Sunday, February 8, 2009

Here, Kitty Kitty

While I was stitching that cute lion with the monkey face, I kept thinking, "here, kitty kitty", and eventually he appeared. The only things missing from this lovely little among-the-flora-and-fauna scene is the lady, a ginger-colored sheep and a blue bird sitting on the lion's butt. I like it, and I won't subject you to a long-winded explanation about what I did (or unsuccessfully tried to do) to the moon. Let's just say that I have a left-brain issue concerning symmetry. But then you know this because I've already told you how I readjusted the whole damn border. This pic shows my progress on page three of the four-page chart. My mom, who is retired and has become Super Stitcher (I think she's secretly stitched SS on her undies), is quickly moving through page two. And she just started the sampler at Thanksgiving!!! Can you believe that? I'm working to keep ahead of her in an attempt not to be the slowest stitcher in the family ... even though I am (sniff ... I feel so genetically cheated). My sister is on the last section but we haven't had a progress report lately. Maybe we can eventually do a three-way finish pic.


See the grassy area at the bottom? That's eight out of ten rows of dull fill-in. I've read about how many of the stitchy bloggers hate to fill in, and I'm right there. So, in an effort to make it not-so-dull, I've been stitching a few cute little fun-to-stitch things and then filling in a needleful of grass. Then I go back to the fun stuff for a little while. I'm the queen of deal-making with myself, so that's the deal. I'm not sure what will be arranged when I get to the last section pretty soon. It has lots of cute little things to stitch, but it's completely filled in with two colors of green. I've seen one completed piece with just the cute stuff and no filling. Anyway, thinking about all the filling-in to come got me to thinking about these two stinkers ...

They're both solidly stitched on 36-count linen over one, and that was more filling (yawn) than I've had to do on anything else. In fact, these two little samplers turned out to be true BAP's. So if I finished these two, certainly I can get through one section of ATS, right? By the way, I have another one of these ready to go but other things have cut into the projects-in-waiting queue.


And to you experienced (or just younger) bloggers: I really wanted to put these two pictures next to each other, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. I continue to be technologically challenged, so it's not as cool as I wanted it to be.

I'm off ... school tomorrow, and not a snow day in sight! We really need a good blizzard around here.

6 comments:

Pam said...

I do not have the patient for this kind of detailed work, and I so admire anyone who does! Lovely! Thank you for visiting my blog.

Katrina said...

LOL! Love your progress on ATS, I hope one day soon to get back to it :-).

staci said...

It is absolutely stunning Doris! Don't be too hard on yourself, you're making fantastic progress!!!

Brigitte said...

Doris, your ATS looks fantastic!
Haha, I also make deals with myself very often, particularly when I'm correcting and grading papers. So I know what you are writing about, lol.

Please, who are the designers of the finished samplers that you show here- They are gorgeous and I feel like enhancing my stash ....

Siobhan said...

Umm, over one on 36 ct? Girl, you are all kinds of crazy!! ROFLOL, just kidding (kind of), they are both gorgeous!! I have no clue how you'd put them together other than doing a collage thing through picnik.com.

Your ATS is looking fab, YGG! I can't believe how quickly your mother is rocking through it, wow! I swear, that cloud alone took me over a month. On the bottom of my ATS, partly because I abhor filling stuff in & partly because I was paranoid that I'd mess up along the way, I only stitched one of the colors. I think Green Apple. ? I forget & have since given away my chart. Anyhoo, I stitched just the Green Apple every other two linen threads as if I did have the other thread to fit in there. It has the effect but 1/2 of the work, and at that point, I was ready to be done!

Gillie said...

Oh Doris! Gorgeous! I have GOT to get my pathetic little stitching out today! I am enjoying your blog and going to put it on mine (forget the technical term)!