Here we are at the first Tuesday in July and I have two TNT projects to share!! WooHoo - living dangerously, aren't I?
First up is the start on my Pomegranate Bird sampler by Heartstring Samplery. I'm working on 40 count Patina Linen and using one thread over two threads of linen, so 20 stitches to the inch. The threads are hand dyed cotton - both Weeks Dye Works and Crescent Colors.
Here is a picture of the full design:
The 40 count is almost enough to do my eyes in, but I love the way it looks. I'm curious (and hopeful) if this will be easier after my cataract surgery! As you can see, I started this design in the center. I can't remember the last time I did that - I almost always start in the upper left hand corner. But, the very upper left of this design is kind of blank, and though I would usually count over to start where the design does, on the 40 count it was easier to just start in the center. The center of the urn still needs to be filled in, but I didn't feel like stitching with brown thread. The colors in the flower are called: Whiskey, Brandy, Pomegranate and Toasted Marshmallow. Kind of like naming yarns! I want that job.
Design #2 is Coverlet Birds by The Scarlet House:
And my start on this:
The fabric is 32 count and I am using Ginny Thompson Flower Thread which is very, very old stash. I don't believe this thread is manufactured any more. I like the way it looks (no sheen to it at all), but the thread is thicker than what I normally use and a bit on the coarse side. But...the design is small. When finished, this will be/should be small enough to make into a little pincushion.
Years ago Fletch and I stopped in Bedford on our way home after visiting Colin in Pittsburgh. The National Museum of the American Coverlet is located in Beford. For all you Western PA folks, if you have not visited this museum, I highly recommend doing so. It is fascinating.
Two birds on two different samplers! I do have a thing for birds - lol.
July 4th also means it is time to harvest the garlic and Fletch did so yesterday. We (really he) managed to get a fairly good haul. Fletch has separated it into small, medium, large and giant heads.
I'm looking forward to using this on home made pizza - simply the best! First it will be hung on the patio to dry a bit.
After a little bit of a cooler weekend, the heat is back. Yesterday was very warm and today promises more of the same. I'll get to the office early and get done what I need to and then head home. I'd like to just relax this afternoon and stitch and knit some. Hoping that work will not interfere with that - haha. First, though, it is time for a second cup of coffee and I need to wake up a bit more before getting behind the wheel.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!