Yesterday afternoon, I headed out to the the little studio at the back of the house with the best intentions in the world. I was going to devote some quality time to “real” work – I had some paperwork to take care of – and then, once I felt I had accomplished a reasonable amount of work, I was going to do some more work setting up Christmas cards. It was a perfectly feasible – even admirable – plan for my late afternoon hours…
There I sat, inspecting the pile of paperwork before me, when suddenly, my eye was arrested by Christine Bishop’s Schwalm Whitework Embroidery.
I contemplated the book. I contemplated the pile of papers.
Literally, it was calling to me. I’m sure I heard it. What can one do?
The next thing I knew, I was engrossed in a Chicken. (She’s got a cute chicken in there.)
Now, I didn’t stray so much from my Plan of the Day as to completely forget the cards I was supposed to be preparing. I thought to myself, “A Card. I could maybe make a Schwalmish Christmas Chicken card. I mean, everyone’s heard of the Christmas Chicken, haven’t they?”
And so I tinkered, and this is what I came up with:
I drew the design out on graph paper first. I wasn’t as precise as I should have been. Some intersections were off, and I didn’t space the dots as carefully as they needed to be on the longer stretches of stitch. You’ll see what I mean….
I placed a piece of tracing paper over the picture I had drawn on the graph paper, and used different colored ink (pink and purple – though you can’t tell in the photo) to trace the picture in dots, where I would pierce the pattern.
Then I put the tracing paper over the cardstock – I’m using a textured red, with a red core (not white core card stock) – and pierced the design.
The large dots around the edge in the blurry photo above are eyelets, actually. The card will be backed with a white card, and the chicken’s eye, the eyelets around the edge, and the eyelets on the wing and tail (which you can’t see yet, because they aren’t punched) will show the white background. That’s the plan, anyway.
Once I got to that point in my Christmas chicken adventure, I decided I better do what I planned to do, or I’d be in trouble later.
So I readdressed that stack of papers.
But then it occurred to me that I wasn’t sure what thread I would stitch that Christmas Chicken with. So I decided I better rummage through thread while it was still sunny outside. (Well, you know the old superstition, that thread rummaging should never be done after sunset?)
And I came upon a #80 DMC cordonette – small stuff, for cordonette.
I finished my thread rummaging right before sunset. But of course, you know I wouldn’t start stitching until I had taken care of my paperwork! No, no. I just had to line up my resources, so when I could be irresponsible, everything would be ready.
Ok. So that’s what I did yesterday before the sun went down.
And shortly after the sun went down, I did this:
There are a few blurby spots I need to take care of. I think, if I ever do this again, I’ll change my approach on some of the pricking dots. It was a learning experience. Gosh, I just feel So Accomplished and So Responsible for making certain I had a learning experience yesterday…….
Tonight, I’m bonding with papers. And please don’t try to talk me out of it!