SAL 14: Kowhaiwhai – finished at last

It’s finally done.

Here’s where we were last time. I found that I increasingly preferred it the other way up, so it’s rotated in the next shot.

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And here’s where we are now.

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I’m going to get it mounted in a card mat, with a backing, and it’ll get sent off to its intended recipient that way, rather than framed, to prevent breakage and keep posting costs down. She can keep it that way or stick it in a frame, whichever she prefers.

And the caption?  It means ‘Protect and bless this house’ and I very much hope it does.

Next month I’ll be starting a fresh project, with some trepidation; it’s a large piece, lots of colour and I’ll have to pay proper attention! Meanwhile, do hop over and see what the others are up to. Remember they’re on earlier time zones than I am, so give it a few hours before you try…

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

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Cathy at http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com

Jacqui at http://thestitchingline.com

Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com

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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 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

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Cathy at http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com

Jacqui at http://thestitchingline.com

Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com

SAL 12: Kowhaiwhai third quarter progress

Well, here we are again. Doesn’t time fly when there isn’t enough of it?

Here’s where I was last time.

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And here’s where I am now.

Screen Shot 2015-05-30 at 8.39.25 pmNot too bad really, despite my usual overload of other commitments, not least of which is having to do double time on the quilt because jury service, which starts tomorrow, is eating up all my stitching time. And before you ask, no, I can’t take any sewing into court with me! When the quilt activity got too much and I had to change position for a while, I picked this up, and consequently have made decent progress.

As often happens, I’m the first to post because my Sunday starts earliest. This time, we’re joined by Cathy – welcome! – a new member of the SAL. 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 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

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Cathy at http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com

Jacqui at http://thestitchingline.com

Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com

Stitch Along 11: Kowhaiwhai halfwhai

Sorry about that… You know me, can’t resist a play on words.

Here’s where we were last time.

Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 8.31.26 pmAnd here’s where we are now. That’s the bottom half finished. Which is what happens when you’re desperate for a break from quilting and the embroidery is lying there invitingly — or at least, inviting compared with the quilting…

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 5.32.24 pmI reckon another 3 or 4 posts will see this one finished. I’ve had a poke around and have located the kit for the next one, the Husband’s ANZAC Lest We Forget panel, which is quite large and has lots of colour variations. Many, many potential pitfalls for the easily distracted… But in this centenary year of the Gallipoli landings, I’d like to at least make a start on it, even if I doubt I’ll finish it by December.

As often happens, I’m 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 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

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Stitch Along 10: back at last

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.

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And here’s where I am now.

Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 8.31.26 pmThe 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

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Stitch Along: Sitting this one out

Slow-Sign-300x300Most of you know I’m facing a deadline on one of my other projects.

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This is where we were last time. It looks exactly the same, except for a single line of stitches along the bottom left side…

Which means that progress on Kowhaiwhai has been extremely slow. Non-existent, to be strictly accurate. I’ve done exactly 52 stitches on it. One line across the width of the other half. Definitely not interesting to look at. So this month I’m sitting out, but that’s no reason not to post the links to everyone else’s stitch along projects – not everyone has my deadline issues and you should nip over to their blogs and see some lovely work!

Please remember that my post goes up first because of the time zone difference – we’re between 9 and 18 hours ahead of many fellow bloggers around the world. Wait a while before you go looking at the others…

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

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Stitch Along 9: Kowhaiwhai

I haven’t made huge strides on this, I’m sorry to say.

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After

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Before

Other things have got in the way: the bike trip, dressmaking, putting up shelves and unpacking boxes, etc, and embroidery always seems to take the back seat. Probably because you need a little peace and quiet to do your stitch counting, and I haven’t been able to give it as much time as it needs… Still, it’s a quarter done, and some of the shapes are beginning to emerge. Since it’s a formalised and abstract version of a natural form, I can’t say “Can you see what it is yet?”!  It does let me stitch quite large blocks of one colour, which is nice and restful.

Do go and see what the others have been up to. I think my post goes up first, as I’m in the earliest time zone, so give them all a chance to wake up and get posting before you go looking!

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

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com