Time travel is great, no? So anyways, I didn’t actually get this posted last week but I also didn’t get much crafting done.
I worked more of the satin stitch on my latest TAST pennant; just a few leaves to go. I am also at the point of deciding if I want to dedicate a whole pennant to the week’s TAST challenge (Crossed Buttonhole Stitch) or squeeze a few of the variations on this one. Hem haw, hem haw.
The reason my posts have been delayed here lately is because I’ve been redirecting my brain to other projects.
First up, I am preparing for a month or three of student supervision on a field project (more on that will occur over at my anthropology blog). Some refreshing of my studies is in order! And, no, that is not a real skeleton. It is quite garbage as far as what I would like to have, actually, being made of heavy plastic with quite laughable “detail”, but it gets the job done just enough to help me visualize what should be there most of the time. It certainly saved me in the beginning of my graduate class, when I couldn’t even tell a femur from a humerus!
Second, Boy decided it is high time we have a deck so much research in design and construction has been had. (I lost the debate on finishing the inside of the house first simply because my wallet is much less power-wielding than his, ha!) We’ve got the concrete foundations set so far. You can see Boy’s handiwork here in hot pink, snuck in between the workers drilling holes.
You’ve read about my idea for this here, right? Ok! See all completed TAST posts here.
I got a bit behind with TAST, I think largely due to the difficulty of turning the Rice Stitch into a motif all on its own. But I finally completed it! In its full front and back glory:
I played around with how to layer what I am calling the “rice” on top of the cross stitch, which is the basis for the rice stitch. I hope it is all pretty self-explanatory by looking at them. The only “tricky” one is the third row, which looks like I layered two rows of cross-stitching but I did not. You can tell that from looking at the backside. Doing that would have been faster than making the rice stitch, though;)
I settled on an argyle style sock as my motif. It basically is a weird satin stitch design on top of cross-stitch, though, when you really think about it.
And the title portion – I made the “rice” stitches as big as the cross-stitches so again it looks like row three. For a sampler, I do wish I had made them more like tiny “rice” pieces but I’ve since moved on from this one!
In other thoughts, I am glad I have decided to make a combined pennant for the stitches I have “missed”. It helps alleviate some stress of trying to come up with a dedicated pennant for stitches that do not have much variation (French Knot, Satin, etc), but still let’s me catalog them. And practice is always needed!
I have a lot of progress on my quilt!
It should have been finished by now because it was meant to be fast and easy but my imagination is just doing everything it can to slow it down. I am fighting to find the balance! When it is all said and done, you’ll see everything in beautiful ironed detail:D I’ll also explain how off-pattern I got. Up next is the challenging task of machine sewing the appliqué pieces where I can, and then hand-sewing the rest. Yes, I planned this poorly – but I had trusted the fusible appliqué, what can I say?
As for TAST, I finally did complete week 15’s rice stitch! It is currently drying after having sprayed it with water to remove the ink lines so I will probably post about it tomorrow. I then decided that once this week’s stitch was announced (whipped wheel), I realized that if I kept skipping stitches that don’t have much variation to them, I would be missing out on too much! Therefore, I decided to collect these on a single pennant (or more as the year unfolds). I started back with week 13, the buttonhole wheel that I skipped since I kind of added it to the buttonhole week’s pennant. So far this pennant has four separate stitches on it, but I will likely hold off on posting it in better detail until I fill it up. You may notice that I went a little bonkers with the “font”. I was in a hurry – if you hadn’t noticed with prior examples, the text is not the portion I care about. I enjoyed the challenge of “how fast can I get started with red thread?” ;)