Friday, March 17, 2006

The first RR has arrived :-) & Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I am back at it again with Medieval Town Mandala. It seemed to take forever tonight to finish the large central building, what with all of its little details, but I did get it done! I am hoping the rest of it will now move along smoother. One thing that did not help tonight is that Martina's diagrams for the Jessica stitches on the large building were hard to read. Even blowing up the image on the pdf file to an enormous size did not help. Rather, it just became further distorted. But, I was able to figure it out after some rotating of the chart and figuring out the rhythm of the stitch... no biggie.

And, the big news of the day today is that Su's RR arrived safely from the UK today. It is the first for me to receive in the rotation. Her stitching is just lovely! I am already thinking of what house and details I will be stitching for her. I have not yet heard that mine has arrived at Annemarie's house in Holland yet - but it did go by Global Priority Mail back on Tuesday... so... really it should be there any second. I am dying to hear that it is safe on the other side of the ocean...
My silks arrived today for American Quaker Sampler SAL, and here are three floss tosses... I am strongly leaning towards one of them, but would love your input - This first one is Silkweaver Sandcastle 40 ct Newcastle linen (so much darker than the Sandcastle on Belfast that I am using for the Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler).

Here is Lakeside Linen's Meadow Rue 40 ct linen. This is gorgeous fabric, but I fear that the Cardamom silk, third from the right (I think) just fades in too easily on this fabric.... reminds me too much of how easily this same color is fading in on my Garden Spot Sampler....

And, for my third try... here is the silk on a Silkweaver Solo, 40 ct Newcastle linen. This solo turned out to be a bit rosier than I had thought it was, and I am not sure I care for how the Rust silk (near the center) looks on this fabric... But anyhow... I can be swayed, if you want, please let me know which one you like?? (***I have decided to go with the Sandcastle... the responses I got from you all were interesting! I do think all three fabrics would work well. Thanks for your input and advice!!)

I hope that everyone brought out their inner Irish today and had a great St. Patrick's Day! Mike and I celebrated in odd fashion with enchiladas at Shorty's... Oh well, had the craving :-)

Oh.... and another highlight today - I went to Colonial Needleworks this afternoon, as I needed three skeins of Crescent Colours floss... while there I also picked up another of the Blackbird Designs houses that I adore, one of Prairie Schooler's new treats and some Weeks Dye Works and GAST for the Blackbird Designs house... I guess it is time to put up a new stash report this weekend. And, Sue, the owner, is much better this week - she has a bit of her voice back now :-)

Stitched on today: Bordeaux Mystery Sampler at work, and Medieval Town Mandala

24 comments:

Maria S. said...

Sandcastle or the Meadow Rue but then again the last one might be a very interesting choice. You can always "flip" for it.

Susimac said...

Sandcastle or the last one, I think the rosie effect looks wonderful

Kiwi Jo said...

I like Sandcastle :)

Jenna said...

I really like the silks against the Sandcastle, but the last one is interesting, as well. You have such a good eye; I'm sure whatever you choose will look fabulous!

Carol said...

I like the Sandcastle.

Laurie said...

I like to Silkweaver Solo I think it would make for a very striking sampler.

Julie said...

I definitely like the Sandcastle the best.

deletethisaccount said...

I'd go with the Sandcastle ... the colors just pop on there!

BeckySC said...

As you already know-I think the Sandcastle works the best :)

hugs to you :)

Julie said...

I like the Sandcastle, my second choice is the Meadow Rue. :-) IT's going to be a lovely project and I look forward to following your progress.

Nicki said...

Sandcastle for me too. I love that Solo, but I don't think it'll work so well for this one :)

Crazy X-Stitcher Etc said...

I go for the 3rd one. I like it to be different rather than safe colours.

Judith said...

I am going for the sandcastle like you choose as the colors will look great on that one.
The middle building on MTM also took me the longest and the backstitching on the long buildings also will take a while.

Heather said...

I know you've already chosen Carol, but my choices would have been either the first or the third, with the first the favourite.

Heather said...

I love that blackwork design they have on the front page Carol. I should get back to my blackwork. Maybe tonight.

Isabelle said...

Hi Carol, I like the Sandcastle best too :) Enjoy your weekend!

BeckySC said...

There is a lot of detail on that building! WOW! Looking great my friend :)

Perfect choice on the fabric :)

Kath said...

Love the Sandcastle too. And just adore the building on MTM. You are zooming along again .... and on your spot sampler too... very pretty.

Seems an age since I posted on your blog but do read it often.

Bea said...

Hi Carol, I couldn't gove my input before today but I like your choice. I couldn't decided between your choice and the third fabric. Well done!

Karen's Blog said...

I'm with Sandcastle as well Carol. I wil get back to the Jessica Stitches today. I'm sure I will get there. I cringe every time I see Martina has used a Jessica Stitch.

Barbara said...

Carol, I think you made a great choice with Sandcastle. Those VC silks are so lovely. Your stash haul sounds marvelous, and thanks for the generous offer you emailed me about (tried to email you back, but my email is acting wonky).

I think we now all have each other's RR? Or will within days. I'm so eager to start on Annemarie's!

Bastet said...

Oh! The things I miss! You've done some wonderful stitching. MTM is coming along quite well, building stitching hating all considered. There are how many of these houses left? Hate when stitches aren't properly pictured. Makes the ones you're not use to or never seen a bit more daunting IMO.

tkdchick said...

Congrats on finising your first building, and I'm glad you chose the Sandcastle that looks best to me.

Anonymous said...

Sandcastle or Newcastle, but for the latter, rose would then be a colour you like...Ann.