Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fox Stitch-a-Long, part 4


So. Much. Foliage. I honestly thought that I would have been able to stitch all of the green leaves during these three weeks. But I was wrong...

I did get the great big green leaf on the right-hand side of the fox stitched, so that's great. And last night it turned a corner -- literally -- and started stitching the green leaves in the center of the piece.

that big leaf on the right? all stitched!
I really love the way the leaves curl, just like real acanthus. Here's a bit of curling leaf:


And a gorgeous specimen of acanthus I spotted today while we were on a day trip.


However, when I attempted to buy a plant at the swanky garden center, they only had the "spiky" and the "white-tipped" varieties. But what's good enough for William Morris is good enough for me: give me the bog standard kind!

There's still so much to stitch here ... given how vividly it's printed, it's easier to see from the back. Here's the backside of the piece with my work light shining through it. So much left to go!!!


By next time I really hope to have the green leaves stitched, as well as half of the blue. To keep me motivated I've joined a stitch-a-long, where my fellow stitchers are making great progress on some spectacular projects. You can see what they're working on on their blogs:

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaMary MargaretHeidiConnieJackieHayleyTony, and our two newest members, Megan and Timothy!

17 comments:

  1. You really did get a lot done! It's also fun to be reminded that what people think is William Morris being all twirly and fancy is actually quite a naturalistic representation of the real plant :-)

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I'm hoping my local swanky nursery will have an acanthus as I'd really like to add one or three to my garden.

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  2. Outstanding progress! I also like the foliage and how it curls.

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  3. You did set yourself a huge target to get all the green leaves done. It's coming along really fast and I love all the rich shades you're using.

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    1. I know, I know -- I really underestimated how much stitching was in those leaves! But this SAL has definitely kept my motivation up!

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  4. I think you are doing great Sunny, that one side is quite full of stitches! You have been hard at it and made MUCH progress. This will be such a beautiful piece when completed!

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    1. Thank you! Just keep stitching, just keep stitching...

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  5. Such a cute design! And while there's still a ways to go, you've made great progress!

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  6. The best thing about missing a couple of SALS is coming back and seeing projects like this that have just blossomed whilst ive been gone.

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    1. Awww, thanks! Looking forward to watching your stitching mojo return!

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  7. gorgeous stitching, and "bon courage" on all the filling in of inbetween bits.

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    1. Thanks Claire! I'm going to need it!

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  8. It was great to see the embroidery from the backside! Good idea and great progress!!!

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    1. Of course, then you can see how messy my stitching is! :)

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  9. That's great progress! And on such a large canvas, I'm not sure I'd have the patience. I love the backside picture. Thanks for sharing!

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