Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Another one's done

I have some progress this week, although it really doesn't look like much. First up is the Doubleflips. I finished up Listen, so now it's onto Learn. I'm doing this in hand, so the sides are a bit wrinkly, however, since I was just going to wrinkle them up again, and I was a bit short on time, I didn't bother to iron it for its update.

I'm still playing with my new camera, and overall love the pictures. However, getting the right lighting to keep the colors true is still a bit of a challenge. The Doubleflips are done on 28 ct Lambswool, which is actually more tan than this, and the Little Boy Blue cashel on the below Joyful Summer is actually a paler blue. The earlier postings are more true in color. No idea why when I put them right next to each other to take the pictures one went lighter in color and the other darker, I'd have thought they would have each gone the same way.

My next one is Joyful Summer, and I got the large flower motif done. This is an easy and fun stitch, but it does have a bit of a challenge in that it has french knots in quite a few places and French knots are not my strong point. So far they've been the birds eyes and the center of the flower, and they don't look to bad I think, so fingers crossed the rest go smoothly.


  • At 11:03 AM , Blogger Itching To Stitch said...

    Both pieces look awesome. The colors are very "summery" ;)

  • At 11:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I absolutely LOVE the colors in that JOY piece. You could always substitute beads for the french knots.

  • At 4:57 PM , Blogger Crazee4books said...

    Hi Sue,

    Ah, the dreaded (by most) french
    knot. I'm thinking if I stitch
    this design I might use beads
    instead of those nasty knots.

    But your Lizzie Kate design is
    looking fantastic, and Joyful
    Summer is lovely. The blue
    flower shows the variegation of
    the thread really nicely.

    Getting use to a new camera can
    be a challenge. So many little
    buttons, and dials and settings.
    And those instruction booklets
    are not much help. At least
    your pictures are nice and clear.
    No blurry edges.

    So how are your menagerie doing
    these days???


  • At 5:14 PM , Blogger Kathryn said...

    Ah, cameras and color! First you have to realize that every light source has a color. Sunlight IS more golden; tungsten light is much more blue and so is bright shade. Then you have to realize that the camera is trying to "help" you by "averaging" every color you see, with a high bias towards people's faces; so blues, greens and reds will be skewed because the camera thinks it is taking pictures of faces every time. Your camera may be a more unbiased color basis in the "closeup" or "flower" setting. The last bit of color correction comes from your computer. Every computer screen has a different color bias (known as the gamma), so your camera makes the blue look deeper and printing the picture makes it look lighter, your computer screen makes it look greener, but another screen can make it look bluer. I spend 15 - 20 minutes per picture trying to adjust the color (if I don't up the color saturation, blogger makes the colors look washed out), but I know it may look very different on another screen. All you can do is take the best picture you can. You still have to real life stitching in front of you.

  • At 5:22 PM , Blogger Mylene said...

    Both your WIP's are coming along great.

  • At 8:19 PM , Blogger tkdchick said...

    Your double flips are coming along nicely!

    Joyful summer is just so colourful! Tat must be so fun!

  • At 8:49 PM , Blogger Meari said...

    Both your WIPs look great!

  • At 9:23 PM , Blogger SewAmy said...

    this is beautiful.

  • At 9:35 PM , Blogger Stitchingranny said...

    Both designs are lovely colourful and cheerful looking ones and you are making excellent progress.

  • At 11:53 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

    You've made great progress! And I am so "with" you on the color thing when it comes to taking pictures of WIPs. I drive myself crazy trying to find that perfect setting that will actually take a picture that looks like what my eyes see....

  • At 1:06 PM , Blogger Milly~ said...

    Great progress on your WIPs Sue. I'm doing the LK's too but I'm still stuck on LOVE...LOL!

  • At 3:06 PM , Blogger Michele said...

    woo hoo! your wips are coming along better than mine are, of the same two designs!lol

    I'm leaving allthe french knots until the end .. but they are something I do enjoy making .. weird aren't I! lol

    I really like Dee's suggestion about using beads instead .. that would be fun :)

  • At 5:22 PM , Blogger Dawn B. said...

    Wow Both are looking great. I really love the little birdie one. It's summery I guess is why.

  • At 5:30 PM , Blogger claudia said...

    Your stiching is looking better and better everytime you show them! I am still really "taken" by Joyful Summer. The colors are fabulous!
    The Doubleflips actually look like fun, it seems as though the stitching would fly by...domething I need to keep in mind when I get back into stitching...pick the quick stitches!

  • At 9:43 PM , Blogger Lucy said...

    Beautiful job so far on Joyful Summer!!!

  • At 6:02 AM , Blogger Sally said...

    Both of these pieces are gorgeous. I love the colours in both of them but the colours in Joyful Summer are just so pretty.

  • At 9:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great progrss on both pieces. I like the fabric you are using on Joyful Summer. So soft and pretty.
    Can't wait to see the next progress photo.

  • At 1:48 PM , Blogger Lilang said...


    Very much like your works!

    Lilang From Hungary

  • At 2:57 PM , Blogger Pumpkin said...

    You're doing lovely work on both pieces Sue! You should be pleased with your French Knots because they look good to me :o)

  • At 10:51 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    nice and nice!!! I esp like that joy one. It does evoke joy, doesn't it?

  • At 2:25 PM , Blogger Lelia said...

    both of these are just GREAT! Thx for sharing your projects : )

  • At 8:23 AM , Blogger Kathy A. said...

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. I was away and am just now catching up on blogs so I am reading yours What beautiful stitching you have done.I love your double flips. I recently purchased the Christmas flips and am looking forward to them.Your Joyful Summer is beautiful as well. Hang in there - one day French knows will be second nature. I wish I had known you were the holder of the travelling pattern. I love the colors you chose. Oh well, will keep track of it so I can throw my name in the hat next time.

  • At 11:24 AM , Blogger Redwitch said...

    Both look really great and cute and colourful :)

    I'm not keen on french knots either, but yours look just fine!

    I also do battle with my camera so I'm interested to see any tips you get too :)


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