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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hungarian Point update

I have not posted for a couple of weeks. While I continued stitching on my recent visit to friends and family in Sydney, I wasn't in a position to post and I've had a backlog of other things to do since I returned. Usually I have a couple of posts in reserve for such situations, but have run my reserve out!

I had intended to finish the Hungarian Point work while away. I didn't want to take the many skeins of stranded thread I might need as I figured it would end up tangled. I therefore devised a little aid. I chose the graduated colour threads I thought I might use, cut a 40cm length of each and threaded them into a spare piece of linen that Gay Sanderson had kindly given me in class.

This worked really well - I could draw out individual strands of the thread and also see where the gradation was or wasn't working.

While I managed to do a bit of this stitching on the plane, I discovered I couldn't manage counted thread work AND talk to friends - so the counted thread work didn't progress very far until I got home.

It is then much harder to pick it up again, as you are out of the rhythm and have forgotten a bit.I had hoped to extend the pattern a little to enlarge the bag slightly, but was having so much trouble getting back into the flow of it that I decided to stick with the original size of the bag.

I finished the counted thread work yesterday. As keen eyes will see, there are a few errors evident in the last colour waves on the left-hand end.


My little linen thread sorting mechanism helped me a to repair some of the damage by identifying the colours I needed to fill a couple of gaps.

I debated unpicking back to the green, but I doubt my eyes are up to it. I will move on to the construction phase and use it as a learning tool.

I wasn't idle while talking to friends - some more on my knitting project soon!


margaret said...

this is going to make a lovely bag, very nice shades, the colours work so well together. Sounds like you had fun in Sydney. Long time since I was there, 1996 and a very short stay in 1971

Jillian said...

Thanks Margaret. I did have a good time. I will post a few photos soon. Hopefully they will bring back happy memories for you.

Monica said...

I can't do anything else when I'm doing counted stitching. Just some low key music in the background! You have a very elegant colour scheme there, Jillian. It's going to be a nice little bag!

Jillian said...

Thanks Monica. Experimenting with the colour is what I want to get out of this. I think fewer colours, more shades and a bit of contrast might be the thing to try next.

Katherine said...

It looks wonderful though but I couldn't see anything wrong with it. I love the way it all blends. But I think that is the very same reason why I do not enjoy doing counted thread work. Too many distractions here lol and I'd end in a real muddle.

Jillian said...

Thanks Katherine. There are a few mis-counts in the last 15-20 rows - hopefully cleverly disguised! My most successful counted thread work has been done in a class - I find it helps to be with other people doing similar work .

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your Hungarian Point piece is looking beautiful and the colours all blend together so wonderfully well.