Friday, July 24, 2009

New Temari (finally)

I'm on vacation, so I am enjoying some stitching time. I was able to visit Peacock Alley, a needlework shop in Ada, Michigan, that carries Vineyard Silks. I've been wanting to try that fiber ever since reading a review of it on the Temari Challenge Yahoo group.

The silk is lovely and soft, wonderful to work with; but it is not shiny. In fact, I think the pearl cotton is shinier.


This pattern is from my "Special Temari Balls from Nagoya, Japan." It is a very simple s10 pattern, without an obi. I am pleased with how it turned out. Yes, I know I missed a line with my green thread; I already fixed it.

I bought another combination of colors in the silks, and I'm eager to try another temari with those as well; we'll see how busy vacation gets. We are celebrating my father's 80th birthday, and I was hoping all my family was going to be here, but DD and her family cannot make it; I'm suffering some withdrawal symptoms. We will have time to see them next week, though so I will just have to be patient.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Stitching is Finished!

I finished the stitching on Saturday night. I still have to add the treasures in the center, a carved carnelian leaf, a couple of pearls, and a couple of other beads, but I will do that when I'm ready to get it framed, so I can do a good job of ironing.


I have 3 pieces to frame (including this one), so I should probably do that next week. If I don't do it right away, it could sit for years before I get to it. Hopefully the framing fund can stand it.

I usually take my things to "The Great Frame-Up." You can save a little bit when you put the frame together yourself, and I no longer trust anyone else to mount my needlework. I accidentally discovered that one thing I thought was done well is actually adhered to the board, and the excess fabric cut off. Now there's no way to even go back and do it right, unless I stitch fabric to the four sides, and then there's the seams, and... So now, I do it myself! (Which of course, makes it easier to put off.)

We are in Michigan, enjoying ourselves. I hope you are enjoying yourself too.