Today's featured WIP is Wheels of Color, designed by the late Genny Morrow.
Technique/Materials: Counted canvas, with lots of canvaswork stitches (each wheel is a different stitch) on 18ct mono canvas using a mix of DMC and Anchor cotton floss.
Background: I started Wheels one week prior to beginning a master's degree program in December 2004, thinking that if I could stitch one wheel per week, I'd finish within a year. (Uh-huh. Apparently, the prospect of starting a master's degree program rendered me temporarily stupid.)
Anyway, I really do like this piece, and I decided to stitch the gray background such that it is lightest near the darkest rings, and darkest near the lightest rings (rather than a solid light gray as shown on this website). The instruction book has a version of this, but has the octagon areas of background moving from dark to light opposite the little squares of background, which change values with the surrounding circles. My version will have the octagon and square background areas changing in the same direction. (Wow, that's hard to describe! I know what I'm talking about, and I'm still confused. Let me know if I need to rewrite that.)
Why it's not done: Did I mention a master's degree program? Yeah, right! Keeping up with this piece went out the window very quickly. After the degree, I started having flare-ups with nerve problems, exacerbated by using a laying tool. This is still a slight problem, which is why I'm working on it only a little bit each day now.
What's left to do: It's only about half-done now. It will eventually be a rectangle, and then there's a border to add.