Saturday, April 18, 2015

I Can't Stop Myself!

I know I should be finishing, not starting projects, but I just can’t stop myself.  I've had this chart, fabric and perle cotton for quite some time and I felt like starting something new, so here it is.  This is a hardanger design by Linda Driskell called The Elegance of Hardanger Embroidery, an Intermediate Sampler.


 
I’ve already miscounted and had to unstitch several times. I hope it goes smoother after I complete this little center part. I will post my progress soon.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stitch and Zip Finish

This has been my carrying around project for quite awhile. I didn’t have much left to do, so I went ahead and finished it.  I lined it with a Japanese print fabric.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sapporo TV Tower

We had wanted to visit the Tower, which overlooks Odori Park in Sapporo, for a long time, but for one reason or another, just hadn’t done it.  Last week after Japanese class, the weather was nice, so we decided the time was right.  We had a 10% off coupon, so the regular cost of 720 was discounted to 640 yen.
 

The observation floor is 90.38 meters from the ground.  The digital clock with LED display is 9.5 meters wide and 5.48 meters tall, with numbers that are 4 meters tall.

From the top we had a nice view of the city and beyond.







 
Afterwards, we had dinner on the third level of the tower, in a restaurant called New Sanko. Ted had a seafood dish and I had pizza. Even from this level we had a nice view.



What will we do next time in Sapporo?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday - Getting Unstuck #6 - the Lily

This one has been stuck because it is out of my comfort zone. I’m very comfortable with everything counted and with things I make up (no pattern or directions).  This project has a pattern and directions, but nothing exact.  The Lily was a Lynn Payette class I took at the Carolinas Regional EGA Seminar. I’ve put a few stitches in since coming to Japan, but very few.

This is what it looked like when I picked it up this time.
 

When it is eventually finished and framed, there will be a mat covering the edges.

If you’ve taken seminar classes you know that the teacher has to jump around to be able to teach all the techniques in the time of the class, with no section getting finished. Later I have to reread the directions to figure out where I am and what needs to be done. Anyway, it looks like the next thing to do is outline the flower petal sections with twisted cording I make with DMC floss and a little bit of shiny thread.  I have to decide on the thread colors and number of strands.

Here’s my first bit of twisted cord before and after it is couched down.
 


This is how much I’ve done so far.

I’ll try to stick with it and show some progress next Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fukushuen Garden, Naha

This Chinese garden was built in 1992, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the relationship between Naha and Fuzhou in China. It’s located just a few minutes walk from the Kenchomae monorail station and admission is free.

The first time we visited Naha, we found this place by accident.  We liked it so much that we have visited it the next two times we were in Okinawa. It was raining the morning we were there this time, but we didn’t mind.  It’s a beautiful place with many interesting details.