattern rather than a crocheted one.It still needs a lot of work; the yarn requirements for the flowers was WAY off, I think, so I'm going to end up having to do some serious modifications, or throw in some more colorways. There's a lot of work to be done, but at least I feel good knowing I have a plan of action that I'll be happy with.

From extreme color to whitework, the next day brought a Linda Driskell class piece, Old Hedebo Heart Sampler.This was another class with prework; that bottom heart you see was finished in class. The top heart was cut in class, but just barely started. This night, I finished the first trip and got about half of the bottom one done.It was extremely relaxing! Once again I wonder just how long it would take to finish the piece....

Two peacocks in one week! I was really happy to see Just Nan's Keep a Little Secret come out of the pile, because I had actually drawn it earlier in the month, but not been able to start it. It was a birthday order that had not arrived the first time I drew it.It doesn't look like I got much done, but it feels like I did! =)

It was drawing near to the end of the month, but I was getting t-i-r-e-d! Not tired of the projects...I was feeling a big sense of regret that so many in the bowl had not been picked (I started with twice as many as I'd need, so I knew that was going to happen, but still...) I was tired because I had stitched more in one month than I normally do. If I get home from work tired, I may not do anything. But this month I'd pushed myself a little more...partly due to excitement! The penultimate project was Chatelaine's Sapphire, which had been languishing because I'd run out of gold braid. I'd finally ordered some, but it had been lying around for a while waiting for me to get motivated.Sooooo close. I really thought I might finish it, but I couldn't summon the energy to finish the beads. I did finish it in April, but that's another post for another day. =)

The final project was Dogwood Stitchery, yet another class project that hasn't seen the light of day since the class. You can tell how tired I was because by the time I figured out where I wanted to stitch on the thing, I only managed two words.This was actually stitched on March 30th. I drew for March 31st, but it was another one with no obvious starting point, so I ended up just staring at it for the night.

Hope you enjoyed the madness along with me!

The draw-a-project-a-day madness of March has come to an end. But what should I stitch on now?


Jackie's Stitches said...

Gorgeous projects! I really like the Lizzy Kate project and the whitework. I've thoroughly enjoyed your March Madness!

Pixie said...

Heather, They are all beautiful. My favorite is Chatelaine's Sapphire - but then blue IS my favorite color. Can't wait to see it finished.
By the way, came to Stitches South - - everything I picked up was blue!!HA! Pixie

Glenda said...

Very enjoyalble. The leaves in PT are a pain but the rest goes quickly.

Susan @ Real Girl Designs said...

You've been busy! I love the Linda Driskell piece, and the Rae Iverson one, too.

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