This little canvas work sampler has been fun, but it’s absolutely time to end it! The problem with “design-as-you-go” samplers is that sometimes, you just keep going… and going… and going. And that can be detrimental to a couple things: the overall design, and the ability to get anything else accomplished!
But I’ve come pretty much to the stopping point – I’m going to fill in one more tiny section, touch up the flaws, embroidery a tiny border around it, and call it finished.
It’s a little… much! And all packed in to about 4″ x 5.5″ But the advantage to working on something like this is that you don’t have time to get bored before you switch to another color and stitch.
I think this little section is my favorite part. I like the diamond pattern on the right side of the paisley, and the gold filling on the left side.
In fact, here’s the gold filling up close. I probably used too many strands of floss – the stitches look pretty packed and pudgy. I used 3 strands of Soie d’Alger, in two colors of gold. The stitch is actually upright cross stitch, although with the dark gold, the top stitch of the cross is horizontal, and with the light gold, it’s vertical. (I did that on purpose, just to see what effect it would have on the whole filling.)
I also like this little guy sticking up – an afterthought. Too many afterthoughts can spoil the look, but this one, I like!
And I like the little shaded curl. The backgrounds are half cross stitch, in alternating colors of light gold / dark gold, and light purple / dark purple. They also go in different directions. The golds are silk Soie d’Alger; the purples are stranded cotton (DMC); the greens on the curl are Eterna flat silk.
So that’s that project, almost finished. I should be able to fill in that empty space tonight and put an edge on it.
And the hobby room is coming along well – should be finished by the middle of next week (I hope!). It was a single car garage on the back of the house. But I live in a small house, which has little interior storage space, so the garage is being converted into storage space for household stuff as well as for hobby stuff, and an area for working projects. There will be a large table out in the middle of the room and, eventually, a sewing machine and so forth.
So this is what it looks like:
Over on the right wall, those are floor-to-ceiling cabinets – there will be adjustable shelving in there.
That’s the same wall of cabinets, looking in the other direction.
And that’s the wall opposite the cabinets – which will also be lined with the same floor-to-ceiling cabinets. So the only wall space will actually be below the big window, really – a sewing table would fit there. The freezer is also out there, so it’s not a LOT of space, but it is space, nonetheless!
I’m still troubling over a good organizational method – bins, or cubby-hole type small shelves – for fabrics, threads, and whatnot. Any suggestions are most welcome!
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