I've made a good start on the 'Sunshine and Flowers' Cross'N'Patch sampler design and I'm really enjoying it so far. For some reason I didn't expect to. Unusually for me, I started at the very top of the design, rather than in the centre - even Sir noticed that! However, the working frame is so big that it was just plain easier to start at the top and I'm a bit wary of how I'm going to manage the central sections. Besides, hardanger satin stitch is a nice and easy way to get into the design.=)
Here's my progress so far, shown in (roughly) hour long stitching sessions:
I can't believe how little I got done that first hour, but I know it was that long from the TV documentary on China I was watching on the Channel 4 iPlayer!! It's very possible that I stitched very slowly as I was quite absorbed in that - reviewing much of the area studies modules I did in my Modern Chinese Studies degree!! It made me want to get out the history books again, and so I will soon....
Anyway, Chinese history and society aside, not only did I only stitch three elements that first session, but I also got the cream 'tulip' bit wrong and had to re-do it in the second session! I have two more of those to add now and they're all to have bullion knot stamens, so I need to have a quick practice on that one. Wonder if TAST this week might be bullions??=) Would that be good timing, or what?
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2012