Thursday, May 1, 2014

My camera is back!

Yay! I finally got my camera back from Nikon, and I can post again!

I have been working almost exclusively on The Knox Family sampler. It is a very slow painstaking process on this one, and it seems like I will never be finished.

The beginning rows of alphabet all use the same two colors, and it does get a bit monotonous.

Some of the dividers between the alphabets are interesting. It is hard to see the detail, but here is a slice.

The entire inner border is done in a straight stitch in dark gold.
The first dividing band is done in dark gold cross stitch.
The second band is done in a back stitch using medium green.
The third dividing band is done in a zig-zag fashion with alternating straight stitches of green on the upswing, and dark gold on the down swing.
The fourth dividing band is done in a Long Legged Cross Stitch.
The fifth dividing band is done in Old Fashioned Cross Stitch.

Finally I got to the point where I can work with pink!
Next come the large illuminated letters. Each one takes quite a while to complete.

First the letter is stitched, then the filigree work is completed.

This is where it stands so far.


(Donna, I totally agree with you about the colors. That is why I was drawn to this sampler was for the lovely muted shades. The linen colors goes perfectly with them).

I also did a little bit of work on Winter Watchers.
I finished the male cardinal.

I also finished the branch, and completed a few rows with the background gray, Here is how it looks now.

I will only be working on this once in a while, in between projects. I have to fill in all the gray, then do all the little white French knot snowflakes. That will take some time. I was thinking of making it into a pillow when it is finished.

Last but not least is my April TUSAL, just a few days late.

Although I get quite frustrated with the slow progress of the Knox sampler, I feel like it will be worth the trouble when it is finished, atleast I hope so!

I think my next project though will be an easy one!


Margaret said...

Both pieces are wonderful!!! The cardinals are just so cool! And the Knox Family Sampler is gorgeous! Love the pink! Yay for your camera!

P.J. said...

Love the cardinals. Cute stitching.

Giovanna said...

Great stitching on both - the sampler is so pretty, but I can see how it could get a bit tedious... keep going!

Mary said...

I loved seeing the details of the Knox Family, but they really come together in the overall piece. Hang in there! The colors are amazing together

cucki said...

Both pieces are so beautiful
Love them so much
Big hugs x

Barb said...

Both of your pieces are just beautiful!!! The Knox Sampler is amazing.

Susan said...

Glad you got your camera back so we could see your beautiful projects! Love the color differences between the two.

Karoline said...

Both projects are looking gorgeous, glad to hear you have your camera back

Brigitte said...

The Knox Family sampler is gorgeous, I love the big letters with the blackwork all around the letters.
This red cardinal is looking fantastic, I'm looking forward to seeing more of this piece.

ricketyjo said...

Both of your pieces are looking fab!

Erica said...

Thanks for all your kind words!