Wednesday, October 19, 2005

A Celtic Winter Update...and Thank You Becky!!

It's my chosen night tonight to work on the Celtic Ladies SAL... I am really starting to get hooked now on my Celtic Winter. She is so much fun to stitch, and I realize I am a total "Lavender & Lace Addict" anyhow!! My fabric is darker and deeper than my photos show. Mike is a better photographer than I am, so I will ask him to photograph her soon to be able to more accurately show my fabric color :-) (How strange, my photos of CW give the appearance of the floss not making good coverage on the lugana, while in real life, it covers very well... what is up with that??).

Q. Do you mark or hi-lite your patterns or can you follow them without any markings? Do you make copies to mark up, or do you mark originals?

A. No, actually, I don't highlight my charts, or copies of charts. I always figured it was more work and more time-consuming to put down my needlework, grab a highlighting pen and then highlight the chart... I prefer to just keep stitching. I usually do just fine with following a chart without any highlighting. And, I only make working copies of my charts if it is a large, flimsy, fragile chart... like the big flimsy fold out charts Passione Ricamo prints... I have found it impossible to stitch from those... they tear almost immediately :-(

Thank you Becky! I just received the most lovely package from her today, which included fibers for the Jeannette Douglas design we both want to stitch... and the most adorable M Designs chart, Dragonflies, Ladybugs & Bees! This was done simply out of the kindness of her heart, and I appreciate her so!! She is such a good friend to so many of us :-)

I had some free time today and was feeling the need to be uplifted... and I was working on 17th Century Irish Garden at work, and needed a lavender floss to stitch the lavender (as in the herb) in the garden ( you see, I am using the DMC conversion for the chart since Madeira floss is impossible to get around here... although the factory is here in New Hampshire... go figure!!.... and this one floss color has no DMC conversion).... so I made a jaunt to the LNS and selected Pixie Dust Crescent Colours floss to use for the lavender... and while there... well, I broke down and got Baby Bug Ball (I can finally scratch that one off my wish list!!) and Sabbath Day (a must-stitch for my Mom)....

While I did get in the last fat quarter of 25 ct lugana for a HAED design... I can't blog about my other arrivals today because they are gifts for others... Christmas is coming all to soon!!

CONGRATULATIONS HOUSTON ASTROS!!! I hope you win the World Series!
And, even better....Welcome back to practice Tedi Bruschi!! The Patriots have missed you and your leadership - woo hoo!

Stitched on today: 17th Century Irish Garden and Celtic Winter

P.S. - - - Happy 20th Anniversary to my brother Scott and his wife Renee :-)

14 comments:

Zohrah said...

I usually hi-lite my patterns after I print out big from the original.

Zohrah said...

Did not realise it was this week SBQ till I check my email. :)

BeckySC said...

You are most welcome my friend :)

Your CW is more beautiful with each post. I love the way your fabby makes it look even more wintry. PERFECT choice!!

((((((((hugs))))))

karensff said...

CW looks lovely. I remember you mentioning that you love how everyone has started their celtic ladies in different places and I couldn't agree more. I am enjoying seeing you work on the lettering and now the border. I am actually itching to make a start on that myself now that I have seen yours.

Bastet said...

You're doing a lovely job Carol! Makes me wish I could spend more time on my cross-stitch, but at the moment it's still a bit hard to get back to what I was doing.

As for the question on your blog...I make working copies and mark the dickins out of it. It's amazing how one can just can't count one day and the next just bee-bop all over the pattern....but then again, I'm not known as a scatter-brain for nothing...

bunnyhead said...

CW is looking so pretty but I I would never be able to stitch all that white and gray! She looks better everytime I see her. :)

Jenn said...

Your CW is looking lovely! Keep up the good work.

Wasn't it great to see Tedy back practicing. I don't think the smile left his face all day.

Isabelle said...

Oh Carol, such lovely progress on CW - I love her!

And Becky has been at it again! How sweet! That M Designs charts is oh so adorable! Is there a kinder, more attentionate lady out there? I know of ladies who are just as kind (you for instance), but kinder... I don't think I've ever met one!

Nicole said...

She looks amazing! And now I know you don't even highlight on those large charts! I would just get too lost... adds even more amazement to how fast you stitch :)

Shelleen said...

Celtic Winter is coming along great. Can't wait to see more :-)

Gill said...

Congratulations on your CW progress, you are coming along really well with her. My photos don't look anything like the originals either!

Heather said...

Oooh you have me curious now, which Jeanette Douglas design are you getting ready to stitch?
I've just ordered one, ahm OMG, it's not fair, oh it could be Northern Lights. My Grandad gave me some money for my Birthday, so I treated myself to everything I needed, I'm keeping my fingers crossed it will be here soon.

Lelia said...

CW is great. That becky is a sweetheart -- our stitching fairie godmother for sure. Stitch well.

Kathy said...

Hey Carol CW looks great. I still ahve not touched mine, the stitching bug seems to have disappeared for the moment, but hoping it will come back soon

Hugs xxxxxx