I do want to highlight a piece I've been working on the past few days (I'm counting it for this WIPocalpyse update!).....the Around the World in 80 Stitches SAL by Papillon Creations. Oh my goodness, I am LOVING this SAL!
This SAL takes you 'around the world' and introduces you to different specialty stitches around the world! This SAL comes in 24...yes....24 installments! When I first heard about this months ago, I thought to myself....two years is way too long...I can't do it!
But then I saw Lesley work on her's and I knew I just HAD to do it! You can check out her progress at her blog: Lesley's Stitching Diary 2012
She has been such a dear...answering my questions about the chart and giving me tips and pointers!
You can get more info about this SAL at the Papillon Creations site. They also have a gallery of pictures for this piece....there are so many variations out there!
This piece is stitched using 3 "greens" and 8 "floral" colors. It also includes a metallic thread and 2 sets of beads. Each stitcher gets to choose whatever floss colors they want! I chose a subtle lot of colors....boring to some but to my liking :)
Here are the colors I chose:
Work can be done on either 28 count or 32 count for the specialty chart (there is also a cross stitch only chart for those wanting to work on aida). I chose 28 count sage laguna.
The SAL is already into month 2, but I'm just starting month 1 (I'm hoping to catch up before month 3 comes out!)
There are 2 hearts in month 1....I've just finished the first one and hope to have the second one complete in the next few days.
Here's my first heart:
and some close-ups of the specialty stitches:
|The Berwick stitch and partial eyelets|
|The Norwich stitch, ray stitch and eyelets|
|The Lazy Daisy stitch, ray stitch and eyelets|
Those Lazy Daisy stitches threw me for a loop! I re-stitched them 3 times! I'm happy with how they look now......I think.....
I'll add the beads on after all the stitching is done, so I can continue to use my hoop and not ruin any of them.
I'm off to work on the second half of month 1 (more Lazy Daisies...oh no!)....... then look at everyone's updates!