Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday - 12 Feb 2014

Wednesday is here again and so is my weekly showcase of the current large project.  At the moment, I'm working on Sue Page's cross stitch picture of a Tudor Lady, which was featured in the UK magazine 'World of Cross Stitching' issue number 60 from July 2002.

I've worked on her over four 30-70 minute sessions since the last update and here are two of the stages.

I was concentrating on the two darkest blues down the right hand side of the overdress when I last updated on blog, after having completed those two shades on the left hand side already.  However, I decided it was time for a small change and filled in the two lighter shades on the left, completing that part and helping it to really take shape and begin to look what it is - a skirt!

I've had some entertaining suggestions as to what it was beginning to look like.  There were a couple of mouldy cheese ideas, from Gorgonzola (is that right?  I don't like blue cheese, so I'm no expert here), to one with mould growing outwards (a rind, perhaps??).  The best one was a cob of corn with blue hairs!  Loved that one!!=) LOL!  Anyway, no, it really is a skirt and, in the fullness of time, the outer layer will be as long as the inner one, but there are two green stripes to put in as well.

This second shot is the current state of the project, where I left off last night.  I had wanted to finish off all the darker shades on the right hand part, but I was just too tired and so left the bottom section of that third cascade for next time, (which won't be tonight as I'm worn out and too tired to stitch.)

Over the next week I hope to at least finish this upper right hand section and make a good start on some of the four lower ones - two left and two right.  Should be possible, but let's see....

The right hand side of the skirt looks so much lower down than the left, but it is correct and doesn't look so out of place when the whole thing is done.  Below is the latest WIP shot alongside the magazine photo for comparison and as a refresher for anyone whose forgotten what I'm working on, or a 'Ah, that's what it's meant to be!' for those who haven't yet seen it.

This regular weekly posting is part of the Pintangle Work in Progress Wednesdays event, which is hosted by Sharon Boggon of Canberra, Australia and is open to anyone who wants to share an update of a fair sized project with others.  The FAQs are here.  Why not see if you have something that you could join in with?  It's great for reinvigorating pieces in glacially slow progress or even UFOs and has helped me complete three so far.

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014


Pamela said...

Beautiful! I love seeing the picture emerge as you add more stitches.

Queeniepatch said...

Cob of corn with blue hair! That made me giggle. Well it won't look like this for long with the good progress you ar making. Good work, Elizabeth!

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Rachel said...

There's always a point with counted cross stitch where suddenly the piece starts to make sense. You might find it will feel faster now, even if the actual rate at which you stitch doesn't change!

Sparklyjools said...

Any cross stitch I did would bear no resemblance to anything - at any time! I do like the corn cob idea though - someone should do a kit:)

jackiescrafts said...

This is looking really good. Am I too late to join in with this as I have just got out a UFO that I want to get on with and something like this project might just inspire me to keep going
Jackie x