Friday, January 04, 2008

End of the holiday

So today is my last day of holiday from work, just the weekend to go then back to work on Monday. I've had a pretty good 2 weeks with a lovely few days up in Scotland and all the excitement of Christmas - it all seems so long ago already!

I'm almost looking forward to going back to work, mainly beacuse I'll have a better chance to catch up with everyone else's blogs and news! However, holidays always make me doubt I've got my work/life balance right as I love having the time to spend with my son. I've also been surprised how much stitching and other stuff I've had time for, but it'll have to take a back seat again from next week. It does make me start to look forward to maternity leave which I'll probably start during March.

Over the holiday, I completely restarted Paradigm Lost for the Snowbird's SAL. I originally started it in November but lost the inclination fairly quickly. Just before Christmas, I wondered if I changed my floss colour, would I feel more like stitching on it?

Well, my plan worked! I've made fantastic progress and I'm really pleased with it.


I'm now stitching it using Dinky Dyes floss in Aussie Jewels, the colours vary from blue through purple and pink to green and I love them. I'm also adding some Mill Hill beads (40374) attached with DMC floss colour 154. I originally started adding the beads using white thread (to match the fabric) but they just didn't stand out the way I wanted so I switched to the purple and am much happier with the effect.


I think my previous floss colour (a DMC varigated floss) was just too much of a compromise between colour and cost and am so much happier with what I'm doing now.

Here's also a photo of the strawberry I stitched and sent to Cheryl for Christmas.


Late in the autumn, I took a fancy to stitch a strawberry, but was so disappointed not to be able to find my JCS 2006 magazine with the pattern I wanted. Cheryl very kindly sent me a copy of the chart to get me started. At the end of November I thankfully found the magazine.

17 comments:

Cindy said...

Your Paradigm Lost is looking fabulous...and the beads really add a lot to it. Very stunning!!

Itching To Stitch said...

Lesley ~ Your PL is just gorgeous. I hadn't seen anyone add beads before, and it really adds to the piece. Nice stitching! ;)

Vonna said...

Your strawberry is just gorgeous...and I LOVE the re-start on PL...how do you take such lovely upclose pictures...is it a certain setting on your camera? Mine always STINK!

Carol said...

Adding beads to PL was a great touch!

Sally said...

Wow your PL looks fantastic! I love the thread and those beads are just gorgeous!

The strawberry is beautiful. I want to have a go at one but the finishing looks really complicated!

Monkee Maker said...

Wow, your stitching is SO neat! Your eyesight must be very good and your fingers very steady!

Thanks so much for that monkey link .... so funny!

Talking of which, your monkee looked very fetching in his Santa hat!

Good luck back at work on Monday ....

:)

Carla said...

Loooove the changes you've made on PL...the bead are really a nice touch!

Cheryl said...

I love my strawberry and have it proudly on display! I have no idea how you did the finishing on it though! I will not be attempting it anyway ;)
I think your PL is the nicest i have seen. The beads are gorgeous. Does it take ages to do though?
You take such lovely photos too - i see Vonna has already asked you about that! Im intrigued too

Karoline said...

Your PL and the strawberry are looking lovely

Barbara said...

OMG, your re-start on PL is totally drool-worthy! Those colors are amazing!

zoomcity said...

Your color choices for Paradigm Lost are gorgeous! That's going to be beautiful. I love the beads.

Sweet Pea said...

PL looks fantastic! I love the addition of the beads - they really stand out and personalize the piece.

Andrea said...

Love the re-start on PL. The beads add a lovely touch.

monique said...

Yes, I like Paradigm! Sometimes it's best just to restart :)

Lovely strawberry... I like the colors you used!

Wanda said...

what a lovely strawberry I think that is the cutest design, you did a lovely job with finishing! PL is looking fab very nice!

Mary said...

Your PL is wonderful! I love the colors and the beads--just the perfect addition.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Love the look of your Paradigm...and what a darling strawberry for Cheryl! You did make some stitching time at home work for you! LOL