Tuesday, January 8, 2019

It's a Juggle - WIP

What do you do when you have a to-do list as long as your arm? I sit down and stitch, telling myself I will 'get onto it in a minute'.

I have been working on the instructions for my last crewel embroidery 'Sweet Repose' and I am getting there, but I simply can't not stitch in between. I do have class projects that I need to start work on, but I figured perhaps I should try and completely finish one thing before starting the next for once. I needed something where I just need to stitch without thinking about taking notes so I dug out the raised figure, I started towards the end of last year. 

To my very pleasant surprise, I had made more of a start than I remembered - but sadly the photos are not very glamorous. 

I had made good headway with the hills and would usually complete the background before starting on any raised work. But I had stopped when I realised that if I was going to embroider his socks as I intended, I better do that before going any further.
and that is how I found it - bare legs and no socks.

I wanted the socks to be stripy, down the leg so had planned to stitch them in raised stem stitch. Because it is all very tiny and very tight, it is easy to accidentally catch the finished stitches on the background, which is why I had decided to work them before completing the mountain (or hill) of tiny chain stitch.

Socks complete. The pin is just there to give you an idea of the size. 
I was meant to do some 'serious online stuff' but since I am now able to work on the hills again, I might just finish the chain stitch one first....

I am not sure if the left hand side is not too busy. I like these backgrounds to just be just a gentle backdrop - not too 'in your face' - We'll see. It might have to come out..
I had also toyed with the idea of leaving the road unstitched. I thought perhaps the negative space would work well, but because of the colour of background silk (which is impossible to photograph and changes colour every time) I think it is a little bit too 'yellow-brick-road-ish. 
I will put is aside for now and look at it in a day or two and decide how I feel about it.

In the meantime, I will get back to the notes for 'Sweet Repose' I only have half a dozen diagrams or so to draw, then I can put it all together and get it off to the printer. The fabric pieces went to print just after Christmas and should be ready next week and the yarns are on their way. If all goes to plan the kit should be in the SHOP within the next two weeks. 
If you are interested in the kit, please send me an email me to pre-order and I will make sure I keep one aside for you.

We are busy getting the vineyard ready to net the vines. These crazy plants just keeps growing - even with the hot weather we have had. We have spent hours (of fun) trimming them back, surely they will stop growing now...

Best Stitches and sunshine to everyone from a small vineyard near Adelaide.,


  1. Oooh, Anna, I admire your patience to create such delicate and miniature emboirdery, it looks gorgeous......when I look at those tiny striped socks, wow!!! Sweet Repose looks great!
    Sunshine you say..? Here, in The Netherlands, it's dark wet and stormy and they say it's winter (warm temperatues)... ;)
    Hugs, Ilona

  2. So tiny... It's hard to believe even if you see it next to the pin.