Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hollyhock House: A Gay Ann Rogers' design

I love Gay Ann Rogers' designs and I have purchased quite a few from her and when it was decided that we could do Hollyhock House as a SAL (stitch along) I thought this was a wonderful idea and decided to participate as well. Ann, who is our leader/moderator for this SAL has given us 3 monthly assignments so far: November, December & January. Since I was heavily involved with other stuff in November & December, I had a bit of catching up this past week, but have managed to do all the stitching assigned and I am now ready for our February assignment.

Here is what we have done so far.

  • November: We worked pages 2 & 3 (we have 145 pages total + 5 oversized graphs)
  • December: We worked dividing bands and grass (page 4)
  • January: The pot of flowers on the left side of the house (pages 3 - 27)
This is a photo of the top 2 flowers:

This photo shows the bottom flower with the vase

Finally, this photo shows the whole vase with flowers and a few rows of grass underneath.

This is a really big piece. I am using some 11" by 17" stretcher bars as we were told that it was not recommended to use scroll bars for this project. I can say that working with such a big frame is not the easiest thing to do, but it is manageable. I may need some arm extension before the completion of this project (grinning).
Next assignment will probably be about stitching some bricks, which will make a nice change after working the left vase and flowers before we have to work on another vase for the right side of the house.
What is interesting with this SAL is that after the assignment is completed for the month, we have time to work on other projects as well, so will go back to them now. I am working on another project at this time but can't blog it right now as it is a gift and I don't want that person to see it before the proper time :-)
Pierrette =^..^=