Saturday, July 17, 2010

Finished and begun

I finished this last night -- at about 11 pm -- way later than I'm usually awake, but hey, I was on a roll

so this morning I was looking at it and there it is, sticking out like a sore thumb -- a goof in the stripe knitting

(go ahead, study the picture -- once you find the mistake it's all you can see!)

no, I am not going to rip it out -- I didn't notice it until I was looking at the photo, and I'm thinking the baby that will wear it won't mind so much

but I can't enter this one in the State Fair

go I'll be casting on another one -- fortunately I have lots of the right kind of yarn (in some very interesting colors I might add), so there's no problem there

and you can bet I'll be carefully watching out for the stitch "oops"!
after fiddling with this for many months I've finally gotten serious about getting it finished

(nothing like a looming deadline to my only opportunity to enter it in the Fair to get me rolling!)

the pictures are a bit over exposed, but the real thing is a nice dark blue and all of the embroidery is 2 strands of white cotton floss

and this is the back of a kimono style bathrobe that I'm working on
the first of the two fronts is marked and ready to start here in this picture

(I actually have already started stitching on this now)

the two sleeves have already been done, so I just need to finish the fronts and stitch up the piece

-- oh yeah, first I'll have to go get the fabric to line the inside

ok, I need to stitch faster!

I'm thinking a sort of marbled red fabric for the lining -- or perhaps a Japanese style print of some sort

I'm not sure

the petals for the holly hock dolls were pressed

and shaded (with Copic markers)

and pressed again (to set the color)

they look pretty good

so now they are ready for me to start stitching together to create the little dollies

not long ago I signed up to do a 2 foot by 2 foot quilt that will be part of The Dream Rocket Project.

these quilts will be displayed at shows around the country (mine will go to the show in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, CA, to be on display from January1, 2011 to March 1, 2011) then they will go to Huntsville, Alabama, where they will be used to wrap a replica of a Saturn V rocket -- creating a 32,000 square foot quilt

I've been fiddling with ideas for this piece for a few weeks -- thinking about what my "dream for the future of the planet" would be

this morning an idea came to me that I think is a "keeper" --- using the blue planet and some paper dolls (the kind you make by folding up a strip of paper and cutting to make a connected chain of them)

this feels comfortable and right -- let the pattern designing begin!
another afghan square is complete

slowly that box is filling up

finished the first ring of circles in the matting of the flower quilt -- now on to the overlapping row -- trying to stay focus on this -- don't rush, just work steadily along

time to get working!

1 comment:

AlisonH said...

You do incredible work already, but--W O W !