Monday, January 23, 2012

IHSW & TUSAL!

Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous thread spread post! Made me warm and fuzzy inside! I have since organized all the threads into their own individually-labeled ready-for-stitching baggies and Boyfriend and I went to my LNS and I bought a 30" scroll frame. Since Greek Mandala is the only thing I'm going to be working on that requires a scroll frame, I'll sew it on (read: I'll have my mom sew it on) which will hopefully help with the tension. If it doesn't, I'm buying those clampy thingies Joyce showed me (thanks Joyce!). And, since I have decided to go with a scroll frame for Greek - I'll probably bead as I go, except for the Swarovski crystals since they're huge - those I will do at the end. The delica beads are tiny enough, though, that I don't think it will be an issue.

Now on to the subject of this post: IHSW and TUSAL! IHSW first!

Before:


After:


Middle Earth from Heaven and  Earth Designs
Stitching on 25 count antique white Evenweave
1 thread over 1 with DMC

I didn't make as much progress as I wanted to. I seem to be stitching this piece a lot slower than some of my other ones. Could be the 70-something shades of brown, but I could be wrong ;)

And now, for my first ever TUSAL pic. Being Polish, I naturally keep it in a beer glass. It's not located anywhere exciting, unfortunately - just on my nightstand. But here it is!


Boyfriend has gotten into the habit of putting any blonde hairs he finds on me or him in that cup - specifically for the purpose of driving me crazy, so I have to empty it of hair once in a while. Currently it is hair-free and filled with bits and pieces of Tiny Rose Garden, Mario, Middle Earth and College!

EDIT: Boyfriend wishes his side of the story to be heard regarding this. Apparently he does this because my hair gets everywhere. Including into the mouth of his best friend while they were out on a jog and I was nowhere to be seen. True story. 

19 comments:

sharine said...

Haha that sounds like something my DH would do. Middle earth is looking good.

missy-tannenbaum said...

Wow, that looks like so much progress for a weekend, especially since the stitches are all spread out like that. It looks like the level of detail in this will be amazing!

Joysze said...

Roflmao at the hair story! Surely he didn't kiss his friend in the mouth in greeting...? Hahaha!!

Whooot whoot on the scroll rod. One step closer. I wouldn't bead, even with the delicas. I presume you like a tight tension when stitching? The beads, as small as they are, leave dents in the fabbie when they're rolled up tight and it would really suck to have those dents in your silks. :S

I bead at the end where I don't need as tight a tension and I put 2 layers of thin batting over the beaded parts before scrolling. Protects everything from delicas to crystals and keeps them upright. :)

Middle Earth looks awesome!! You got so much done.

cucki said...

wow great progress..looking so stunning..
lovely orts xxx

♥ Nia said...

That's such a big project!! It looks like a lot of progress! Good work :)

Heli said...

I use the E-Z Stitch No Baste System to attach my fabrics to scroll rods. You just attach this (http://www.123stitch.com/cgi-perl/itemdetail.pl?item=123-7441) to the scroll rods and this (http://www.123stitch.com/cgi-perl/itemdetail.pl?item=123-7452) to the fabric, and you can attach your fabric to the scroll rods without any sewing. I like it, saves time and makes it really easy to switch between projects.

Even though you say you didn't accomplish as much as you would have liked, that still looks like a fair amount of progress to me! :)

Melissa said...

Lol about the hair. Mine gets everywhere too.

Good job on Middle Earth-that many browns would drive me crazy :)

Faerie said...

Great progress on Middle Earth!

Linda said...

Love your blog and your work :)

TammyK said...

You made some nice progress on Middle Earth. One stitch at a time :-)

nikkin said...

Still loling about the hair! ME looks great, can't wait til you start your new project!

/hugs,
Nikki

Rita said...

Hello:)
That project of yours its not very easy!! It's becoming beautiful;) Keep it up;)**

Juls said...

Lovely stitching and great progress.....Can't wait to see more!!!!

Valentina said...

I love Middle Earth because I'm a huge LOTR fan, but I don't think that I'll never be able to stitch somthing with so many shades of just one colour!
As for the hair, mine get everywhere too!!

Annie said...

Hi

Just found your blog.

Your Middle Earth project will be stunning. I never realised there were that many shades of brown.
Your TUSAL glass is great.

Love your "Thread Spread" for your Greek Mandala. The floss colours are beautiful.

Kate said...

Great progress on Middle Earth.

jcat0629 said...

I love your progress...you really did get a lot done. Those BAPs take awhile to see the major progress but it's definitely there so keep it up!

I cracked up at your boyfriend placing your hairs in the ORT glass. My fiance & our son constantly complain that my hair gets everywhere too....my porrs son said he pulled one from his "butt crack" the other day - my hair must've gotten into the clean laundry. Sheesh!

Mangogirl said...

:) great progress

Mangogirl said...

great progress :D