I’ve finally managed to carve out some time to work on my Kowhaiwhai counted cross stitch embroidery project.
Having sat the last two out, I fear I’m lagging behind somewhat, but as most of us are working on different projects, I don’t feel too embarrassed about it!
Here’s where I left you last time.
And here’s where I am now.
The design is an abstracted natural form derived from traditional Maori art, used to decorate canoes, houses, tattoos and more recently in contemporary art. There’s loads of it out there, some incredibly beautiful (just put Kowhaiwhai in your preferred search engine and see what comes up). I’ve chosen just one simple design which could be translated into a cross stitch pattern using an online program.
I’d have had more to show if I hadn’t been tired yesterday and lost concentration. I ended up having to unpick seven rows of the red at bottom left. Grrrr! Still, it’s fixed now, and I couldn’t have left it the way it was.
The others should all be posting today as well. We’re in different times zones so some may not have posted their SAL progress yet, but their blogs are well worth a visit anyway.
Here we go:
Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Alison at http://minervahandmade.wordpress.com
Jule at http://fromtheboudoir.wordpress.com
Elizabeth at http://stitch4therapy.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
that’s a lot of progress considering the frogging you had to do!
You should have heard the language… or perhaps better not!
Aargh! The dreaded frog. I had the same problem last night, but didn’t have to frog quite that much.
I was just dead tired, and only paid attention to the right hand edge of the red area, gaily stitching a straight line all the way up on the left. Lesson learned….
I’ve done that one before 😛
It feels good to be making some progress again, and I’m enjoying working on this design, which is striking but nice and simple!
It’s beautiful thus far!
Thank you! These Maori designs are so beautiful to look at, but the curves can be hard to get right in cross stitch…
Welcome back to the fold. You’ve made soooo much progress 🙂
It doesn’t feel that way, after yesterday’s frogging episode. But now that it’s almost half done, I can see an end in sight!
Well done on your progress – I haven’t made much over the last two updates either so you shouldn’t feel too guilty. It’s all about doing what you can and encouraging the others in the group! It’s looking lovely and I’m looking forward to seeing it completed!
Thanks! I knew I’d be sitting out the last two because of getting the quilt top finished, and luckily I had the back done in time to put in just a bit of work on the SAL… I’ve put a reminder in my phone for the next one so I have a couple of days to stitch feverishly and have something to show!
I think this is going to be fabulous, I love the bold colours
The colour scheme’s what made me fall in love with the idea in the first place; I love it too!
Looks lovely, just keep plodding forwards
You are amazingly talented. It’s always fun to see what you are creating!
Aw, blush! This is destined for a mutual friend, I think you know who!
Wow, just wow.
Glad you like it!