I finished the center panel of Sleepy Hollow last night. The backstitching on the angel's wings was a PITA. It's so close to the colors of the wings, and the stitches don't always end at the corner of blocks, so it was pretty fiddly. It took me a good hour and a half to do it, and that is unusual for me. HTB thinks the backstitch adds something to the project, but I'm not sure. I think, if I were to have the courage to stitch this again, I'd use the glow in the dark floss for the backstitch.
I'm not going to start the side panels for now. I have other things I need to get finished first, so it will go back in its box to wait for a bit. This was a major accomplishment, and it feels like "enough" for now.
I haven't done an update for the M Designs ring pillow. I work on this sporadically, but it's moving up this week to the focus piece. It should go pretty quick. The floss color doesn't really photograph well, but it is a fairly close match to the bridesmaids' dresses, at least as close as one gets in GAST.
One issue that I'm trying to reason out to myself is how to do the back. As I've said, this will be a biscornu; I think that will make it more "fun" and it won't be the everyday ring pillow I see in catalogs, plus I'll get to practice my biscornu skills. I want to put our names, the wedding date and the name of the church on the reverse. My problem is, do I put the wording so that it becomes an outer point that straddles a corner, or make it so that it's an inner point of the biscornu and you see the names in a straight line? It's a hard decision to make. The inner makes it very proper, the outer makes it a bit "whimsical" Any feelings?
Lastly, my progress on the GTG kit. I like the Sullivan floss. Really I can't see a huge difference between this and DMC. But I wouldn't mix and match the two and I wouldn't sub in Sullivan for DMC if I ran out of a color. I always fret about the difference in "sheen" and the richness of color difference between Anchor and DMC, and it would probably be noticeable here too, but it's fun to have a new floss. I'm hoping to get this done pretty quick. It's charted for a standard frame, so I'll be framing it myself. We were looking at the frames Sue had for some other finishes at the GTG, and realized that it's not that hard to make those frames with gee-gaws on them, the rosettes and moulding. My father has a catalog to order the gee-gaws, and they're cheaper than the store, so I'll be using that. I'll post the name of it when he gives it to me.
I hope this week is treating everyone well. The theatre starts the second half of the season this week, so I have a challenging stretch here for the next few weeks. Uggghhh, it's hard to leave at 6AM, knowing I won't be home til 9. Especially this week--it's fireman's carnival week in my town. The ladies' auxiliary makes the best crabcakes ever--no filler, good Maryland crab, they're reasonably pricedand it's heaven on a bun with tartar sauce--and we usually get over at least once. I've been so busy, we haven't had a chance, and I'm not sure we'll get one. BOO HOO! HTB is consoling me with all I can eat crab legs at a restaurant, but there is something about a handmade crabcake that all the crab legs in the world can't touch. I've made some very hard decisions that I have to cut back my hours til the wedding, or things won't get done and I'll have a nervous breakdown. It's going to be a change, but I'm blessed that my new boss at the theatre (formerly the assistant manager) understands. After all, we spent 15 minutes one evening watching videos of the wedding march on YouTube and crying happy tears. She just wants to be sure that she gets some cake at the wedding, LOL.
And, it's summer! It's time to kick back and drink lemonade!