Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Meeting on the Turret Stairs, Pages 4 and 5 - ROW FINISH

I know, I know, it's supposed to be a Wind Moon update, but I have a pretty good excuse.  I decided to purchase a Quantum Frame, one that would fit my crazy large Wind Moon. 
For those of you who don't know what a Quantum frame is, behold!  It's the same concept as the Millennium frame, but without the bad customer service and the year long wait.  I had my frame within a month of ordering.  I can personally say I recommend the Omanik factory.  Plus they sent me chocolate in my order. Seriously, who does that? 

Because my frame is so long (90 cm) I also ordered the extra long 14" adapter from Sew and Sew, which I am still waiting for.

When I received my frame, I got so excited to load up my project, so I did immediately.  Er... well, "immediately" might be stretching the truth by a bit.  I attempted  to load my project.  Several FlossTube tutorial video's later, I had it nice and even on my frame, but it was too big for my stand without my adapter.  So I'm waiting for that to arrive before I work on Wind Moon again.  I can tell you I'm itching to work on it. So much so I'm considering taking it out of the frame.  Please, somebody talk me out of doing this! 

But, Wind Moon's loss was Turret Stairs' gain.  I'm done another row and am now officially more than half way done the project. And as I'm off to Toronto on Wednesday, this will be the project I take with me, so there may be another Turret update before you see Wind Moon again. 

I think I also forgot to post a picture of Winter Hat Owl all framed up in his clever red frame. 

Here you go! 

That's about all I have to report at this time. Now I must run and do a marathon laundry/packing/cleaning because I fly out tomorrow at 5:50 am, which means I have to be at the airport at 4:50, which means I have to be up at 3 am.  *Insert not-impressed emoticon here* I think there is going to be some sleeping on the plane instead of stitching. 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Wind Moon, Pages 6 and 7, Full Row is Complete

 Pages 7 and 8.

And a full row is done. 

Thanks to my superior math skills (not) I am actually 12% done, not 1%.  There's a reason I'm not a mathematician. 

So, I posted an update on the Heaven and Earth page and someone pointed out to me that the colours on this seemed "off".  I've seen this project's updates on the HaED Yuku page and it seems just right. I remember when I first saw a wip, I thought it stitched up a little darker than the picture shows, but I still thought it was beautiful.  But this person tagged me to a finished mini where it was much brighter than this one.  So I went on a bit of a research mission, which is not easy, as this is retired from HaED. I found a comment where someone mentioned that this design was re-charted in 2013. 
I'm just wondering if anyone here knows more about that? I'm just curious as to what the difference is.

I bought Indigo Moon and Amethyst Moon when HaED retired Nene Thomas from their list of artists, and I thought I'd had Wind Moon in my stash, but it turns out I did not, so due to Nene just retiring from HaED, Ebay was chock a block full of patterns.  So I bought this one and mini Asaria, assuming they would be the latest copies. But now I'm wondering if my copy is an older copy?  Both patterns were in pristine condition when I received them, and show no sign of wear. I guess it's always possible that  it was someone's old stash, it just seems unlikely. 

At this point I'm only just curious, because A) the chance of getting my hands on the re-charted version is slim and B) I'm 7 pages in and not starting again. I don't really care if she's darker, I'm just going to enjoy the journey and see how she turns out.  The WIP I saw on the Yuku site was beautiful, so if she turns out half as nice, I will be happy.   It just made me go hmmm.

It's coming up to my birthday next month, and it's a biggie. So I've been spoiling myself rotten!  I managed to get my hands on a corner clamp for my Lowery stand (Thanks to Gemma at Lowery for that) and I've ordered a Quantum frame that I intend to use on Wind Moon.  I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait!!!!  Spoiled is me!

Well that's really all the news I have to share at the moment.   I hope to have an update of Turret for you in a few short weeks. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Meeting on the Turret Stairs Page 4 is Complete (and A Little Something More)

I am love, love, loving this project.  I'm especially loving how fast it's stitching up.  I now have 36% of the project completed.  I'm telling you, mini's are the way to go!  I kind of wish I had Wind Moon and my other Nene Thomas patterns as mini's, but there you go. I've already lined up my next two projects to stitch against Wind Moon, and now that I have an excellent and affordable framer, I can get these projects framed as soon as they are complete.

Speaking of excellent and affordable framers, just look at what my talented framer did with Adrift!

It's not the best photo because there was so much reflection in the glass, but it gives you the idea of the matting and frame.  I think he did a beautiful, beautiful job.  My one conundrum is where to hang her, though. She's really big and finding a wall that is appropriate is more difficult than I imagined it would be.  I obviously want her to be in the public area and not my bedroom, but I'm having trouble deciding where.  I think I just need to hold my breath, pick and spot and commit to it.

I also have Winter Hat Owl in getting framed.  I should have him back in a week or two.  I chose the reddest metal frame that I could find and it really pops the pattern.  I can't wait to see it.  I will, of course, share with you as soon as I get it back.

I'm off to work on Wind Moon and should have a row finish  for you in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Pages 4 and 5 of Wind Moon and a Little Something More

Pages 5 and 6. 

Completed so far. 

So I noticed a few lines in the project so far, so I'm not sure that my feathering effect is working on this one, so I've opted for the zig-zag style of page finishing. It's a bit more finicky than feathering, but not much.  Feathering seems to be working just fine on Under the Turret Stairs, so I'm perplexed why I'm seeing column lines on Wind Moon, but there it is.  I'm glad I caught it early.

When I went to update my progress bar, I notice my progress went down by 1%.  I guess I had the math wrong and I wasn't so far as 2% done.  I'm only 1% done.   That took a bit of the wind out of my sales, and it's definitely time to work on something else for a while. 

And now for something more that I promised you.

Guess who's this week's Blogger of the Week?  Why this stitcher, right here. 


Click here to read all about me!  (Insert Despicable Me soundtrack)  Thanks to Jo for running the Blogger of the Week. 

That's about all the news there is to share.  I hope to have an update for you soon as I start on row 2 of Meeting on the Turret Stairs.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Meeting on the Turret Stairs, Page 3 - Row Finish

Page 3 is complete and that's a row, folks.  I almost feel like a bit of a cheat that this pattern is so small, but it's a great feeling when I go to change my status bar and it jumps from 19% complete to 27% complete.  Go me!!!

So I can definitely see where some of the detail has been lost and that's her right hand. Maybe when more of the piece is stitched, it will look more like a hand, but right now it looks like a bit of a big white blob.  But overall, I'm really happy with how it's turning out, and the feathering effect, which doesn't seem to be working on Wind Moon, is working quite nicely here. 

I'm curious to know how many of you use apps to help organize your stash?  I was using Thread Tracker, but had had xstitch on my iPad for ages, but I'd never used it.  Finally I decided to give it a go and I'm so glad I did. What I love best about it is the notes section where you can be as descriptive as you want. 

I find it very helpful when I am working on two projects to know what threads are needed for which project and exactly where the extras are being housed - in my floss cabinet or in my plastic case where  I like to keep the extras for the projects I'm working on, so I'm not spending half the night looking for an extra skein because my inventory tells me I have one - somewhere

This is on iPad, I've been told it's also available for Android.  I find it works for me, does anybody have an app that works for them? I'd love to hear about it. 

In any case, I am now back to Wind Moon for one, possibly two pages.  Hopefully I'll have an update for you soon.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wind Moon, Pages 2 and 3

A little bit of moon and a lot of sky.  I don't like that I can see a little bit of column here.  I'm thinking it's because I'm actually gridding with Sulky Silver and not with a pen.  I may have to change up my tactics.   When I stitch in columns, I usually stitch 12 stitches on one row and then 10 on the next so I get a feathering effect.  It worked well on Adrift, but  find I'm still seeing the grids a little bit. Of course, this is only the first few pages of the pattern, and they should even out as I continue, but it still annoys me a bit. 

So this is two pages.  Page 2 started March 26 and finished April 5, and page 3 started April 6 and finished April 19. So just under a month for two pages. 

You know this is a big-ass project when you are 3 pages in and your status bar says 2% complete.  It's enough to make you cry.  But this is where the old 1 grid at a time, one column at a time, one page at a time, one row at a time comes in to play.  Baby steps!  I just have to keep telling myself that.  I'm not gonna lie, it's daunting looking at a pattern this big, and it does intimidate me a little.  But as long as I feel like I'm making progress on my other project, I think I'll be ok.  

I'm back to Meeting on the Turret Stairs.  And spring is FINALLY sprung. What a long, wet, crazy winter we had.  I have so many buds on my trees, I think they are expressing their own feelings at spring finally arriving.  It's going to be a beautiful spring!

Happy stitching, my kindred spirits.  I hope to see you all soon.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Page 2 of Meeting on the Turret Stairs


I'm super pleased with how well this is stitching up. I thought the detail might be compromised with being a mini, but so far this is not the case. I'm expecting the detail on the knight's tunic is where the biggest different will be seen, but so far I'm pleased as punch over this.   It has been a lot more confetti, and as a result, it really slows me down.  Plus, I have to say, I'm not a big fan of the pre-gridded Aida or Ziegert.  I find the fabric is so stiff, plus it's a little sharp. I really have to remember to cut smaller pieces of thread, as sometimes (quite often, actually) I'll pull the thread through, only to find it's snapped. Also, I find my hand feels more tired after stitching on it.  Perhaps it's having to pull the needle through the stiffer fabric, but I definitely suffer more needle fatigue with Aida/Ziegert than Lugana or Pearl.  For me, 25 count is just a bit too small, so if I want to work with pre-grid fabric, I'm left with Aida or Ziegert as my choice.  On an interesting side note, I found a whole bunch of 18 ct. pre-grid Aida that I had in my stash.  Who knew?!  So, even though it's not my favourite, I will end up using it, because I hate waste.  

I'm back working on Wind Moon.  How much faster she is, which is good, because it's page 2 of 65.  *headdesk*  I'm almost considering doing two pages of her to one page of Turret Stairs, I don't know, I'll just play it by ear.  It won't make stitching her up any faster, it will just seem like I am.  And that's almost as good, isn't it?