This photo will stay – edited post

I decided to not remove all of the photos, just the two detail images. You can still click on this image to see a larger image

I used garment-weight burgandy wool to embroider this. I will not finish it, someone else will “finish” the covers, which entails adding a lining and adding galoon to the edges, and a fringe to the end of each “petal” of the covers.

I’ve been asked how I stitched the vines and the cross. For the vines I used two rows of stitching, the first row was in stem stitch; the second row was in a complimentary shade of gold and in split stitch. The cross was stitched in several shades of gold and Long and Short stitch was used.


Ok, maybe NEXT week

The pictures are coming, but my friends with the digital camera hasn’t had time to actually download the pictures to their computer yet. Some excuse about school starting (we are talking about someone who works as a university librarian), I think I will accept that excuse 🙂

So what am I working on know? Not much, at least for a few weeks. I am also trying to start up a side-business in indexing – as in writing back-of-the-book indexes (which are often created by free-lance professionals) to go along with my day job, and my rather busy parish life, and then there is the needlework. Whewww, makes me tired looking at that sentence!

Hope all is going well with everyone. In Central Indiana the end of August seems to be going out calm and relatively cool. I cannot complain about that!

Is it possible?

Is it actually possible that I just might be posing pics of my newly completed chalice covers sometime this week? It IS! Well, assuming that she who took the pics with her digital camera actually gets around to emailing me the pics this week. We will see, her pictures are far better than mine, so I hope the subject matter will be worth her skills.

This has been such a nice August in Central Indiana! Unlike most of the mainland US, our summer has actually been at least average in the heat department, and parts of it below average. Sure we have had a rough week or two here and there, but over all we can’t complain.

Now this embroidery project is complete, I will actually have to set aside needle and thread for some time and focus on my second business (back-of-the-book indexing). If I have any hopes of making this work for me, I have to start spending significant time in doing it – as well as in marketing efforts. There is a sampler that I would like to complete by Christmas, and I will be taking several Group Correspondance Courses through my EGA chapter, but most of my time will need to be taken up with indexing. That will be interesting.

I am still looking for good Orthodox needlwork sites, or good embroidery sites in general – especially surface embroidery. So don’t be shy and send them to me 🙂

Time for a break in the Stitching Garden…

Twilight has not returned to the Stitching Garden… but a bit of break has arrived. I am very busy right now with a whole list of things, and I hardly can find time to do needlework – let alone post about it.

I will be back when there is news about new or completed projects 🙂 It just seemed fair to let those know who have been reading lately (and sending me such nice private notes), that you probably don’t need to check this blog very often right now.

For the Orthodox, I hope your Dormition Fast is going well, and I wish a good late summer for everyone!