Thought those working on Royal Pain in the Tudors might like this Genealogy Chart. I have this on the front page of my binder since I find history interesting. You may imagine what I was working on this weekend, yes, Royal Pain in the Tudors. Last night I decided to treat myself and started stitching my Home Study. I am in the first round and know that most people are well ahead of me at this point, that is ok by me, I am just happy to have finally started stitching a portion of it.
What I found with the first band was that it is better to have several short strands of the Neon Rays and Fyre Werks Soft Sheen pre-straightened. I use a flat iron to quickly remove the kinks prior to stitching. I cut 6 lengths of each which was enough for one band. I really did enjoy stitching the Plaited Gobelin, but you do have to remember to keep the thread untwisted in the back before coming back up for the next stitch. I must say my back does look like the front. I can only see one small problem, if you look closely the triangle is off by one stitch compared to the red band which is a composite. Amy did tell us this in advance but I wish it would match up. In the long run I am sure it won’t bother me.
I have to thank Jane of Chilly Hollow for posting about finding Jane Zimmerman’s “Small Book Series”. Jane is the master enabler of all time The books available at this time are Laid & Layered Fillings Vol 1 and Background Stitches Vol 1. By reading the back of the book it appears that there will be several more small books added in the future. These are definitely must have books. As always Jane is a master in explaining stitches, how to use the stitch and if it will be easy or difficult to compensate. She has color diagrams for each stitch, which I absolutely love. It gives you an inkling as to how this will stitch up. Remember the stitch does change with changes in thread type, tonal values, one color versus two. These books are available from your LNS or directly from Jane Zimmerman’s website. While looking at Jane Zimmerman’s website go to her “Techniques” page, this is a free e-publication on various different techniques, like Or Nue. It is a wonderful reference tool to bookmark.
Next I have a few photos of Cheryl Timko’s finished Christmas ornaments. The pictures do no justice to these pieces, they are wonderful. The photo’s are overexposed which I do apologize for.
Congratulations Cheryl, can’t wait to see more of your finished ornaments. Folks Cheryl has stitched 21 ornaments + to date this year. It deserves a great big Woo Hoo!!
That’s it for tonight folks, have a great week stitching, I know I will.