January 04, 2012

WIP 4: Peaceful Paradise

Greetings again, with Day 4 of my WIPs catalogue! One of the nice things about pulling these out and inventorying them (and whatever challenges or issues they represent), is that when I stop by In Stitches, as I will tonight for Stitch Night and I did yesterday just to sit around and chew the fat, I can pick up missing fibers or embellishments and work toward completing some of these projects. Yesterday I picked up some missing thread and Kreinik braid for the Cross-Eyed Cricket Dickens project--I'm on the home stretch with that.

Kind of far from the home stretch, but still viable, is "Peaceful Paradise" by Praiseworthy Stitches [Edited to correct: NOT PS but Midsummer Night Designs!]. I started it in December 2007--probably it was a New Year's Eve start. I'm stitching it on Lakeside Examplar in 40 count. I love this linen, and there's no doubt that the older linens were more substantial and softer (and really, we're just talking about five years ago). I am still a Lakeside fan, and I love the range of colors and counts, but it's really a shame. Wish I'd bought bolts of the stuff. I've commemorated the death of my rabbit at the time, The Bunnyman, on the hillside. See the little black bunny? Martha, our best-ever tabby, is commemorated there as well; I changed the colors of the cat that was in the chart. I'm using the called-for Crescent Colours and Thread Gatherer cotton threads.

Here's what I accomplished last night--the verse that's jutting out to the left. I can tell this is an older effort by me becuase I started it in the middle, something I no longer do. You guys are going to laugh, but I can't find page 2 of the 12-page chart. Fortunately I have a working copy that I made, somewhere around here. Today's job is to find that page, since I really feel more comfortable working top-down, left to right. One of the things I'm keeping in mind is that I want to take a few projects with me to the Cape. This is one of them.

Here's the design in its entirety. I should mention that one of the shop's customers stitched this on 40 count over ONE and exhibited it in last year's Woodlawn Show. And to Maggie, who asked, there will be no Woodlawn show this year because they are removing the windows and replacing them (not the antique glass, but the wood parts) at the time that the show is normally held.

And here's a picture of the sweetest bunny ever, The Bunnyman. He showed up in our yard one spring day--he was a neighbor throw-away. He was a satin/mini rex that the neighbor's child won at the fair (what the heck! I hope they put a stop to that!) and lost interest in. He had been housed in a much too small cage and had lived on a diet of pellets. When he discovered he could live in our family room uncaged and have as much timothy as he'd like, he was in heaven. He and the tabby would stretch out in front of the fireplace and toast themselves when we made a fire.

Back tomorrow!


Giovanna said...

Oh my goodness, this is a wonderful project - great going!

Erica said...

WOW! This one is a show stopper!
I can't wait to see your progress on this one!
P.S. I know what you mean on the old linens. There does seem to be a difference in quality.

Nicole said...

I love this design Glenna! I can't wait to see more! I know what you mean about the old linens!! It's really too bad. :(

Margaret said...

OH gosh, I love this piece! I think I'd go nuts with all the words though. lol! Love seeing your Bunnyman. He was a pretty bunny too!

Katrina said...

Love that project!!! I have it in my stash too :-). You are such a bad influence, LOL.

Sweet bunny, I am glad he found a happy home with you.

Catherine said...

What a beautiful piece - I love how you are personalizing it. Wow! Amazing to think that someone stitched the entire thing on 40 over one!

Siobhan said...

I LOVE that sampler!! It looks great. Your bunny was adorable--I love how you remembered him in your sampler.

Mouse said...

ohhh wow that's a big project ....hope you find your missing page and over one sheesh ...amazing .. and awwwwww the bunny is adorable :) love mouse xxx

Jeanne said...

I just love this pattern - a model is on display at my LNS (over 2 on 40-ct) and I bought the chart but who knows when I'll ever get it stitched! I cannot believe anyone could do it over-1 on 40-ct! I'm having trouble using 40-ct at all even with magnification.

I'm with you on missing the old Lakeside linens. The mottling was so much nicer on them 5 years ago but now there is hardly any mottling at all. I'm guessing there's not as much 'hands on' dyeing and it's more volume-oriented now than when they started the business.

Bunnyman looks like he was so velvety, I'm sure you miss him.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I had forgotten all about this sampler... it's gorgeous. I love how you chose to remember your sweet bunny and tabby.
Bunnyman sure was a handsome rabbit.

marly said...

Bunnyman was a very lucky guy to find his way into your home. That project is sensational! I don't ever remember seeing this chart so I'm looking it up.

Anonymous said...

Glenna Love the sampler...but I love bunnyman. He is so sweet. I so wish I could get another but i am still don't think I can go through the loss of another if something would happen. It has been 9 months and I still cry...I miss my little man so much..

Anonymous said...

Glenna forgot, I really can't believe someone would put that sweet bunny out. He is so lucky to have you rescue him..

Kellie said...

Glenna, your wip parade is inspiring me. :) I have loved every one that you have shown so far, and enjoy reading your posts so frequently. Bunnyman was sure a cutie. I like how he is remembered on your sampler.

Gabi said...

Wow, that's a beauty. Still drooling here.
I know what you mean with old linen. And it is very irritating if you have something you really like and it gets changed.
Love that bunny

Minnie said...

That is a very big project and I can't wait to see your progress.

Rabbits' Guy said...

... and, as they say ... the rest is history

Nancy said...

That is one amazing project! I can't even imagine stitching this over one let alone on 40 count! The Bunnyman looks like black velvet - he's beautiful!

Deb said...

You have some wonderful projects in the works. This one has been on my hit list for a while - maybe next year. I can't fit it in this year!

Michelle said...

I remember you putting the Bunnyman on that piece. He was such a cutie. And I do hope you find your page 2. I love this one and can't wait to see more!

Michelle said...

I remember you putting the Bunnyman on that piece. He was such a cutie. And I do hope you find your page 2. I love this one and can't wait to see more!

Daffycat said...

Ooo, lovely! I don't start in the middle any more either. Isn't it funny how we out grow things?

o.O I hope you find your missing page!

Brigitte said...

Wow, what a project this is. So beautiful!

maggie said...

Unfortunately, bad news travels fast. Maybe I can help slow it down?
No, the Exhibition is not happening in March. The ACTING DIRECTOR is working with the TRUST and the contractor and I am working with the Acting Director to set dates for a May Show.
The Nellys do not have a say in whether the Show goes on or not. This is a HOUSE/TRUST decision.
The good news is the west facing windows are being refurbished. If that improvement means a delay in the Show, I'll take the delay.
maggie bunch

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