Sunday, December 23, 2018

Swan Stitch-a-Long, part 5

Hi everyone! It's time for another stitch-a-long check in. I love this stitch-a-long; we all get to work on our own projects at our own pace, then cheer each other on every three weeks! If you fancy joining us, Avis is the person to contact. 

Here's where I was last time...


And here's where I am now:


I've finished stitching the lower part of the center leaves and filled in two parts in the center background. I still haven't sat down and finished the feather outlining on the left-hand swan; that's my #1 task in the next three weeks. After all the counting and staring on my other Super Secret Project (reveal to come soon!), just filling in the background and the leaves was quite a relief!

lots of lovely background fill!
So stitching the rest of the feather outlines is my goal over the next stretch -- lots to do here as for some reason this takes me a long time ... but when it's done, it will make the swan stitching easier!


Remember the really uneven scallop shapes in the bottom banner? 


(I mean, really, that far left scallop is a half, and in the middle there's a great big one!!!)

The piece is 222 stitches wide, so I also plan to chart out the replacement pattern. But I don't think I'll stitch it until the main pattern is done. 

My fellow stitchers are all working on amazing projects -- I love seeing them all taking shape! Click over to their blogs and have a look for yourself!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, LindaHeidi, Jackie, Hayley, MeganCatherineDeborah,  Connie, and Clare.

Our next update will be Sunday, January 13 -- till then, wishing you a very merry Christmas and a magical 2019!

12 comments:

  1. It's lovely to be able to do some filling in now and again. Happy Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Avis -- happy Christmas to you, too!

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  2. Well done! Merry Christmas to you and a happy new year as well!

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  3. It sounds crazy, but background filling is my favourite part; it's mindless, no counting, and it looks impressive for a relatively small amount of work. And it's all forward progress. Happy Christmas :-)

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    1. If I keep it until last, background filling feels like torture -- it's the thing keeping me from being finished! But doing it now and again when everything else feels overwhelming has been a nice break. Happy Christmas Kate!

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  4. I can understand the appeal of background stitching, especially when life gets really busy! Have a lovely Christmas!

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  5. Good progress for holiday time stitching! I do enjoy filling in backgrounds. :-)
    Happy Christmas!

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    1. Hi Sue! I've realized it's nice to do at least some of the background as I go -- makes it seem less daunting at the end!

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  6. Well done! It’s great to be able to see some good progress.

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  7. Great progress - and your secret project is lovely!

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