Last week, I mentioned the Long Dog Sampler that I’m using to teach my niece how to do counted cross stitch. Here’s an update on our progress…
The Long Dog Sampler, Angel Pavement, is proving fun to work, due to the variety of little motifs. I’m glad we chose 28 count linen to work the sampler on – it is ending up looking like little petit point squares, which is nice.
By the end of the weekend, we had both worked several of the designs within the squares on the sampler, leaving the backgrounds blank. I don’t know if this is the “best” way to go about this kind of work. I was thinking it might be a better idea, stitch-wise, to have several working threads going at one time, and simply stitching in rows. If we did this, I think the stitches would end up much more precise.
It just seems more fun to work the design in the square first, then fill in around it with the background. Any avid counted cross-stitchers out there? Is there a “right” or “wrong” way to approach stitching completely filled areas? Let me know!
You can see in the first square at the top that the background has been filled in. In the subsequent squares, the design is being worked first, and then we’re filling in the backgrounds.
So far, I haven’t made any changes in the sampler, except on this square. On the original design, the date is 2007, but I thought it appropriate to change the 7 to a 9!
Last night, I did start stitching in the background on this purple bird fellow. The background is a pale yellow. It’s amazing how the color of the background really changes the look of the motif, and I’m eager to finish the background so I can compare a before and after, with the yellow background stitched in.
On the third block down in this strip, the background is black. I think that will drastically change the look of that square.
Anyway, so far so good. That’s pretty much where we are right now, though my niece may be a bit further ahead than I am at the moment! I need to meet up with her some time this week so we can compare results!
Other than that project going right now, I’ve been doing some studio cleaning and book organization, and planning another project which I will share with you soon. After a very rainy weekend, I was hoping for a sunny week to film two videos I want to make for you. Unfortunately, the rain lingers! But all the green things are growing – so when the sun does show itself next time, I’m sure it’s going to be a brilliant spring world out there!
I’m still debating about this needlework shop hop for the coming weekend. Six hours of driving?! I’m not sure! Now, if I had a chauffeur and I could embroider the whole time, that would be decidedly different!
Enjoy your Wednesday!!