Monday, May 09, 2011

That's How I Roll

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A momentous occasion last week...I was far enough along on ATS that I was able to roll the fabric. It's coming along (slower than I'd like, but still coming along). It's amazing how long it takes to stitch all those scattered little motifs, but at least each one feels like a small victory. And they are fun. I love that blue butterfly and the red tulip. And wow - all the birds! I am very very close to being ready to start on the tree, Adam & Eve and the angel (aka "the good parts"). I love how colorful this piece is and it makes me happy to discover each new motif and pull out new threads. I'd been asked in the comments what fabric I'm stitching this on...it's 40ct Elegant Bean (from Elegant Stitch). It's a great neutral fabric and the colors really pop on it. I am stitching with the charted GAST threads. But, I'm moving along toward the bottom of page 1 and loving every minute of it.


My current travel project is Emily's Sewing Roll from the Stacy Nash workshop I took in March. This one is a good piece to take to guild because I can talk and stitch at the same time. Plus, it's not very big, so that makes it an ideal travel project too. Although, what does not make it an ideal travel project is that inevitably someone says "you're not done with that yet?". Ha ha...no I'm not. Would you buy the excuse that I'm savoring it? You've seen me eat chocolate, so youknow I don't savor anything, huh? Yeah, ok...so I'm not done with it yet. But, it's a sweet little piece, no?


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I have also been stitching on Dorothy's Garden. And may I remind you that it's all over one? On 32 count? Yeah...so what if I can't finish a Stacy Nash piece. Look at this...


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I've been building that dreaded house. And it's looking pretty good, I might add. Once I get all that grey outlining done, I'll still have to fill it in with white. I figure I'll work along on the house until I get bored and then I can stitch on the border a bit to break up all the grey and white.


And I've spent the past couple of weekends learning Lightroom, and I think it's going to be great for photo editing, exporting, cataloging, etc. Eric's been very patient teaching me and I'm really looking forward to learning more of the functionality. So far, I like it a lot better than Photoshop. So now not only am I learning how to shoot in manual modes, but I'm also learning how to do my editing in completely different software - my brain is full!


I've also been reading quite a bit. I read Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light, Pioneer Woman's Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, and Edmund de Waal's The Hare with the Amber Eyes. I'll be posting up reviews of all of these on the other blog soon, if you're interested.


Ok, that's it for me today. I'm hoping to get back to working on my AOTH soon - I've been so inspired by both Katrina's and Siobhan's finishes on theirs. I can't wait to work on mine again! Until next time!


I am grateful for a husband who understands.

33 comments:

Dianne said...

Great stitching! My mom stiched ATS in 3 months...CRAZY! Yours looks lovely, and I think that tulip is my favorite too!

Kathy A. said...

Wow, you have some amazing stitching going on there. Lovely to look at.

Margaret said...

All of your stitching is wonderful! Love how ATS looks. Dorothy is stunning, you know. Over one looks so amazing!

KarenV said...

Great progress on your WIPs Michelle!

Catherine said...

Beautiful stitches!! I'm lovin' the ATS piece!

Anna van Schurman said...

I'm still in love with Dorothy. But if I ever do it, it's gonna be over two!

Melody said...

Beautiful progress on your stitching. My husband is also learning lightroom and learning the functions of his new camera. I am not. ha. I am sticking to the point and shoot for now.

Hazel said...

Gorgeous wips. I love your ATS and that is a cute little piece too. Alll are beautiful. Love them. x

Tracy J said...

Both are so pretty and the over 1 piece is so delicate.

staci said...

All of your projects and stitching are beautiful! That over-1 sampler just amazes me.

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching!! I am just reading Dianne's comment about her mom stitching ATS in 3 months. Oh my gosh!! Phew. Everything is gorgeous, though I still question your sanity with the whole over one thing. ;) It's going to be a masterpiece when it's finished, though!

Good for you on the Lightroom stuff! I would love to learn how to do more things with photography. I'm interested to hear what you think of the books, too. I will keep an eye on your other blog!

Deb said...

They all look wonderful Michelle. I'm glad that you finally got to roll the scroll on ATS. That is always a fun moment!!

Sylvia said...

Yay, your ATS looks so wonderful, as does Dorothy!! The Stacy Nash roll is sweet, and have you noticed that sometimes the small things take so long! LOL

I am so excited for you that you got to roll that fabric. Its like a mile stone when you are stitching.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Beautiful projects! ATS is such a fun stitch - I really did enjoy every minute (well almost) of that one, too. The colors are so fun. Love your over one project. I know over one on 32 is tough but the look is amazing! Great travel project you've got going too, Michele.

valerie said...

Beautiful stitching! Must feel gret to be at the "roll" point in ATS. It's really growing! Love Dorothy...she is so pretty!

I won't be going to DFW this month...too much family drama :::covers ears"lalalalala"::: :)

Glenna said...

You bad girl--what a terrible pun--that's how I roll. I love all the projects, and particularly (especially since I have a love-hate going with Dorothy myself), I'm loving your photography. So clear, so detailed.

Terri said...

ATS is wonderful, but I really love Dorothy's Garden! I'm in awe that you're stitching it over 1 on 32ct :) You go girl!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I love all your WIPs Michelle, but your Dorothy is really a gorgeous piece. Well worth all the over one stitching effort.

Nancy said...

Stunning projects, and your stitching is so beautiful! I love how colorful ATS and Dorothy's Garden are.

mdgtjulie said...

I like the little blue butterfly too. It's my fave motif. And grats to you on your progress on the travel piece, even if it is slow. Progress is progress, right? I'm really liking the house for Dot's Garden. Keep up the good work. I bet the colors are gonna be stunning from what I can see already. And good for you, learning new skills. You never know when they'll come in handy.

The Scarlett House said...

I understand about the joy in the little accomplishments of a sampler. ATS is coming along beautifully, as are the others. I am both happy for you and envious that you have your own private photographer teaching you all the tricks. When we finally do get the girls all together...you can teach THAT workshop.

Nicole said...

Beautiful stitching Michelle! You are really getting a lot stitched on ATS!! It's looking great! :)

Giovanna said...

Gorgeous WIPs! Especially the over-1, it's so elegant.

Katrina said...

Gorgeous pieces!!!!! Love, love, love ATS :-). And Dorothy and Stacy are both so pretty too.

Pointed Stitcher said...

ATS looks super and you're right the colors really pop on that fabric.

Sally said...

Your ATS looks fantastic Michelle. Looking forward to seeinf more of more. Love Dorothy and your Stacy Nash piece too.

Natalia said...

Michelle, I love ATS !! You are right, it is so colorful... I have mine all ready to go, but I have so many things going and so little time :-( I can't wait to see more of your progress and be inspired to start mine.

Casa Pearl said...

Wonderful progress pics. I so love the colors in ATS and congrats on being able to roll!

Berit said...

Looking so good! Hey, Stacy Nashes are MEANT to be savored. :D

Littlebit said...

Omg, Michelle, that ATS is stunning! It does seem like it takes forever to do so many little motifs, but in the end, it's all so worth it...she said as she struggles with Ann Grimshaw that has all big motifs. lol!

Lisa said...

ATS is looking gorgeous, you're right about the colours and the fabric choice, perfect.
Travel projects always seem to take a long time as they don't get worked on as much as others unless you commute often do they.
Dorothy's Garden looks great, over 1 on 32ct, wow.

Gabi said...

Your stitching is simply amazing. Fell totally in love with Dorothys Garden. What a beauty. But all your Wips look gorgeous.

Dona said...

Yay for rolling the scroll! It's very pretty and I like the set of motifs shown in the picture.

Dorothy looks so delicate with the over one stitching.