Monday, October 12, 2009

Blogtober 12 - PADD (Project Attention Deficit Disorder)

I appreciate all the nice comments about my one year blogaversary! If you haven't yet, go here to leave a comment to be entered in the celebratory give-away!

This is a project that I finished up this weekend. The pattern is from Andrea Zuill at Badbird I really like her designs, kind of quirky and very fun. She offers lots of free embroidery patterns and has an Etsy shop full of goodies.

















I used an "Aunt Martha's" towel and some vintage variegated floss. I used two strands, because I only had one skein of the floss and I wanted to be sure I had enough to finish. The stripes on the towel don't quite match the reds in the floss, but they are closer than the photo appears.

















I tried to make it symmetrical (mostly) which required a bit more planning with the variegated floss, but I like how it turned out.

I realized when I was gathering up projects to take with me to California last weekend that I had a lot of things started! I had three dishcloths started - two were the same color - and one nylon scrubbie (finished on the road). I was working on this project and the bib project, and three different onesies!

And, I have three new books of projects that I am itching to start on for some holiday gifts (no details on those, natch!)

It helps when I go back through my photos to see that I have gotten some things finished, because it sure seems like I have a lot of irons in the fire, and not much to show!

I have seen some lovely photos posted in the last few days as folks are enjoying the fall weather. Dearest Sister had snow today. I hung some laundry in the back yard and just brought in the last of it. Without wearing shoes. (Not to gloat, you understand, but this time of year is really lovely in the desert!)

7 comments:

Iron Needles said...

Very lovely. And hmmmm...just the red I think to go in my kitchen...

Gaynell said...

After you commented about the "Last of the 3 digit temps" a very short time ago, I believe you are entitled to some weather nice-ness.

I really like that embroidery design. Reminds me of something...cannot put my finger on it. Oh, well. Anyway,I like it!

Lynne said...

Nicely done! How clever using variegated floss. It came out very close; how impressive!

I took at look at her patterns and they are really cute. Might have to learn the transfer process ...

Allie said...

That is DARLING - I love it with the variegated floss! I only use two strands for all my stitcheries.

And Jan....I think you're gloating....lol!

Martha said...

Very cute -- love the variegated! That must be tricky to make the shading come out symmetrical, but you did a really nice job of it.

jan said...

IN, perhaps I will bring it to your house to see if it matches...

G - I appreciate the generosity, since it turns out that my 'not gloating' caused bad karma and cloudy, blustery weather today!

Lynne - I usually make a transfer with tracing paper and transfer pen. I can see the design better in bright pink!

Allie - I usually use two strands, but I was thinking that this weight towel could have stood up to more. As it turned out, I had about half the skein left over, so I probably could have used more.

Martha, it really wasn't too tricky. After I separated the threads, I just had to remember to start with the same end on the opposite side of the design.

Kate said...

Hi, Jan;
This needle point jazz is inspiring me and so is Iron's comment. I'd love to find, and then frame, some smaller pieces for my kitchen. Beautiful artwork. :)