I had a sudden sinking feeling a couple of days ago when I realized that my two-year anniversary is less than three months away, and I have barely put a dent in Tesori. So, in order to finish it in time to give it to Eric, I figured out that I need to stitch two blocks a week. Since this week was almost over by the time I had my revelation, I decided that this week’s task would be to finish the block I’d started a few months ago. Yesterday I finished up the Lazio region block.
Here’s the whole thing, so far. I used the gold metallic this time for the strings on the lyre. It is hard to see in the photos, but previously I outlined the some of the hearts in Veneto, and outlined the anchor in Liguria. I’ve made a small start on the border for my next block. It’s the border mainly that takes so much time to stitch. We’ll see how I do on my two blocks for next week!
Since the Lazio region includes Rome, I thought I would illustrate some of the motifs for this block with photos Eric took on our honeymoon. (We’ll get back to New York photos next time).
This is the She-Wolf of Rome.
So glad to be making some progress on this. I really hope I can get it finished in time. The blocks are about 60 x 92 stitches, if that gives you any idea. When I get a good amount of uninterrupted time, I seem to make good progress.
Ok, and I promised I would answer some questions in this post from the comments…
Someone mentioned I should read Anne Rice’s books now that I have finished with Dracula. I have read most of Anne Rice’s books, and have met her several times. In fact, she and I had a conversation about Antonio Banderas the last time I met her. LOL! I think Blackwood Farm is the next one I need to read (I’m a little behind).
I have been unable to get back to stitching on my Mermaids of the Deep Blue (sorry, Anna!), but I was asked what fabric I am stitching it on. I chose 32ct Ocean Waves Belfast by Stitches and Spice, which is the same fabric Carol used for hers, I think. I hope mine turns out as lovely as hers.
Several people asked about how to make the needleminders and the beaded ruffle that I do. I would love to share the instructions, however, they were provided as part of a kit from Elegant Stitch, so I really can’t. The instructions came with my Essie’s Friends piece “Flower of Courage”. I don’t think you can get the kit anymore. I use metal forms to make my needleminders, and the instructions for using the forms are included in the package. The larger metal forms would be great for pinkeeps or ornaments too – you should check them out.
I think that may be all of the questions, but if I missed any, please feel free to leave another comment. I am still woefully behind on reading blogs, but I am trying to get a few in everyday. Sorry about that! I appreciate all of you that still come to visit me though.
And for a bit of enabling – check out the newest thread packs that Country Cottage Needleworks is offering – you can stitch them all together like this…
I have my book club tonight (gotta go finish that book)!
I am grateful for making progress on Tesori!