We took a day off yesterday and drove across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalio. The weather was beautiful just across the bridge and the bridge was loaded with people on both pathways. The west path is for bikes only and the east path is for pedestrians. It was dreary again in San Francisco, so good to get a little sun! We love to take tours to see how things are made so yesterday was no exception as we had a great tour at Heath Ceramics. We also found a new barbeque place and hope for a return visit. Love barbeque! But the bridge toll is $5....soon to be raised to $6....so we do think twice before just popping across the bridge.
This past week has been a "thread week"....which means putting together thread kits for upcoming workshops. I love separating the skeins and putting all the threads together and into stitchers' bags, but sometimes overwhelming. I still put them together on the dining room table. Picture enough threads for 20 kits spread out everywhere! I must remember to take a photo sometime to show a "before" picture with everthing spread out and an "after" with all the thread kits lined up neatly in little rows.
But, I have also been stitching on the Intro to Bargello/Needlepoint design. Now, my husband has the scanner in his computer area so he does the scanning. So when he began scanning this project it made a folder titled "Big X". Somehow I don't think that will end up as the project's name.
This is where I am so far. There is one more Bargello stitch to place in the "X" and one more needlepoint stitch in addition to the border. And there will be a button for the intersection of the 'X". It's still the same button as shown on July 20th, when there were photos of the original threads and inspiration pictures.
If you compare the original threads with these you'll see the lavender is gone along with the orchid/orangy coral overdyed thread. I've add the two overdyed perles for the background. I plan to develop a 2nd colorway with the orchid/orangy coral and lavender thread.
I still plan to have this finished by next weekend and then get back to the Plump Pear Bargello design. I was planning to be further along on it, but it just didn't seem to be going the way I wanted. I always start out with a basic outline and threads but some, more than others, seem to take on a life of their own.
But to get back to the Beginning Bargello/Needlepoint design. I had a comment about this being a good "take-along" piece. And that's right, even though it is a "beginning" piece, it would be make a great quick project. On 13 count it is 6 X 6 plus the border, but on 18 count it is 4-1/3" + the border. And I didn't use a laying tool...just my finger or the needle now and then.
Wishing you a great week! Terry