It's hard to believe it's November already. This year really has flown by...
Topic of the month: What are your favorite and least favorite materials to use in your stitching?
Wow, an easy question this time! For favorite materials, I really enjoy using silks in my stitching - they come in beautiful colors and feel very nice in my hands as I work. Fabricwise, I prefer evenweaves. Lugana in particular.
Least favorite is Aida, hands down. Almost all of what I have is very stiff, and just not pleasant to stitch on. Before I discovered linens and evenweaves, I used it all the time, but after discovering the better fabrics, I really have a difficult time using it anymore. Now, there may be softer aidas out there, but I've never worked on them. Also in the least-favorite category is Permin linen. I find it very stiff and the weave is too open. To each their own, though.
On to the updates!
Project: Fantasy Triptych
Designer: Teresa Wentzler
Fabric: 32ct Lugana - Silkweaver "Blue Dynasty"
Total hours to date: 48
Progress since last update: An additional 18 hours on the maiden panel. Maiden and unicorn have primary stitching done (except for her face), and greenery started.
Notes: After I decided to wait on the confetti stitching and go to the discrete figures, I started to get into the groove on this piece. So much so that I've continued to work on it into November, and will likely keep working on it until Advent. The greenery isn't so daunting anymore.
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Designer: Ink Circles
Fabric: 36ct Birds of a Feather "Barn Owl" linen
Total hours to date: not tracked
Progress since last update: Finished second motif and started third.
Notes: This is my gaming and waiting project. I've done much of this while waiting to pick my daughter up from school in the afternoon - a few stitches here and there add up quickly.
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In non-stitching news, I started a new 101Things list at the beginning of this month. This is Round 4. There are a few items that have been there since the first list that keep getting carried over that I likely won't get to because of time and/or space constraints, but I leave them there so they don't get entirely forgotten.
We're also about to start another home renovation project. Several areas of the house (the living room, dining room, and two of the bedrooms) will be refloored. We'll replace the 20-year-old carpet with wood-look porcelain tile. I'm looking forward to the new floor, but perhaps less so to having to box up 4 rooms in the next few weeks. But, I do seem to be motivated by deadlines, and much of this is way overdue. It's also #1 on my new 101Things list.
A few months ago, I signed up for a challenge at Curves to do 30 workouts in 60 days. Another one has just started, and since I did so well at the previous challenge, I decided to do it again.
Just remember - no matter how bad your November may get, at least you're not a turkey!