Sunday, July 15, 2012

Go Towards the Light

Purple has been the color of the week as I moved on to the border of Sunflower and Berries. I definitely got off to a slow and frustrating start. The slanted burden stitch is not a difficult one but the dark purple threads on a dark purple background add to the "burden" of stitching the border. These old eyes of mine just aren't up to dark threads on a dark background.

Once I realized that good lighting was going to be essential for me to be able to stitch this border, I moved my stitching to my office to take advantage of the late afternoon sun. It made all the difference for me. Between the bright, natural light and a my back-up stitching light, I finally started to see some progress on the border. Good thing my office is at home!

Now, it's three sides down and one to go. Hopefully I can wrap up this project this week. Once the border is finished all that remains are the ribbon petals on the sunflower. Maybe I can show you a finished piece next week!

I never get tired of looking at the stacked beads on the sunflower so here's one more picture of it in the late afternoon sun.

The latest little heart from Associated Talents was finished this week.

I liked the braided Memory Thread element. I had never thought about braiding it before now.

In the midst of my early week frustration with the purple border on Sunflower & Berries, I decided to put Kirk and Hamilton's Frog's Breath on the stretcher bars. I'm using a stitch guide by Amy Bunger.

I love the green ThreadWorx color that Amy chose for the bottle. I did have to laugh because of the black threads on the black background. There was just no escaping that scenario for me this week!

That's my news on the stitching front for this week. Hope you have a great week ahead!


  1. Very compelling news. Completed projects, almost completed projects, and more on the horizon. Sounds like a good week to me!

  2. I love your Sunflower and Berries! Robin is teaching it at The Needle Bug in October and I can't wait!

  3. I so admire how diligent you are with your stitching and that you are fearless in trying new techniques. Great stitching....

  4. Hi Melinda,
    So glad that you found the right lighting to do the purple background, I love the beads for the center of the sunflower. Hope you get to finish this piece this week.

  5. i love the braided memory thread! i'll have to remember that technique. everything looks so beautiful!

  6. Love those stacked beads - I've never seen that before - it's an awesome effect especially for this piece. Hope to maybe see it one day (wink) - Border is looking great too - Melody

  7. Your piece looks great, Melinda! I'm a longtime reader but first time commenter. :-) Actually, I didn't now how to get in touch with you otherwise. Anyway, I saw your comment about working directly with a finisher on one of the recent comments on the NP Facebook group. If you don't mind, woudld you please share the information with me? I've been burned one too many times by letting my LNS do "finisher's choice" and need to see what my other options are. Thanks so much!!
    ~Whitney D.

  8. Melinda-Wondering where you, how you are. Still on a birthday high?

  9. Hello, Melinda - love your blog! Might you tell me what stitch you used to create the Christmas tree branches -- I love the effect but can't seem to enlarge the photo enough to use it as a guide.

    Many thanks!