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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Finding time to stitch

On Thursday evening, with Erin sleeping and me awake, I finally, with encouragement from DH, found a couple of hours to stitch! Of course, what did I do, after finishing three projects in the hospital? I started something new!

Shining Needle Society started a new online class with Judy Souliotis as of February 1. Judy's Floral Rondel was designed to be stitched on a Japanese silk fabric called Sha. Since I'm always eager to learn about new (to me) techniques and materials, I chose to use this fabric instead of the alternative, congress cloth. Sha is a 30 count fabric with a weave similar to interlock canvas. It's got much more give than canvas though, and it's less airy (thicker threads) than silk gauze. The kit comes with silk and metallic threads, and I've got my Sha mounted on Evertite stretcher bars so I can keep it taut.

So far, so good. This fabric is so soft compared to regular canvas, so the silk threads barely get any wear as they're being stitched. The result is a beautiful shine.

The first lesson, which came out February 1, includes all of this lower left flower. I hope to finish it up this weekend so I can begin lesson 2, which just showed up in my email.

Erin says hi to all of those folks who commented with warm welcomes! She's up to 5lb, 2 oz already, and likes to sleep for long periods during the day in exchange for frequent feedings at night. Somehow we've got to switch that around! :-)


Elmsley Rose said...

I'm glad to see that you have a little time (and strength!) to stitch!


Cyn said...

Hi Jeanne,

Glad to hear that you and Erin are doing well and that she is sleeping at least for a while between feedings. It's always fun until you help them get their days and nights straightened out! :-)

Dear daughter was 6lb 4oz at birth and dropped down to 5lb 13oz when she left the hospital. It took about 6 weeks for her to sleep at least 4 hours at a stretch. :-)

Enjoy each and every day as they grow up so fast!!!

Enjoyed seeing your progress on "Floral Rondal".

Windy Meadow

Doris said...

oh,i remember this kind of night!,in thats day i was like a zombi.

your embroidery is beutiful!

Katrina said...

Woohoo, it's great that you are finding a bit of stitching time.

Glad baby Erin is doing well and gaining weight :-).

Karoline said...

Lovely new start, glad to hear Erin is doing well

coral-seas said...

I am way behind on my RSS feeds so only just read your wonderful news. Welcome, Erin and I am pleased to read that you are home. Congratulations, Mum and Dad, you have a beautiful daughter. I wish you all much happiness.

Thank you for visiting my blog, Jeanne. I will answer your question later, when I have double checked my notes to make certain I tell you correctly.


NCPat said...

Glad you are both doing well! This piece is going to be gorgeous!

Beth in IL said...

It is always fun to start a new project. You do beautiful work.

Anonymous said...

I am french and I have sent this message about treillis stitch to my friend Elizabeth (Quieter moments) perhaps you can read it and answer about the flet flower. I think that I am not gifted in american and so I have missed something.
Before I do treillis stitch (the word treillis is french ) but my flower is not stuffed like yours
and the bad idea was to embroider it with variegated thread: the spiral effect is not so apparent:
for Elizabeth,

I have not scan in my daughter's; so it's impossible to send the flower tried in treillis stitch; but now, I have understood the spiral effect,it's all right! But the flower is flatter than on the photos of just string blog. However, I have found something useful when we change the thread, I go in the hole of the flower and bring the thread very near of the edge of my chain sttich; it's better to put it there and not in the center.

I don't know if I write clearly, but I should want to write you for avoiding you me long explanations.

Warm regards, dear Elizabeth



Milly~ said...

Nice work! Motherhood takes a bit of adjusting and before you know it Erin will have a routine going.

Kathy A. said...

Wow you have found time to stitch. You go girl! so glad that Erin is doing well. I am sure each day is a joy.

Edy said...

Hope you get another minute or two to update us all.
Love to Erin.