almost to the day

01 Apr

I sat with Anno last night for the first time in what tomorrow will be a year since i last put needle to her!!!!!!!!!!

First i had Greyman hold her up so i could see what *had* been done “to date”.

as of march 31_14 Oh my but there’s a lot of untouched expanse (half of it!!) that is folded up and under in this photo!


as of march 31_14b

as of march 31_14d

Stitching such a large piece by hand is a bit problematic. I have this huge thing to scrumple and borgle around trying to get comfortable enough to hold sections while i stitch. Since i don’t use a hoop, it must be quite entertaining watching me wrestle each area into submission, as i turn the piece to manoeuvre the needle! When i say it’s 48×72″ it seems manageable, but the reality is that it’s an unwieldy monster. BUT that’s part of the challenge and the reason i did leave the size of the cloth uncut as it was “treated” with rust!

Small changes in the amount done, but it’s a good start again. More of the honeycombs/cells:

honeycomb cells march 31_14

Snail guy has a bit more in his shell:

snail march 31 _14

I’ve decided too that unless i integrate the whole somehow, it’s going to look like a giant all over the place sampler of sorts. The rowan (mountain ash as we call it here) will be my anchor then, and will start appearing more around it as i go.

rowan march 31_14(The original inspiration for the Rowan is here.)

Sigh of content much evident last night 🙂


Posted by on April 1, 2014 in process and reasoning, stitch


8 responses to “almost to the day

  1. Anne Marie - Toronto

    April 1, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Quite a task, but rewarding I think. Keep going! I just put the last stitch in my blue/green monster and will try to take photos later today.

    • arlee

      April 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Saw it on the FB group and WOW! Hope you solve the photography problem too: i have one piece from along time ago that is a beeyotch to get in the “frame” properly, so i gave up 🙂

  2. Mo Crow

    April 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

    good to see this one surfacing again Arlee!

    • arlee

      April 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

      I and she are quite chuffed 🙂

  3. Angie Willis

    April 2, 2014 at 1:12 am

    What a massive piece of work you’ve got there. And all hand-stitched which to my mind is the best way to go. The thought and hours of work that have gone (and have yet to go) into this are mindblowing. I can think of all the drawbacks in working this big – how to ‘see’ the whole piece in your mind as you go along and, as you say, how to manoever it as you stitch. As a beginning stitcher I’m definitely inspired!

    • arlee

      April 2, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Thanks first for dropping by and then for your kind words. I can’t imagine life anymore without hand stitch 🙂 I don’t have a fixed idea in my head of the whole, so it’s all good, just getting the work done and then keeping the flow across everything!

  4. thredfairy

    April 3, 2014 at 1:12 am

    I love this piece and she is going to be magnificent


Thoughts? Insights? Jokes?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: