I know I said I would finish this yesterday, but when I got this far last night I thought, "Gee. I already have two finishes in December. Wouldn't it be better to have a quick finish in 2008?" Who could resist that? I certainly couldn't.
So this morning I finished Boo Betty Sheep (and owl friend). Except for the fact that I have never seen a green sheep, I really like this one. I especially liked stitching all the orange. It is such a cheerful color. Now that this is finished, I need to start something new.
First up on my list of 2008 Goals is Hawaiian Mandala. I had already downloaded the first section of the chart and printed it out, but it still took me a couple of hours to figure out all the symbols and what threads they indicated. This was a lot harder than most of the other charts I have. There are over 50 symbols and threads from six different manufacturers. I wanted to be absolutely sure of every symbol and every color, since this is not a design I want to frog.
I picked out the first six colors and prepared the fabric. I have decided to work the first section on a 8" x 14" Qsnaps frame. I might have to work the farther sections by hand as I don't have a scroll frame large enough for this project. Even in the Qsnaps, this is like stitching an afghan. There is just so much cloth! The number of stitches this will need does not really bother me, but I wonder just how I can handle all this cloth, especially once I start beading and adding the gemstones. I don't know if I will ever get a picture of an accurate color of the fabric. It is an odd shade of opalescent gold green. I like it quite a lot, but it's never going to photograph decently. This project will never travel, so I will also have to decide on a project for San Francisco/Los Angeles in a week and a half.
I probably won't have much to post in the next week. I really need to start working on cleaning up the sewing room (again), so that a guest can stay there at the end of the month. Starting Monday is CES (the Consumer Electronics Show). We will be at the Las Vegas convention center for much of the week, then going to San Francisco for MacWorld the following week.