Today is Easter - how on earth did that happen?! The time of year seems right for it and my calendar seems to agree. But my slow moving brain just hasn't caught up yet. Wasn't Christmas last week? Anyway, my apologies for the length of time between posts.
Why is it that with all stitching projects, no matter what size, difficulty and number of thread changes required, I always reach the point somewhere in the lower right corner where I just want the darn thing done. Case in point: Birds in the Bower.
No really - shouldn't this be done by now?! Seeing how I started it as a brief escape from the epic border on Hannah Pepper, it's not all that large, there is nothing but cross stitches on it and I've already stitched it once before......this thing should have been done weeks ago, right? Well, not so much.
The bottom row of birds went in easily enough....
I even noticed a cardinal had stopped in for a visit. He must have come this way after spending time with Carol.
Turning the bottom right corner and mapping out the scallops did take a fair amount of fiddling, but they do seem to be on their way now though.
So what exactly is the issue? Well take a look at this.
Notice anything suspicious looking at what should have been a delicate line of over one verse? Yep, that's right. 2 full rows of tiny over one stitching - never my favorite, even the first time in - filled that space and then had to be removed because this bird brain didn't read the chart right. No excuses here, I've even stitched this piece before and still got it all wrong. I'll save you the painful details of this senseless tragedy, but let's just leave it to say that when I checked the photo of Teresa's piece and then verified it with the one on the chart, I realized I'd put the lines in the wrong places. Leaving them that way would only cause much worse problems further along. Nothing to do but pick them out one tiny stitch at a time - aaacck!. What remains in the picture still will be this afternoon's chore. So you can see now why I just want the darn thing done.
While walking this morning, I was trying to decide what else I could post about that might be somewhat Easter related. Then I remembered that many many years ago during my Drawn Thread period, I'd stitched up The Easter Egg Sampler, then promptly packed it off to limbo once finished. Here's a picture of it resurrected this morning.
Seeing as the date I'd stitched at the bottom of it is April 8, 2000, it might be time to actually do something with this little sweetie. But therein lies the problem. If I'd really wanted to go to the bother and expense of having it framed, I'm sure I would have done so by now. But it doesn't really seem like the sort of thing to be fabric finished, even by the skillful hands of our favorite Faye. What would you do with it? I'd love to have some ideas!
OK, so I think that brings me up to speed for this Easter Sunday. Hoping yours if full of spring and celebration! As always, thanks for stopping by to visit.