Saturday, February 16, 2008

You made my day award & Kaleidoscope: Started section M

Thank you so much Jeanne and Elisabeth for both awarding me "You make my day award". I must say that you also made my day when you gave me this award :-)

The Rules:Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.

I will start with a few blogs and will add more in the days to come.

  1. Jeanne's blog called Just String blog which I like to visit on a regular basis. Jeanne is working on a gorgeous CyberStitchers' project called "To the Acorns", something that is on my list of to do projects. The colors that she is choosing for that project are just wonderful.
  2. Elisabeth Braun's blog called Sew-in-Love . Elisabeth has been doing wonderful projects as well. We definitely have a lot of the same taste in projects, so it is always fun to check out her blog to see what she has been working on.
  3. Terry's blog called Through-the-Hoop Terry and I have been very good friends for a few years now and she has been a very positive on me. Terry has been doing a lot of free-style embroidery and I have been the happy beneficiary of gorgeous projects like a couple of English cottages that I absolutely adore.
  4. Elisabeth Zolomy's blog called BoskeZ and Colors . Elisabeth is very also very talented. She does beautiful free-style embroidery and is also a very good painter. I just love her garden and I can imagine how pleasant it must be to be stitching or painting there.
  5. Laura's blog called Two-Handed Stitcher . Laura has so many wonderful projects that if given the opportunity I would just love to stitch. I find this site a wonderful place for daydreaming. There are lots of beautiful Christmas projects, lovely old houses, geometrics, etc. and the stitching is wonderful.
  6. Meg's blog called Committed Stitcher. Meg is an EGA CyberStitchers like I am and I love visiting her blog and see what she is up to. Meg is a very prolific stitcher and her work is very varied and includes goldwork, blackwork, needlepoint, crazy quilting, etc.
  7. Pat's blog called Needle Art Nut. Pat is another very prolific stitcher and we can see some wonderful projects that she has made during the years. One project that I especially like is a Loretta Young project that we have both done called Bargello Symphony.
  8. Judith's blog called Judith's Material Musings is full of beautiful projects, mostly crazy quilting ones with gorgeous thread and silk embroideries. Crazy quilting is something that I have tried in the past, but never thought I was very good at, but the love of it remains and it is wonderful to be able to live vicariously through this blog.
  9. Jo in New Zealand has also a wonderful blog where I could spend lots of time looking at her wonderful embroidery. Jo Does crazy quilting, something that I just love to look at especially when it is as well done as it is on that blog. Lots of inspiration there. I may just decide to give CQ another go :-)
  10. And finally the last one but not the least is a wonderful blog called Hand Embroidery Group Projects I like the idea of a collective group projects where you can see the creativity of its members. We can see on this blog wonderful and inspiring projects and stitching, a good place to spend time to relax and recharge.

I could have gone on and on as there are so many blogs around. These are some of the ones I love to visit and recharge myself.


Kaleidoscope: Section M

After a long period of inaction on this lovely piece, I decided to take it out again and do a bit more on it.


I know that there is a large number of stitchers who have started it and there is also a large number who have put it aside. If everybody else is like me, it would be for a couple of reasons, one being that there is so much counting on this piece that if anybody is challenged in that department, they might as well pass on this project and the other reason being the continuous repetition of sections.


Like I have just finished one of the 8 M sections and I know that I have 7 more to do just like this one and four of them are the reverse image of it, so will need to scan the instructions, reverse them and print.


When I started working on it, I wanted to make my life a bit easier by stitching the outline (see on the left side of Kaleidoscope). Wrong! I was told that since this M section is all basketweave, I cannot mix the continental method for the outline and then do the inside with basketweave, so left it there for the moment and will have to under when I get to that one. My idea was that it would be so much easier for me to stitch the inside once the outline was done. Much less risk of mistakes then. Still thinking and wondering how I could make my life easier for the 7 other M sections that I still have to do. If you read this and have some idea, please let me know :-)


I still have to stitch the flower stems in stem stitch, but I want to wait until I have done the 8 sections and then do them all together.


After that there are many other sections with repeats, so it does go on and on.


Why am I continuing stitching on it, one might wonder. It is because I think that this pattern is just so beautiful and I hate to give up on some project.


Pierrette =^..^=


Terry said...

Well have been waiting for over a year to see some more work on this and its worth waiting for and I really must get mine out and work on it.

look forward to seeing the next installment and hope I do not have to wait another year

LovetoStitch99 said...

Oh Terry,

You are just too funny :-D

Pierrette =^..^=

Meg said...

I think it's very pretty, too! One reason I stitch the way I do, putting things into a rotation, is so that I don't get totally bored on a project and begin to hate it. When you look at something and go ... I only have to put two lengths of thread in it and I can go on to something I -really- enjoy, it makes it so much easier to put those two lengths in. And then, before you know it, you're done. I do think it's a gorgeous looking piece.

LovetoStitch99 said...


I so agree with you, mostly with a project such as Kaleidoscope, which can make you go bonkers (smiling)

Pierrette =^..^=

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the compliments! :-)

I too have Kaleidoscope in my stash because it's so lovely. It will be a while before I get to it.

I hate to tell you, though, that the Camelot ornament is completely symmetric (unlike some of the other ornaments). Each quadrant is fully repeated 4 times. It's small enough (and pretty enough), though, that hopefully neither of us will get too bored!

Judith said...

Hi, I couldn't get your email to work but I just wanted to thank you for truly making my day but your lovely comments and the little award. It is so nice to know you are reading the blog, I often wonder if there is any point to keep it going. Your blog is delightful, your stitching absolutely superb.
Thank you so much again and I will post some blogs but it will be a day ot two.
You have really nade my day.

Doris said...

beautiful pattern,

Elisabeth Braun said...

Hi there!

Re your comment on my blog - I must say that I agree with you completely! It's lovely that someone visits your blog and rates it highly and it's also great to keep up with the work that others with similar tastes do.

Ta for the award! I didn't feel like doing more than just 1, but you did the full 10!=)

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Beautiful work you do! I found you via Pat. I noticed you have listed Jo in NewZealand - I love her things too. Are you familiar with Allison Aller? do NOT miss her blog if you haven't seen it - it's fabulous with the art crazy quilts!

LovetoStitch99 said...

Thanks a lot for giving me Allison's blog. Just had a brief look and it is beautiful. Love yours too :-)

Pierrette =^..^=