Okay, so Pookie’s doing this thing where she’s taking pictures every Sunday to document her progress as “Threads Of Fire”, and it’s prompted me to get up off my duff to document a bit about what I’m stitching right now. I’m far pokier about stitching than she is in general, and even moreso during the hockey season, but I’m in a bit of a groove this summer. After quite a few months of puttering along on projects that weren’t really speaking to me, I cracked open the kit for Elizabeth Bradley’s “Rhododendron” and found it was exactly what I wanted to be working on.
The kits come with a painted canvas, all the threads you need, and a giant, color chart. Now, I love the palette of all the Elizabeth Bradley designs (you could safely say that I am addicted to them), but the purples in this one seem especially delightful, probably because I’ve never worked one of her patterns that had much purple in it before.
Now, even though the kits come with painted canvas, they’re still counted cross stitch. You could, if you so desired, work just off the painted design, but the idea is that you’re supposed to work off the chart instead. I, um, don’t know why they paint the canvas, then, too. The painting never matches with the stitching, and while it serves as a nice kind of “cheat sheet” approach to counting while you stitch (if I’m working a giant color block, it’s nice to have a rough idea of when I need to pull up), it can sometimes lead to frustrating coverage issues.
Here’s a detail of the chart:
And here’s how it looks in stitches:
What’s fun about working this on the painted side is that it’s hard to get too wrapped up in gazing at the overview of my progress, because the stitching and the painting all kind of run together. So every now and then I’ll step back and assess how much I’ve done by gazing at the unpainted back. Behold, my progress!
I’m a little over a third of the way there. Oh, and looking at the back here, you can see why I’m not very fond of working with silk on linen the way Pookie and Boomer do — I’m used to having a forgiving back like this:
Full coverage of ten-count canvas with wool thread means you’ve got a lot of places to start and stop threads and do color changes.
Of course, it being the start of August, I’m starting to be hard hit by my annual Autumnlonging, which means it’s the time of year when I put down my Victorian cross stitch in favor of a seasonal Prairie Schooler, worked in silk or DMC floss on linen. So last night I lost all sense of discipline and fell prey to the siren song of a new project. Or rather, a new old project. No, it’s not autumnal, but I impulse-bought a winter Prairie Schooler design two summers ago on a spree at the Attic, and last night Pookie dug it out of her stash for me.
I named the deer Burl, and I have high hopes that this time around, I might actually finish the little four-square. Burl deserves to not be packed away again.