Thursday, June 27, 2013


About a week ago, I found this project in my stash. It was packaged in a nice box, with scissors in it that I'd forgotten about. It was begun my a friend, Rita Kortenhoeven, and came to me after she died. It looks to me to be a version of Chottie's Personal Plaid design, done a little differently, and was about 1/4 done. I worked on it and when I picked it up again, it was about 3/4 done. My problem is I never liked the color combination.
But I decided to get it done. So I did. This is the back, I used long arm cross stitch to join the edges.  The wool, something I've never seen before, comes in little miniature skeins like knitting yarn. It's 88 line/Trilla. (I have the leftover skeins--if you want them let me know.)
So, now it's done and I can move on.  And now that it's all done, I don't have as much of a problem with the colors.
This weekend I began the finishing process for the Shochikubai Japanese embroidery.  This is the back, just before beginning. 
Here's me steaming it.
And done ready to dry. I have the mounting board ready and hope to lace it on one night this week.


Anne said...

I think you did a great job on Rita's pillow and, although the colors wouldn't have been my choice either they turned out very pretty!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

I'm sorry to hear that your friend passed, but it's nice to have something to remember her by. I think the colours will grow on you, they are very pretty :) Maybe you could use the leftover threads to make a mini-pillow or a fob to go with the scissors?!

Also, I'm really looking forward to seeing the final finish of your beautiful Japanese embroidery!!!