Sunday, January 31, 2016

Another band complete

Finished up this band tonight.  Lots of picots and lots of distractions with the Australian Open Tennis championships!

At this point I will be putting this sampler aside to focus on other projects.  It is hard to do this right now when the remaining bands are the ones that are the most interesting ones, technique wise, but I do have to be disciplined about my time allocation.

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Here is the recently completed band 
along with the other band.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Another band complete

This was a time consuming, intense band, mostly needle weaving, picots and Hollie point stitches.  It required some thought to make sure it was reversible.  I chose to change the orientation of the Hollie point stitched diamonds and stitched individual 'petals' so that visually they look a bit Iike petals of a flower and added a bullion knot cross stitch center.  The instructions say to stitch Hollie point stitches horizontally across the diamond and add picots to the top half.  I chose to eliminate the picots on the flower diamonds ... It was becoming a bit too frilly for my taste and did not look balanced.  I also chose to vary the number of picots in various design elements to add some interest through  repetition.
So here is the progress to date...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Frances Cheyney progress

Continuing on with Frances Cheyney... Needleweaving in various shapes with subtle technique applications that are fun to figure out!