Monday, October 15, 2007

Block 3 of Midsummer Night

Thanks for the comments on the last post, ladies. Unfortunately, threadspider, my kitchen isn't always this tidy! That was part of the problem, I had stuff just sitting around without a home. I have actually managed to keep it clean and tidy all week, though, a major accomplishment for me. ;0) It's easier to keep clean when I use everything that is in the kitchen... I've moved all the items that I don't use on a regular basis out into the shed. If, like so many of the other items now residing in the shed, they don't get used this year, they're going on eBay. Meanwhile, it's sure been nice coming home and making supper!!

Allie, I think you are right in saying we are preparing for winter, although winter down here is pretty nice! We spent this weekend moving furniture around to make the living area flow better. It hasn't been working very well for us and we had a display case that we wanted to bring in and use. I think we've come up with a solution, but only time will tell. Pictures when it's all together!

So, I finished block 3 this weekend...
Block 3 - seams done
Stitches used in this block include cretan, herringbone, french knot, slanted buttonhole, back stitch, straight stitch, laced back stitch, and half buttonhole wheel.

Here's a close-up of the cretan stitch from Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) ...
Cretan stitch 2
I've been wanting to use cretan stitch in this way, with 4 threads in progressively lighter colors, for some time. I love the way it looks and it's very easy, too.

I've decided that I'm going to start doing the beading at work during my lunch hour. The beading is slightly more portable for me, because I don't need to use a hoop. Doing this will enable me to keep doing seam treatments in the evenings and play with beads as a break from work. Sounds like a win-win solution to me!

Later, gators!

8 comments:

Allison Ann Aller said...

Lookin' gooooood!

verobirdie said...

I confirm, the cretan stitch with 4 fading threads looks great.

Elizabeth said...

Elegant!

Debra Spincic said...

Very pretty and even stitching! I love neat embroidery!

threadspider said...

Just love the geometric effect of the straight stitch in the centre.

Rian said...

Your stitching is just so doggone gorgeous!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Marty. your stitching is beautiful.

You have been tagged. MEME Thingy. Hugs Judy

Susan said...

This block 3 is just beautiful! I love all the stitches you chose and how it looks against the black.