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

 

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Stitch Along 8: time for something new

It’s Stitch Along time again. And this is obviously not the Anzac piece I promised the Husband….

I needed something a bit smaller and less intimidating to work on, as I have so many large projects on the go. This new piece doesn’t require endless changing of colour, or even that much counting. It’s hard to lose my place, and easy to mark off the lines of stitching as I work them.

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It’s going to be a Kowhaiwhai, a traditional Maori decorative design, and its meaning is Protection. It’s a gift for someone who will understand its significance, who cares for and protects many others, and can use all the help she can get. I sourced a suitable image, edited and simplified it a bit, and then uploaded it to Myphotostitch.com and made a cross stitch pattern from it. It’s not a very sophisticated program, but you can specify size and number of colours you want to use, etc. The simpler the original image, the better the result; colour photos tend to generate a lot of background ‘noise’ in the pattern.

What you see here is a bit less than a quarter of the pattern, so I should have it done in about 4 more SALs.

In the meantime, the other stitchers will also be publishing their progress today. I think my post goes up first, as I’m in the earliest time zone, so give them all a chance to wake up 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