Happy Wednesday all!
For my first Work-in-Progress Wednesday of the year, I have two projects to share.
The first is an ornament to mark my son’s first Yule and Christmas. It was meant to be done this past year, but due to illnesses and teething insanity in December I wasn’t able to get it done. We didn’t put a tree up this year… so I’m not that concerned. It’ll be done and up on the tree in 2014.
This is “You Were Hatched” by Teresa Wentzler. While it’s not quite clear yet, it’s a mother dragon looking down at her baby dragon.
The next is the start of a band sampler for a round robin I’ll be participating in this year. This piece will be wandering around the world through the hands of several other stitchers before finding its way home to me in October/November. I’m putting in a couple starting bands before sending it off by January 22nd, and depending on what it looks like when it comes home, I may add a couple more on the bottom.
This photo is where I was this morning:
I have the current diamond to complete, and then one more repetition of the motif to finish the band. This band was adapted from Beginner’s Guide to Blackwork by Lesley Wilkins.
I’m sketching the next band with the stitching year in it. It’s adapted from Rosewood Manor’s To Have a Child birth sampler, which I’ll be starting as Max’s official sampler later this year. There’s a very pretty band near the bottom with hearts, and I did a rough placement sketch on my evening train last night for the date band:
The top band is obviously what I’m working on now. Where I have “small” and “large” in squares is to mark where I’ll be placing some specialty-stitched hearts. It’s all done in pencil, so if I have to adjust it as I go, I can do so easily. Blank graph paper is such a wonderful thing!
I’m still debating whether I should add this date band to the bottom, though, and just add some other delicate bands before I send it off.