Friday, 1 March 2013

Finished in February

(Incorporating this week's Work in Progress Wednesday and Sunday Yarn postings!)

These were the goals I set myself for February, complete with photos on progress etc:

* Finish the rabbit - done!  I finished this yesterday, on 28th, so it just qualifies for Anna Scott's Finished in Feb challenge (and I'll post the photos there soon too...)

This was how far I'd got at the beginning of the month:


And this is how it looks finished:


With a side-on shot to show clearly the raised elements:


I just need to decide what to do with it and who to give it to.  A Chinese friend has just been telling me how much she loves it and wants to see what it looks like in her room, 'wants that rabbit' etc, but I'm not quite soft enough to give in to that.  I'll decide who it goes to and, as I was taught never to ask for things, but always to wait until offered ("'I want' never gets" was one of my mum's favourite phrases!!), it won't go to anyone who tries to wangle it out of me!!=)  Besides, she was waggling away at the raised ear and, if it was in her possession, I'd give it a week before the wire was through, she'd be forever fiddling with it!  You know how some people just cannot seem to keep from playing with things like that?  Well, I won't be giving stumpwork pieces to them....

* Finish the feather I wish I could say this was done too, but it's only got this far after, I think, two sessions:


* Finish the peach baby knit  I'm almost done with this, coming up to 95%, and indeed would be done if only I hadn't felt that getting all the neck edge on one straight needle was going to be both uncomfortable to work and would over-stretch the button bands.  I'm going to get a circular needle to work it on.  Wouldn't you??


So, during the month, I finished the front as far as I could, did both the sleeves, then also did the button band and buttonhole bands.  

* Try some of the cabling pattern samples in the book  Didn't get to this.
* Try some miniature bedding ideas now I've got some fabrics for them  Didn't get to this either.
* Get to '50% complete' level on sampler  I think I did manage this one.  Here are the month beginning and end photos (nothing new as I haven't touched it since 12 Feb!):



* Make a start on one or two projects from the embroidery list - when first two on this list are done!  Didn't finish anything in time to start this.
* Continue CED challenge  Yup, keeping up, no problem.  Creativity is to found in so many areas that it's almost easier to do it than not!
* Report back on 1 March and continue to post regularly in the meantime.  Doing so right now and made 8 posts during the month.  Not too bad - an average of two per week.

I've decided not to set any goals for March as I'm feeling really weary after so many colds etc and I don't need the stress of feeling I have to do certain things at the mo.  I'll probably do them anyway, but I felt quite a lot of pressure to meet goals towards the end of last month and didn't have the energy to put much time in on them, so it was disappointing in the end.  So, I'll give myself a breather for now.

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2013

16 comments:

Berina RGA said...

The rabbit looks awesome!! and the grass is even more amazing!! How did you do the grass?? If possible please let me know :)

Elizabeth Braun said...

Ghiordes knot/turley stitch! Tutorial coming up soon...

Berina RGA said...

oh good... waiting fr the tutorial :)

Caroline B said...

Love the bunny with his 3D ear! Wish I had the patience to have another go at stumpwork but just no time at the moment.
Well done on your achievements - it's all very well having lots of targets but usually life gets in the way. I think you did very well!

Radka said...

I love your rabbit, he is so sweet!
So well done :-)

Rachel said...

"I want doesn't get" was a favourite phrase of my mother's, too - and her mother as well!

The bunny has come out really well and deserves an appreciative home, where he'll be admired rather than tweaked and teased.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Oh, she'd admire and appreciate him all right, she'd just do it to death. What she *doesn't* appreciate is that stumpwork isn't a toy and that you can't 'play with the ear' with impunity!! He's in a safe place now and Sir and I will frame him and put him on the living room wall when our young Chinese friend is back home in Jilin....!!=)

Queeniepatch said...

Congratulations on completing the rabbit. It is so cute! Are you sure the rabbit wants to leave your home?

JudyC said...

哇!!!相信大家都被你家的兔先生迷倒了...真的太漂亮了...他的皮毛,眼睛,耳朵我都愛死了,顏色與背景也很夢幻!!!恭喜妳!!!期待你的教學喔! :-))) judy

Dalmazia Lodi Rizzini said...

semplicemente meraviglioso tutto quello che fai!!!!!
dalmazia

Miss Lilly said...

The rabbit is really beautiful *__*

Favo de Mel said...

Elizabth Hi, how beautiful their work. A hug Iêda.

Alessandra Lace said...

I love love your rabbit. it is amazing. congratulations. hugs

coral-seas said...

Congratulations on finishing the bunny, he is so cute. Even though I 'know' about not touching embroidery I think I would be tempted to fluff his tail, just the once :-)

I also was brought up on 'Those who ask don't get' but I have noticed that it is not entirely true. Recent experience has shown me that those with the bare face nerve to ask for the moon can get it and think nothing of it!

Wendy said...

Oh that rabbit is just amazing, such wonderful work! I'd love to have a go at that - was it from a pattern? Could you point me in the direction of it? I don't think I could make it look as wonderful as yours but I'd love to try. I have 4 bunnies (rescues) and this reminds me a little of one of them.

Madame Samm said...

wow, your bunny is delightful. I would love to do a hop on this type of embroidery...love to chat to you about it...our hops are wellllll received at sewwequilt.com

 
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