Monday, July 31, 2017

Change of Plans

I met with my Japanese Embroidery group on Saturday and was able to put in a few more beads in my phase 1 piece. I'm almost done with the light topaz. I have one flower and a few tiny petals along the edges left. I bought extra beads but I might not need them after all or at least not for the light topaz. I'm sure I will find some use for them :)

After my stitching session, I went by Michaels to pick up a set of pliers to finish my beaded sweet charm. I only need the round nosed pliers to finish it but I figured might as well get a good set as they come in handy. And look, I even finished the other kit!

These kits are pretty good. I had plenty of beads to finish the charm (extra beads were included in case you tend to drop a few like me), they even included an extra piece of metal with the mille-feuilles (the charm on the right) just in case the first one get's ruined. The instructions were very clear as well that I was able to complete them in no time.

Tiny pieces on Lemon Tart charm
Now the change of planes came on Sunday. Originally I planned to stitch the entire day and get some progress on Foxy. Instead, I was dragged out of the house the entire day because the weather was just too nice to stay indoors. By the time I got back I was very tired, but I was determined to do some stitching on World Embroidery day. This is an excellent time if any to introduce the whitework project that I started in secret.

This piece is from the Italian magazine Giuliana Ricama that I reviewed back in March. It took a while, but I was finally able to get my hands on the Graziano linen. I will talk more about the linen in a later post once I've finished the piece.

I was surprised by how small the runner is. The linen is about 27.5 by 11 inches. Not as big as what the picture shows. I've been at it since the beginning of July and finished all the cutwork a few weeks ago. I'm stitching the last border going around, but I still have quite a way to go before the pulled thread portion is finished. After that there's some satin stitching and the embroidery of the flower that goes in the center.

So Foxy got sidelined again :( I'm determined to finish him before the end of August as I can't start my next goldwork project until he's done. If it means stitching a few cutwork pieces a day to get it done I will.


  1. Love your new piece. Glad you were able to get outdoors.

  2. Your beading is beautiful! I love your designs, and they have finished up very nicely.
    Your table runner looks amazing! It certainly looks like you've put a lot of work into it already.

  3. It looks lovely, but I suspect it is so intricate you won't want anything bigger!

  4. Your projects are all so amazing. Enjoying the journey with you.

  5. The beading project looks fantastic. I can't imagine the amount of time it must take to attach those beads. Your table runner looks so beautiful and fragile. You do amazing work. Thanks for letting me join your journey. --Andrea

  6. Ooh, white work is something I would like to try. Look forward to seeing how it turns out.

  7. Your beading charms are pretty! Love the whitework piece too and would like to know where we can get the linen.

  8. Love your drawn thread runner, especially the stitch you used for the middle border.

  9. Your beading looks wonderful. I adore the tiny little cake forks! What a sweet addition.