SAL 13: Kowhaiwhai’s nearly there…

I haven’t given this the attention I should, due to getting all excited about making my first blocks for the F²F block swap.

Once I realised it was *Gasp! This Weekend!*, I had to get cracking. I should have got it finished, but time got away from me.

Here’s where I was last time.

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And here’s where I am now.

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I think I may just prefer it the other way up… Let’s see how I feel when it’s finished. Just a little bit to go, and I’ve decided to put an inscription underneath, so it’ll be done next time.

This time, we’re joined by not one but two new members – welcome Jacqui and Jess! I may be the first to post because my Sunday starts earliest. Give the others in later time zones a chance to wake up and publish their posts, and then do hop over and take a look at what they’re up to.

Avis at

Claire at

Gun at

Carole at

Alison at

Jule at

Elizabeth at

Wendy at

Lucy at

Cathy at

Jacqui at

Jess at


31 thoughts on “SAL 13: Kowhaiwhai’s nearly there…

  1. It’s hard to stitch faster, isn’t it?! heh 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s pointless to even try, since it invariably results in knots, yelling at my piece of work, hurling the frame across the sofa and general childish sulking. There’s no deadline for this, it’s going to take the time it takes to finish…;-)

  2. tialys says:

    It’s come a long way since I thought it looked like a bird!

    • katechiconi says:

      What do you think it looks like now? Seriously, it’s just a very abstracted natural plant form, Maori art is full of them, and I love the colours and boldness of the genre.

  3. EllaDee says:

    It looks simple and straight forward but when I zoom in, I can see each tiny stitch, so detailed.

    • katechiconi says:

      Lots of stitches, it’s true, but only two colours. Lots of counting, though. I’m happy with how it’s looking, and once I have the text underneath, I can get it framed and off to Miss C…

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    The colours are lovely. Have updated my post as suggested, hope the link works now.

  5. claire93 says:

    for me, this looks like the paddle end of an oar ^^

    • katechiconi says:

      I think the design was originally taken from a type of fern, hence the scrolly bits. It’s a fascinating design style, there’s an endless variety of pattern achievable in red, black and white!

  6. minerva says:

    So close now! Looking great and I’m looking forward to seeing it all done!
    Alison x

  7. Carole says:

    So close to being finished and it’s looking great. Have you decided what to put for the inscription?

    • katechiconi says:

      I have indeed. This is going to a Kiwi friend who lives in the States. The inscription is going to fit the design: ‘Tiaki me te manaaki i tenei whare’, which means ‘protect and bless this house’. It’s traditional; the designs were originally painted on the roof beams of the wharenui, or longhouses.

  8. rutigt says:

    Nice to see I´m not the only one who hasn´t got the time for the embroidery 🙂 I blame it on the summer! Working on my post right now, just have to get all the blog addresses right. Like the idea with the inscription on your embroidery!

  9. lucyannluna says:

    It will look really good when it’s finished. You do tend to do more once the end is in sight

  10. Jule says:

    Really beautiful 🙂

  11. I love all the curvy lines in this design. Yet another finish is in sight 🙂

  12. taurielgreenleaf says:

    It looks like a decorated palm leaf fan to me – love the bold design 🙂

  13. wendy says:

    So close! I’m excited for you!

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