Sunday, 27 January 2013

Stocking Treasure Dragon Update

Wow, has it really been two weeks already?

I started a new job where I am now working 12 hour shift work, so needless to say, my stitching time has suffered, but I've made good headway and have an update for you.

Reminder of what it will look like...

And the update.   I've discovered that working one grid at a time was beyond tedious, and I literally spent the majority of my time changing colors for one single stitch, so I am doing a line of grids at a time.   As you can see, it's going quite quickly.  I'm 80% finished page 2, and 20% done the project!

Of course this will get more difficult the lower down I travel, and I'm sure I won't be making such huge strides when I get down to the dragon's treasure, but as always, I will plug along slowly and steadily.

That's all for now!

~Rai Rai

Saturday, 12 January 2013

January TUSAL

Oops, I forgot that yesterday was the 11th and that was the first date of my TUSAL.

So, here it is... 

Not the clearest of pictures, I'll admit.  I think next time I'll put a solid background behind it.  IPAD's aren't exactly known for their high quality photos either.

Speaking of photo's, I finished page 1 of my dragon.

You want to see the update now, instead of waiting a week, you say?  Well ok!

Remember, this will be the finished product....

And this is page 1 so far.

Page two has been started, and I'm trying the style of doing a block at a time.  We'll see how it goes.

~Rai Rai

Saturday, 5 January 2013

First WIP Update of 2013

I realize that WIP updates are actually pretty boring.  That's why I missed posting last Sunday.  Maybe I'll do bi-weekly blogs so you can actually see some completion of the project.  With Heaven and Earth designs, the weekly completion can be so subtle that you can't really see a difference in a weeks worth of completed stitching.

That being said, I'm still waiting for a chart and supplies that I ordered several weeks ago.  I know I could have gotten the chart and afghan way sooner had I just ordered it myself online, but we have a lovely little store here in town, and I don't mind buying locally, and maybe paying a touch more in order to support my local store and being a part in its success.  I realize that not all of us are lucky enough to have a x-stitch supply store readily available - I know for several years I didn't.  So I don't mind purchasing locally. It's just the waiting that kills me.

I think I mentioned in an earlier post my love of the Gingher Designer 4" scissors.  Over Christmas, I saw a set that I had been wanting to collect for ages now. No, they aren't the "Leah's" I so desperately want, but the second on my list of wants - the "Julia's", which have a lovely blue floral print to them.  Well usually when they pop up on Ebay they go for hundreds of dollars.  So these scissors popped up on Ebay for about $50.00.  I watched as the price steadily climbed and considered putting in a bid or two, but being that it was the holidays, money was understandably tight and I didn't really need them.
It turns out they went for $69.00.  D'OH! Now I am KICKING myself for not fighting for them.

Crap, crap, crapity crap!

Oh well, I'll just keep watching the site and hopefully I will see another pair go up for a fairly reasonable price.

Anyway, here is my latest update.  I am nearly finished the first page. I think I have under 2000 stitches left to go.  I'm averaging around 200 stitches a night, which is pretty good, considering with Heaven and Earth designs, the stitches tend to not be together in clumps.  But you can see one arm of the dragon and his horns and part of his face starting to take shape.

Reminder, this is what it will look like when done:
This is page one, nearly completed:

I hope you all had a lovely New Year, and I'll see you all in two weeks!

~Rai Rai