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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Toy Chest Etui: Chest sides

After the needlebook, I went to the other end of the piece of linen on my frame and began on the Toy Chest itself.

I began with the framing stitches, which are over two threads. The rest is over one thread.

I like the touch of the shadow at the bottom.



The second side, with its tiny alphabet, was not quite as hard as I imagined. It was very handy while doing the ribbon and border work on the first side to be able to use up thread still in my needle on a letter or two!

The thread is lovely. The variegation sometimes creates a slightly uneven look in infill, such as the hearts. It's very effective, however in the shadow.


I was worried that I'd baulk at so much petit-point stitching. It is demanding on the eyes even (especially?) with a magnifier. It takes my eyes an hour or so to adjust after I have worked on this for a length of time. However, I find myself addicted - wanting to get back to it when away from it, and soothing myself to sleep thinking about the next section.

5 comments:

Monica said...

It is looking really great, Jillian! You know that I always find counted stitch work relaxing, so I am not surprised that you are enjoying it too.

How wonderful that you are able to finish off your thread from one section on another! That is a clear advantage of framing them all up at once. Happy stitching!

margaret said...

this is coming along so well Jillian, I can see what you mean about a strain on the eyes, thankful for manifying glasses they are such a help.

Jillian said...

Thanks girls.
I'm really glad I framed up the whole piece of fabric, Monica. As well as the economy of using up the leftover thread, it's very cheering to come to a new piece and find a little bit done. Also, the piece is going to look fantastic when I finish,take it off the frame and photograph it before cutting it up.

Margaret, the magnifying glasses have been the difference between being able to stitch it or not. I too, am very grateful for them.

katherine said...

it does look fantastic jillian.

Jillian said...

Thanks, Katherine.