Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WIPW - Getting Unstuck

Sonoko was originally a guild project with the Raleigh ANG chapter. She comes from the November/December 1989 issue of Needlepoint Plus magazine. I worked on her after coming to Japan, but couldn’t seem to finish her.  The directions call for finishing her into her own doll shape, which seemed a little too fiddly for my finishing skills. I thought about making her into an oval shape instead, but even that seemed difficult, so there she sat (for a long time). I was close to being finished, but I was just stuck.

I wasn’t sure what stitch to use in the background, so I consulted my friend and expert needleworker, Rhoda.  She suggested using either the t-stitch or the Alicia Lace for a light background.  I liked both, but decided on the t-stitch. I didn’t want to use a color that would compete with Sonoko, so I chose to use one strand of DMC rayon thread in a shiny gray color (30712). The shine doesn’t show up in the photographs I took, but it does look nice when you see it. I changed my mind about the oval and will make it into a rectangle a little smaller than seven inches by three inches.
 




I really want to work on this until I can finish it!

7 comments:

  1. The project looks small and delicate, it will look nice when finished but sometimes the small, delicate work can be tedious.You will finish it beautifully, I'm sure, Pamela.

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  2. It is indeed hard to see the background stitches from the pictures. It doesn't help either, that I don't know what the T-stitch is. I will have to check that out. It is nice that you are working towards finishing Sonoko.

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  3. It looks wonderful.

    Greetings, Manuela

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  4. She will be lovely when she is done. I can't blame you for wanting to work on her.

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  5. This is such an interesting little stitch! I don't know how you could put her down haha. Love all the colors you chose for her. :D

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  6. best wishes on your WIP. she looks cute and lovely.

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  7. This looks like a beautiful piece of work, you always use colours that I like- looking forward to seeing her finished.

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