Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Parrot 1

Again, I seem to have neglected taking a before picture for IHSW. Oh well. Just imagine the following with maybe 20 fewer stitches, because IHSW was an epic fail for me this time around. Too much work to do and not enough time meant bad stitching results.

That being said, though, I did manage to get quite a bit of stitching done on the week before IHSW, so there's that at least! I'm really enjoying the Golden Kite pattern, even though it's actually vastly different than HAED. First of all, it's being stitched on 18 count Aida instead of 25 count evenweave, with two threads over 1, full crosses, and blended threads (GASP!). I do have to say, though, the blended threads give it a beautiful effect of barely discernible color change while still achieving it, making a subtle gradient effect. You can barely see it in the photo I'm going to show you - but it's there!

Also it doesn't hurt that the stitch count per page is about 3000 - which means page finishes are much faster and progress is more visible, which gives you a sense of accomplishment. I will probably be buying HAED charts in large chart format from now on due to this.

So without further ado, here is my start on Handsome Helpful (overworked) Fiancé's "Still Life With Parrot"


15 comments:

cucki said...

Looking nice..
Happy stitching xxx

Linda said...

You made a good start on it Ewa.

Linda

sharine said...

Great start:)

Pull the other thread said...

Great start.

stitchstitchknit said...

What a fantastic start =) I will one day stitch a GK, too. I always buy large format charts so I get to a finished page faster ;-) The SAL pages are regular format and they always seem to take forever ;-)

Heli said...

A great start! I stitch my HAEDs and GKs in 10x10 squares and celebrate after every finished square, so the number of stitches per page doesn't really matter for me, but I can see how it does matter for someone with a different technique.

TammyK said...

Awesome start!

Anne said...

Very good, lot of counting I can see!! Happy Stitching!! :)

Stitching Noni said...

Great start :)

Anne said...

FAbulous start darling!! I do see the effect of the two different threads together...very clever of them. Hugs!!

Topcho said...

Looking great! I think I'm seeing the blending effect too, looks beautiful!

Claire said...

Great start.

The Crafty Princess said...

Yay I'm really glad you enjoy the use of blending threads. Good choice picking the 18ct, as the 22ct was just too small and the blending effect was lost on it, well I think anyway. I just started my second GK and I'm loving the beautiful effects on blending.

Great progress so far and I agree with how awesome it feels to stitch with large chart formats. It doesn't seem too daunting.

Can't wait for more from this lil baby!
Alicia xox

Caitlin Jordan said...

beautiful stitching :D

Joysze said...

At least you stitched. :S College is looking wonderful, btw. :D