Listen to Your Heart is completed. I pulled the project out of my cross stitch WIP box, and concluded that I was done. I decided that the lettering on the pattern was not what I was after, and I reworked it with a simple “This is the Day” phrase.
Now – for framing. This is the hardest part of cross stitch for me. I am terrible at coordinating colors and mats, and usually don’t get much help from the folks at the frame shop.
This project is nearly complete, except for the lettering and a little outlining (and finishing the fabric, and matting, and framing). I like the collage and “natural” feel to this piece. The copyright date on this piece is 2001, so I’ve probably been working on it for 10 years – exclusively at continuing ed seminars.
Possibly one of the most difficult cross stitch projects I’ve worked on. Very slow-going, since I only bring it out a handful of times each year. I think it will be beautiful, when completed (sometime in my lifetime, I hope).
Another Cross Stitch Update – Yes, this is a KNITTING blog, but since I also like cross stitch (though I don’t spend much time at it), this is an opportunity for me to watch my progress on that front, too.
Status as of December, 2014, law seminar, which is when I usually work this piece. Helps me focus on the speakers and keeps me from being wiggly in the uncomfortable seats of the conference halls.
Below are two previous photos – both from 2013, so it’s been a while since I’ve updated this project, and progress is slow. The center fold is about the half-way point for the image.
Interlude – Cross Stitch. Supposed to be a quick and easy project, but I’ve not managed to spend much time on it. Cute and whimsical, I have designs on it as an eyeglasses case when completed. Seems rather basic crafting, but (1) it’s cute and (2) I really do need another eyeglass case for my ever-growing stash of reading glasses.
Cross Stitch Update – Just a quick status picture. I typically work on cross stitch projects only at conferences, and the last conference I attended (where I could work cross stitch, anyway – not all venues are conducive to this kind of thing) was in June.
Until I started keeping track of my knitting through pictures, I didn’t keep track of cross stitch – it is certainly gratifying to see progress. Cross stitch is slow work – this represents about five hours of moderate stitching (I did have to pay attention to the presenters, after all)
Spent some time with B last week between continuing education conferences. She had a meeting in the evening before we went to dinner, so I said I would go with her and just knit and wait.
I don’t usually “knit-and-wait,” so this was a new experience for me. Other than the extremely hard bench I was sitting on, it was rather relaxing, and a pleasant way to spend the time. Oh, and I was able to capture a better picture of the WIP – Diamond Stole.
My usual “conference project” is cross stitch. I’ve always been afraid that if I took knitting, I would lose my place when I had to turn my attention to the speaker, or jot down a note, or what-not. Also, I’ve been cross stitching a lot longer than I’ve been knitting, so the cross stitch habit was well-engrained. And, it makes a nice change from knitting.
The current “conference project” is the second of three Navajo rug reproductions I picked up on a trip to the Grand Canyon. I love the colors and the geometric shapes. It’s a smallish project which I can hold in my hand – I don’t like to use hoops for smaller projects. The name is “Teec Nos Pos,” which is the name of a Navajo community in Arizona. I don’t think the kit or chart is available commercially, but I haven’t looked.