This time of year is always busy, busy, busy for me. In some ways it's busier than the Christmas holidays! But it is all "good busy"... just a little bit of a challenge to keep everything on schedule and moving in the right direction!
Kelly, the younger of my two daughters, is in the final weeks of her senior year in high school. Oh my...as many of you are experiencing or have experienced yourselves...how is this happening already?! I'm working hard to keep my emotions in check and enjoy the moments with her. Prom, senior class retreat, finalizing college plans, graduation, ... all fun and exciting!
With all the extra activities in our house, I got a little behind on my "Ann Dale" homework for this month. And I was feeling a little anxious about it because I'm afraid if I don't stay on schedule with this SAL poor Ann will get lost in the WIP basket and I am determined to not let that happen! So I put everything else aside and stitched diligently on her to get caught up.
Here's the section that was this month's homework ...
"Ann" is stitched on Lakeside Linen Vintage Pear which is a linen that I love, but I'm having a difficult time photographing it accurately. Ann's colors are also much prettier than they photographed here. I'll work on getting a better picture for next time!
There is a change I decided to make. The color of the stems and leaves in the center border is almost the same shade as my piece of linen and they are blending into the fabric too much. So when I started stitching this month's homework, I decided to change the stems and leaves to the same color as the border.
You can see the border as charted on the left and with the change on the right.
So little by little as I'm stitching I'll change what I originally stitched **phooey** but I think overall I'll be happier with the darker stems and leaves. Which leads me to a question ... "do you ever make changes to the charted design or do you think you should stay true to the original sampler?" hmmmm ... I think we'll leave that discussion for another day!
I'll end with a photo of my progress to date ...
Shakespeare's Peddler "Ann Dale:1827"
Lakeside Linens 40ct. Vintage Pear
Needlepoint Silks, Gloriana Silk Floss, Belle Soie Silks by Cresent Colors
Until next time ... enjoy your stitching!