Happy Sunday, happy mid-April.....happy finish to report!
Birds in the Bower is finally done and is about to fly south to the framer's. Did everyone hear me straining to get those last tiny stitches in last night? It wasn't a pretty sight, but I'm pleased with the final result.
I do think I caused the black row of stitches at the very bottom to bleed a bit when I pressed it. Can you see the shadows there? I'm just not going to let them bother me though, because trying to fix it will probably only result in disaster. Instead, I'll just choose to think of it as part of the overall charm of the piece. How's that for rationalization?! A few final details...
...and the bottom right, second time around.
All that over one on the right side was what had to be painstakingly picked out and re-stitched a second time with the correct lines of the verse. Enough to make me a little nutty, but sadly it probably won't be the last time! I'm considering the possibility of a mat on this one, once it actually lands at the framer's. Since it's not that large and isn't a reproduction, a mat might be a nice way to draw it all together inside a frame. More than likely it will also depend on the frame molding I settle on.
And for once, I have a new start on something not huge, in fact, almost a small! I think I must still be dragging my feet on another rendezvous with Hannah Pepper. But since it is the year of reckless abandon and the urge to give this little sweetie its final due was so hard to resist, I decided not to fight with myself over it. Does anyone remember these little "Remember the Ladies" sets Kreinik put out several years ago to market their Silk Mori?
I'm fairly sure I collected most, if not all of them, then stacked them neatly in my stitching closet and put them out of mind. When I'm honest with myself, I know it's because they all are fairly small projects and I didn't want to be stuck with a cute little piece of finished stitching and no hope of actually turning it into anything more than that. Well, now there's Faye and hope has returned for them. Check out my start.
As it turns out, the Milkpaint colors just glow on the linen, so it's been a thrill to have even this much of a beginning. And since the Birds have flown the roost and are no longer in competition for my attention, I'm also hoping it won't be too much of a time sink that delays the eventual return to Hannah Pepper by a long shot. Or who am I kidding...maybe that's exactly what I'm hoping for?! Poor Hannah....
So that's how things are in my stitching world right now. How are things in yours?
Oh yes, one more quick update...It's been a very long time since I've mentioned anything I've been listening to, but I've had the great pleasure recently of finishing an amazing audiobook. Can I share?
The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver.
This one could quite possible be the best book I've ever read. I've had mixed feeling about the author's other works. They're always beautifully crafted and thought provoking, but can occasionally get caught up in moralizing too heavily. The Lacuna is Kingsolver at her finest - beautiful prose and imagery, a complex story that raises difficult questions and a historical setting with characters that are relevant to a current reader. I have always been compelled by the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo What a joy to meet them on a different level as central characters of the story.
As always, I'm hoping this finds you stitching and caught up with all the things and people you love. Thanks for coming to visit!