major art piece that takes over my quiet thoughts before bed when I should be thinking of getting some sleep. Over the last two weeks I've formed the direction I want the quilt to go in - but now just to get it executed.
I mean - what could be simpler?? You just outline a drawing on fabric and stitch it using the lowly backstitch. Any beginner stitcher can handle right?? Well it being me - of course not. Even though I literally embrodiered for the first 20 yrs of my life (starting at the age of 7) nothing ever comes easily.
So what have I found so far?? First of all when doing redwork you need to use a crewel needle - I like size 18 - that has a pointy tip. The tapestry needle doesn't work on cotton like it does on linen. Also, the pretty DMC size 5 perle cotton I picked out (a nice khaki color) will not make the fine stitches I need for some of the sign lettering. So I'll have to look through my stash of DMC floss (which I have tons and tons and tons of ) and find the right color for that.
faded midstream - sighhhhhh. Yep - of course it did - so I needed to retrace that with a light mechanical pencil.
Anyways - I'm hoping I have all the kinks worked out of this project and it will be go a bit more smoothly from now on. I'm working out the design of my second block which I will transfer this time using my light box - I'm going to go ole skol and use an overhead projector to make it larger first. Also, my friend Sandy is coming today so we can brainstorm some of the surface designing I want to do for the background set of the pieces. She's such a master with that kind of thing maybe she can save me the trouble of my normal trial error methods!
Hope you'll give a look at what everyone else is up to on Judy's Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday!