Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Getting Ready for the County Fair!

Happy St Patrick's Day to you all!!! Any special plans for anyone today? We won't be doing anything special, other than having our usual St Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef & cabbage. We look forward to it every year. Dinner is in the crock pot and will cook low and slow all day long! :~)

As for my stitching, I had to put Henry aside, at the orders of the person who will be getting that piece once he is finished, in order to work on my piece that I will be entering into our local Pima County Fair, called Elemental Cosmos. It's a piece that I had started a little bit on and put aside some time ago, but have always wanted to work on and finish. Now I have 23 days to get this piece completely finished and framed and turned in to be judged! Then in October, I will enter the piece into our state fair.

Here is what my piece will look like when it's finished, with the exception that I will be adding some iridescent clear and yellow beads where the "stars" are in the design.


Here is the little bit of progress that I had done before I started really working on it for the fair.


I got back to working on this piece last Friday night, and here is the progress that I made as of Monday afternoon.


I've done a bit more since this progress photo and will definitely have even more done over the course of the next few days. I have 23 days to get this piece completely finished, framed and then entered into the county fair on April 9th!!! I'm so excited!

I am stitching this piece on 28 count black evenweave, although in some areas it's more like linen than evenweave. And even though this fabric is one of the hardest to stitch on, I have to say that I am really having a lot of fun stitching this piece! I love all the bright colors and the way they POP! on the black fabric. Honestly, the progress photo doesn't do it justice.

With stitching on black fabric, lots of light is required. I have always wanted to get one of those OTT-Lite floor lamps, but they are so expensive, even when on sale, that I just couldn't afford it. But I was VERY happy to discover that Joann's now carries OTT-Lite light bulbs that will fit into any lamp now!!! So I bought an inexpensive floor lamp at Target that holds 5 light bulbs and you can move each one by bending the necks of each one, so that you can point the light where you want it to go. I bought two of the OTT-Lite light bulbs. In the floor lamp I put one of them and then I have this click on lamp that I put one in also. I put the other light bulb in my clip on lamp that I clip to my foot stool so that I have light behind my piece as I stitch on the dark fabric. Then in the remaining spots of the floor lamp I just put regular fluorescent light bulbs. It's great bcuz you can turn the floor lamp on with 2 lights, 3 lights or all 5 lights! It works perfectly for stitching! :~)

Well I'm off to get some more stitching done on my fair entry!

Happy Stitching Everyone!

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥


GoldenAngelsWorks said...

WOW you are a stitching fool.... you are doing so great. I so wish I could find time to stitch! Spring break sucks.

Mel said...

I LOVE this piece. I stitched it almost a decade ago when I was in college and it still hangs to this day over my altar in my bedroom (even though I want to stitch it again and do it on a linen).
I can't wait to see this one grow for you. It is truly an amazing piece.

Jen said...

Wow! I you got a lot done! Great job!

The colors seem really bright, beautiful.

I can't wait to see more!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

I have nominated you for an award!
See my blog!

Thanks for being an inspiration and a stitching cheerleader!

Dani - tkdchick said...

That's going to be a fantastic piece when its finished!

Craft Wench said...

That is lovely! Who designed it? I'm interested in getting a copy of the chart for myself for my own alter.