Backstitching and stash
At home, I have gotten a couple of evenings to stitch while I watched DVD's with my DD. She keeps encouraging me to work on the backstitching so I can get Dogs of Duckport done, as she's picked out what she wants my next project to be, which will be for her. So...the faster the backstitch gets done the faster I start Flower Dragons for her. However, we still have not settled on what fabric she wants yet, as she wants an overdye not a solid color.
Dogs is now almost a third of the way done with the backstitching. I've started on the right side and will move across the picture. As much as I dislike doing backstitch, it really is making the piece pop and the dogs will be so much more distinctive now. I've made two small changes to the pattern already, the bottom flower farthest out on the right and the middle flower farthest out to the left were only designed as partial flowers, the outside edge cut off abruptly and had a straight line for a finish. This would work if it was matted right to the flower edge where the pattern stopped, but as I'm not sure how I want to finish it yet, I didn't want to have two flowers that were only half there just sitting. I tried to make them look like the other flowers that were totally done, and think they turned out ok. The other change I'm still thinking of making is the bottom portion of the fence on the right side. The pattern stops where it is shown now, but in looking at it, it seems the fence should continue down below the little dogs tail, it seems to stop mid air right now. It is this way both in the pattern and in the picture of the finished one, so it would seem to be correct, it just looks odd to me. So I'll be going back and filling in the fence color there so that the fence looks like it continues down below the dogs.
I got the last of my stash, so here is the the rest of what I got when I went to the stitching retreat a while back. Hmmm can you tell that I seem to be on a Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks trend at the moment? The material I didn't order at the retreat. I recently joined the fabric of the month club with Shakespeare's Peddler and this is the May fabric. It is 28 ct Navy Bean by Lakeside Linen. The timing was perfect, as it looks to go with quite a few of my new stash (as well as the Country Mocha fabric I got a bit ago) so I should have plenty to stitch away on for a while.
We went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie Friday night. While I really liked the movie over all, I would have done the ending a little differently. Oh well, for it being the third in a series, when generally the sequels start not doing so well, I was happy with it. It has finally stopped raining for a bit (it has been raining here off and on almost constantly since Thurs. night) so I'm off to run some errands. Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend and I'll be catching up with what you've all been doing on your blogs later today.