Saturday, January 8, 2011

Progress Update on Noel and Gus

It has been a week of slow but steady progress on my Noel canvas and Sarcoph A Gus. But, progress nonetheless. Noel has really been a joy to work on. It's such an upbeat, festive design with fun threads. I am still working the scarlet basketweave border across the bottom of the design.

 I love stitching with the Planet Earth silk. It is so soft and lustrous - such a pleasure to work with! It has been a while since I worked this much basketweave at once (not that it is all that much basketweave to stitch) and I am enjoying it. I find basketweave to be very soothing and relaxing. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I can get the border finished.

On the Halloweenies scene, Gus's wrappings are coming along. The wrappings seem to me to be fairly free-form in their design. I don't believe any two stitchers will stitch the wrappings the same way.

There's still a lot of work to do on Gus's wrappings. I bought some instant coffee at the grocery store today to use on the actual cloth wrappings that we will apply to Gus. I'll have to go back and read Amy's description of how she got the right "look" for the wrappings in last month's newsletter and, of course, in our stitch guide.

I've been watching the Weather Channel all morning wondering if their forecasts of snow and ice for Augusta on Sunday and Monday will come true. The snow isn't a terrible thing for us but the ice would surely be. We haven't had a bad ice storm in several years. When we do, we usually lose electricity from falling limbs and trees. I decided this morning to go on to the grocery store/pharmacy to pick up a prescription and a couple of extra items. It was busy, busier than most Saturdays but there was plenty of bread and milk. Why people buy bread and milk when faced with an ice storm, I don't know. If you lose electricity, you can't cook the eggs. I guess you can eat a lot of cereal and use up the milk. After the last time we had an ice storm, I went to Target and bought a small Coleman stove and some fuel. I've never even taken it out of its box and that was at least four or five years ago. I'm glad it's on hand but I hope I don't have an opportunity to use it.

Hope your new year is off to a good start and that you are getting lots of stitching done! Stay warm and out of the snow!


  1. Hi Melinda,

    Noel is really coming along. You do not have much work on it at all. It really looks wonderful.
    Gus is looking great. You are doing a great job on his wrappings. I know that it is taking a lot of time to get those threads to lay perfect and yours look perfect.
    Hope you do not get hit with the ice storm. They are the absolute worst.

  2. I agree with you about the Planet Earth silk. We've been using it on a lot of our models with great results.