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Lovely Weekend

Time change and lack of sticking to my gluten-free diet (I must get back on it!) kicking my butt.  Plus, Bob is really sick, so he's snoring loud enough I can hear it through my ear plugs.  No sleep last night for me.

Well, I dozed on the sofa, but since I couldn't find my portable alarm clock, I was paranoid about oversleeping, so woke up every twenty minutes or so to check the clock.  Ugh.

The weekend was fab - I have pictures from the wedding, which I'll post tomorrow (haven't downloaded from the camera), and I got to wear my beautiful cocktail dress with the extremely distracting neckline (covered by my yummy 

theodorad -supplied Pashmina most of the evening, since I was chilly), and halowenslut looked like Veronica Lake - just gorgeous.  Great site, great food, great cake, and great friends.  Unfortunately, someone got their car towed (not us), so we contributed to the whip-round to pay for the towing fee.  But other than that, it was lovely.

The old house is looking more stripped - you can really see the framing on the oldest part, now, and they're taking all the slates off the roof.  One of the guys doing the removal is a carpenter, and he wants to reassemble the old part on the museum site with just the framing, so people can see how a house from that era was built.  I don't know whether they'll let him, but that would be a very cool outcome for the house, since destruction comes with cat-like roar this weekend.

I'm working on transferring the pattern for the bedcover, but it is being done down at the farm, since there's not really enough room to spread out in the apartment.  I don't have the wool yet, so there's no big hurry, but it will probably take about ten hours or so to get the pattern drawn out on all the pieces (there are four total).  And I did actually take pictures of the test motif:


The whole piece took about 19 hours, but that was probably a little slow because of testing details and decisions.

It's reverse chain stitch, and there are (I think) four different flower motifs with a vine pattern tying them all together.  This test was on linen, since I started it before the twill came in, but it tests well on twill, too.  Still should take me about 5 years, though.  :)  And who knows how much wool.

And just for giggles and grins, here are some slightly better pictures of my Halloween outfit, where you can see the beaded sleeves (which are really the best part of the outfit).


Please excuse my messy apartment; that's shop stuff you see behind me in the third picture.



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Nov. 5th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
Ignorant Question #46 ...

What is reverse chain stitch? It looks gorgeous!
Nov. 5th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
Re: embroidery
It's like chain, but you basically stitch it backwards - it results in a tighter, more even stitch. You can find the instructions here: reverse chain stitch (pdf)
Nov. 5th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Re: embroidery
Thank you for this!

I stink at embroidery, but I think I can do this!
Nov. 5th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: embroidery
All of Tricia's instructions are incredibly easy to follow - if you check out the embroidery blog on the Plimoth website, she has a bunch of them...
Nov. 5th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: embroidery
Cool! Thanks. Learn something new every day!
Nov. 5th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
The sample piece looks great! What kind of wool are you using?

I just got my Plymouth sampler in the mail. I am excited to see how it turns out and if it is good enough to work on the jacket.
Nov. 5th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Just a regular crewel wool I ordered in generous amounts from Hedgehog Handworks (okay, not *really* generous, but I got 20 skeins of the dark green and 10 of the light, and I'm absolutely sure it won't be nearly enough).
Nov. 5th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
I have been thinking about making a rug. I am just afraid that I am going to go broke buying the fibers for it. I have a post of what it will look like in my journal page.

Do you get any wrist or CT issues from the amount of embroidery you do?
Nov. 5th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
No more than I get from anything else I do with my hands. :) I am always in pain, pretty much (today is being quite bad, in fact), so I just go ahead and do the things I still can do. Knitting is a little harsher on my arms, and I have to be careful when I'm making lacing cords, but as long as I'm properly supported, sewing isn't too difficult.

But I don't have CT, I have something as yet not completely diagnosed that behaves like peripheral neuropathy in my arms.
Nov. 5th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
I have been suffering from CT for a while. I stoped doing a lot of what I love doing because of it. I am alway interested to hear how people deal with the pain and keep going.

I hope the pain subsides for you soon.
Nov. 5th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
I have a friend w/ a similar problem. He's got a degree in Fine Arts and was tatooing to support himself and started having real problems with his arms. After a bunch of different doctors including a stint at John's Hopkins, they tell him its a heritary peripheral neuropathy and there's nothing they can do other than manage the pain. He's seeing a accupuncturist and a chiropractor regularly which gives him some relief, but flare ups continue. My husband, who has diabetic neuropathy is taking Alpha Lipoic Acid (1200mg/day) as studies have shown some nerve repair from this.(http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2003-rst/1733.html) You might want to give that a whirl - won't hurt you.
Nov. 5th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Nice picture.

Firefox will give you the picture and fit it to your screen. If you want, you can then click on it to see the picture "full size."

You have to be careful when you click on the picture as it will center on where the pointer when you click.

To paraphrase the icon: "Yes, she's British and so are those." ;^)

Nov. 6th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)
Looking great, as usual.
I have been meaning to try the reverse chain stitch since seeing it onthe LJ for the embroidery project.
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