After NaNoWriMo, I took December off from writing. Cleaning up the basement inspired me to pick up one of my other hobbies: needlework. Needlework used to be one of my very favorite hobbies, the one I did all the time, but something that requires the use of both hands doesn’t fit well with a baby in the house. Now that my youngest is 2, though, I can start picking it up again.
I have a bazillion works-in-progress and to-be-started projects (that’s only a slight exaggeration) and for the first few days I was actually frozen while choosing what to work on. So many choices!
I settled on Misty Morning Vineyard designed by Martina Rosenberg (formerly Weber). It was originally released as a “Mystery” project, meaning that a new piece of the chart was revealed each month over the course of am entire year. So when I started the project, I had no idea what it would look like. Talk about a leap of faith.
(BTW, that year was 2003. And this month was probably the first time I picked up the project since then. Hah!)
I forgot to take a picture before I started stitching on it, but this is how it looked after a few days. (I’d finished the 2nd and three side with the trees, and the purple row of boxes on the upper left.)
Here’s a close-up of the peacock. It’s intense, let me tell you! Each stitch in the peacock’s body is a quarter of the size of the stitches in the rest of the piece. It’s called over-one stitching, and while it is slow and intense to stitch, it allows for more color and detail than the standard over-two stitching.
I’m stitching Misty Morning Vineyard on (I believe) 32ct blue linen. Wedgewood might the official color, I’m not sure. The threads used are a mix of Thread Gatherer Silk N’ Colors, Needlepoint Inc Silks, Caron Collection Waterlilies and Wildflowers, Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Brain, and Anchor Marlitt. There’s also a lot of beading in the final step. This is luxury stitching with all those silks. 🙂
And, also, expensive.
Sometime between 2003 and now, I lost one of the Thread Gatherer Silk N’ Colors skeins. You can’t just walk into Joann’s and Michael’s to get silk thread. I had to special order it from the local needlework shop (they had every color except the one I needed, of course.)
Eight dollars. For a single skein of thread. *faints*
But it’ll be worth it in the end. Here’s a picture of the finished project, stitched by Jane from Illinois: (though our centers are different)