I started this crewel work sampler with gusto back in July when I first received the kit. Basically I was completing a letter a day until I got to “Q”. While working on the “Q”, I got discourage by the lazy daisies I was making and the sampler got put away for several months and I worked on other things for a while.
Pattern: Daisychain ABCs Crewelwork Sampler Kit by Alica Paulson
Materials: Appleton 2-ply crewel yarn
Start Date: July 14, 2011
End Date: January 29, 2012
But after getting back from Christmas vacation, I really wanted to finish some of the many many many projects I have that lying around in progress and half started. That combined with the announcement of a new cross stitch sampler made me get over my lazy daisy angst and get back to work!
1. Daisychain A, 2. Daisychain B, 3. Daisychain C, 4. Daisychain D, 5. Daisychain E, 6. Daisychain F, 7. Daisychain G, 8. Daisychain H, 9. Daisychain I, 10. Daisychain J, 11. Daisychain K, 12. Daisychain L, 13. Daisychain Q, 14. Finished Alphabet: F – T, 15. Daisychain R, 16. Daisychain S, 17. Daisychain T, 18. Daisychain U, 19. Daisychain V, 20. Daisychain W, 21. Daisychain X, 22. Daisychain Y, 23. Daisychain Z, 24. Finished Alphabet: A – O, 25. Finished Alphabet: L – Z
Within a week of picking it up again, I had finished it off. And I really don’t know what my problem with those lazy daisies was. The finished “Q” turned out just fine. I’m such a weirdo sometimes.
So it hasn’t really been so long since my last post about this Daisychain Sampler business, but it’s chugging along at a nice pace. Here’s a few more letters I’ve finished up since Monday.
I wasn’t so sure about this K, but now I think it’s super cool. It took me a little bit to figure out how this long & short stitch thing worked but I think it worked out pretty well.
I realised partway into stitching this L that I was using the wrong colour of yarn. So I kept with it and used a lighter shade for the center French knots. It’s a little more delicate this way. Yeah, lets go with that.
This M is pretty marvelous if you ask me. I’m tempted to extrapolate a bunch of letters and make a header graphic of it (finally, a header graphic). Or something. We’ll see how things develop.
So my stamina on the Daisychain Sampler is continuing rather unabated.
I think I like this sampler business with different stitches being used for different letters.
There’s enough variety to keep things from being monotonous and each letter is completely quickly enough that I can’t really get bored.
So yeah. I’ve already got a whole much more letters done since last week.
Though stem stitch hasn’t really been a favourite stitch, I do quite love the ropey effect it has here. Plus I think I like stem stitch more now that I know how to stitch it properly (reading instructions is a good idea).
Even this K was finished by last night. I’m sure I’ll have more to show before long.
So I’ve been reading the blog Posie gets cosy for quite a while now. I’m not much of a commenter on other people’s blogs. Mostly I read things through Google Reader and all in a batch so it’s extra effort to click through and comment (especially frustrating to do on mobile readers). And to be honest, I don’t always feel like I have something to add what people are posting about. But whatevs.
What was I talking about? Yeah, so I read Alica’s blog. And when she posted a while back about these Daisychain ABCs Crewelwork Sampler Kits she was going to put together, I figured I’d give it a try. I’m quite enjoying the embroidery these days and crewel has interested me in theory but there aren’t a lot of cool (or kewel) projects kicking around in this old school technique. I have a couple of modern takes on it but have yet to jump into the wool & needle thing until now.
My sampler kit arrived in the mail last Thursday. Despite working on other ongoing projects I immediately started playing crewel embroidery after opening the package.
And I kept stitching.
And stitching all weekend in a variety of air conditioned locations.
And stitching my way through the weekend.
I finished up H last night. I have a whole slew more photos to take of the letters. I especially love the E which I opted to make REAL puffy. I like to thing that it’s so puffy, it’s in 4D (or at least IMAX 3D).
Oh and the question that I’ve been asked a few times now. The kit was a pre-order sort of thing and there are no more to order BUT you can buy the PDF of the pattern (which includes the outline guides for all the letters.
I think I’ll embroider the phrase “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” next. Why yes, I AM a graphic designer. How’d you guess? 😉