Grand Marquior by Isabelle Haccourt Vautier
35 count Havana by Weeks Dye Works
HDF Imperialosity and BeWooded
Wow, I started this piece on February 5, 2009. No idea it would take me five years to complete. :-) Here is the detail of the last release from 2010 which was U, W, X and Z.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a couple of years will perhaps remember that my family has a tradition of the four kids making each other plus the parents a gift for Christmas. The last time around I made counted needlepoint designs that the following year my brother made a wooden box for. Well my year came around again and it's my job to make four gifts (and one for me of course). It's almost August and I haven't even really given any thought to it. I had thought that maybe it would be a good year to make more stained glass hangings. I did that around 15 years ago and everyone really like them but it's super expensive and I'd rather not spend a huge amount of money this year not to mention they can be very time consuming to make with all the steps. So I spent the evening going through my stash looking for ideas. And found something! I'm going to stitch everyone a BBD piece called Winter Delivery and make it into a box. It's a small piece - only 5" x 5" when complete so it will be totally doable in the time I have left for the year. I'll make each one on a different color linen (already prepared five) and make each box a little different. They are small and hopefully won't put a ton of pressure on my other projects. I'm converting it into Belle Soie silks so it will be a little longer before I can start as I have to buy the fibers. But I really like the idea and I'm hoping to won't lead to a slow down of work like my last go around did. As I look back on the last couple of years, it was the needlepoint projects that really started to slow me down. I really hate "HAVE TO" projects and it totally removes whatever desire I have to stitch. :-(