Friday, September 22, 2006

Instead of a new start... reviving an old UFO

First things first, it is Friday - and Friday is Houses of Hawk Run Hollow day. I finished the windows - even filled them in... but that is it. I totally agree with Becky that these blocks each take quite some time to stitch! I was hoping to get considerably more done tonight, but just couldn't. If you are a fan of HOHRH, you won't want to miss this very humorous blog, if you have not been enjoying it already :-) Too funny to miss!
Since I realized that this is not a good time at all to start a new project, what with my already very long list of WIPS (and with the exception of a short term SAL starting next month, of course), I decided to revive an old UFO. I have been wanting to revive this one for ages, and today was the day. This is Mermaid and the Sea by Examplers From the Heart. I started this three or four years ago. I am using Seamist 40 ct Graziano linen by The Blended Needle (now Heaven Lee Creations). The project is stitched with Weeks Dye Works floss - I love this project! I know I put it aside in the early days because it was my first large project on 40 ct and I think it overwhelmed me a bit. But 40 ct does not overwhelm me any longer - it is now my favorite linen count (I think you figured that out already) - so I am back to working on this one now too! I only gave it about 40 minutes today because it was HOHRH day - I finished the crew on the ship and the little gulls above their heads.
Daylily: Mother Superior

Stitched on today: Mermaid and the Sea and Houses of Hawk Run Hollow

18 comments:

mainely stitching said...

Oh! I've never seen this one before! I love it!!!! It's totally cool.

40 count is still a struggle for me, but I think I need a better work light. Maybe I'll start dropping a few hints for Christmas. LOL!

Melissa said...

Carol! You will absolutely love Mermaid and the Sea. I stitched this a few years ago and it is still one of my all time favorite pieces.

Thank you for the kind words about my blog.

Mayté Bermúdez-García said...

You for you for taking the decision of finishinf an old UFO. The design is very pretty and sure you will enjoy finishing it :)

Unknown said...

It's going to be a lovely piece when you finish this mermaid one Carol.

Anonymous said...

HOHRH is looking great and coming a long nicely. I love the Mermaid piece, that fabric is great!

Kathy said...

Oh wow not seen that one before, it looks lovely. Mermaids look fantastic too Carol. I haven't touched mine for a while, as I have tons of other things to do at the moment.

Hugs xxxxxx

Cathy B said...

I have HoHRH in my stash and havn't started it yet - for now I'm just enjoying yours and everyone elses. You're making great progress even if it is slow going.

Off to check out that blog your referenced!

Mary Ann said...

I love seeing updates on HOHRH. It's looking great! Oh, and Mermaid and the Sea is very pretty. I really like the fabric!

Karin said...

The Mermaid and the Sea is looking fantasic. 40 count is a challenge though!

Glenna said...

I love the color on your Mermaid and the Sea and I'm wondering how true the computer color is to the original. I love 40 ct also, and am thinking, now that I find stitching on it to be "normal," that I might ratchet it up a notch to 42 or 45 (if they exist--I know that 48 and 50 do).

Karoline said...

They're both gorgeous Carol, lovely to see Mermaid and the Sea.

Rachael said...

Carol- there both lovely- I think I need to work a ufo day into my week. I have so many wonderful pieces that are half finished. I had never seen the mermaid sampler before. Very pretty!

Barb said...

They are both coming along nice. I love the Mermaid of the Sea one.

Julie said...

Great progress on HoHRH! I pulled mine out again and have been working on it, but I have quite a ways to catch up to you! LOL!

I really like your Mermaids of the Sea and will be watching your progress on this one. Great choice!

Von said...

Hurrah for reviving this ufo! I haven't attempted 40 ct yet. Will have to look for a pretty piece next time I'm looking through a linen pile. :D

zoeandcooper said...

Wow, what a stunning piece. I have never seen any pieces by that designer before.

Anonymous said...

Good for you in reviving an old UFO! I like the design and will be happy to watch your progress on it. :)

Michelle said...

HOHRH is really coming along beautifully! I love your Mermaid of the Sea, especially on the fabric you've chosen. Just gorgeous!