Obsession... Confessions of a serial starter
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Name: Dede

Location: Georgetown, DE

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  1. Alpine Seasons Garden
  2. American Sampler
  3. And They Sinned
  4. Angel of Frost
  5. Angel of Healing
  6. Antares
  7. Babysitting
  8. Ballet Pigs
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Beauty and the Beasts
  11. Blue Rose Sampler
  12. Bubble Flower
  13. Calling the Crows
  14. Celestial Dragon
  15. Chloris
  16. A Confabulation of Dragons
  17. Curl Up with a Good Book
  18. Days of Advent Sampler
  19. Desert Rose
  20. Dragon Fae 1
  21. Dragon Skies
  22. The Dreamer
  23. Dutch Beauty
  24. Egyptian Garden
  25. Emblem of Love
  26. Emily Lucille
  27. Fairy Dreams
  28. Fairy Moon
  29. Florabundance
  30. Flower Power
  31. Heaven Above
  32. Hope
  33. Houses of Hawk Run Hollow
  34. Jane Longstreth
  35. Jewel of the Sea
  36. Luna, Sol and Stella
  37. Martyrs
  38. Mistress Winter and Jack Frost
  39. Mouline Rouge
  40. Noah's Sub
  41. Peace
  42. Peacock Garden
  43. The Pheonix
  44. Pheonix 1
  45. Pirate and Mermaid
  46. Polar Lights
  47. Princess Asleep
  48. Rae QS
  49. Red Witch
  50. Rose
  51. A Rose Among Thorns
  52. Rose Fae
  53. Salamander
  54. Sea of Roses
  55. Song of the Dead
  56. Soul Mates
  57. Spanish Geometric Sampler
  58. Storykeeper
  59. Taj Mahal
  60. The Tower at Stony Wood
  61. Tree of Life with Dragon
  62. True Colors
  63. Watergarden
  64. Woodland Faerie

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And now it's becoming a trend
On a Roll... Another Finish!!
Tower of Stony Wood - FINISHED!!!
Quick Update
This was a surprise
Losing my stitching mojo again?
Trying something new for the new year
And back to my darling
And what have I been up to?
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I can't tent stitch after all
A bummer since I thought I'd be able to progress twice as fast on my HAEDs. I restarted Revelation, tent stitched on Monaco, and found that my stitching was becoming distorted. Definitely not as "crisp" when compared to what I had previously done on the 25 count Lugana. Oh, well. It probably would work just fine -- who's going to be scrutinizing my stitching anyway? But I just couldn't find it in me to accept it. So I am once again back to 25 count Lugana as my favorite for over one. Fortunately I was able to cancel the 1.75 yards of Monaco I had ordered and get some of the Lugana instead!

My birthday is coming up and I'm thinking of gifting myself with QS Day Dreaming Mermaid. And starting her as well. It actually works out perfectly since I'm rotating my projects in reverse alphabetical order and the next up after Revelation is Quaker Garden. So "Quick Stitch" would come right before that, right?

I'm so pathetic -- I picked out 21 projects to rotate in the hopes of seeing some progress and now I am fighting with myself to NOT add any more (all new starts which makes it even worse!). Yesterday I added Pale Rose, Calling the Crows, Beauty and the Beast (Gibson), and Isabella. An hour later I came to my senses and removed them. I'm fighting a losing battle though. I fear it's only a matter of time until I'm back up to 60 active WIPs!

And I wonder why everyone I know thinks I'm crazy?

Friday, November 23, 2007
I've been neglectful
First off, I have a picture of the completed Memorial Sampler. This will probably be my only finish for 2008!
Memorial Sampler
Midsummer Night Designs
Stitched on 40 count flax Newcastle linen with recommended GAST, WDW, and DMC thread.
Started 9/28/07 ----- Finished 10/19/07

Next, here is an updated on Sea of Roses:
Sea of Roses
Heaven and Earth Designs
Original artwork by Selena Fenech
Full cross, one over one on 25 count Strawberry Sparkle lugana (hand-dyed by Silkweaver)
30% complete
Link to chart

And finally, here is my start on Rose. Nothing but background at this point.
Heaven and Earth Designs
Original artwork by Rachel Anderson
Tent stitch, two over one on 28 count antique white Monaco
2% complete
Link to chart

Next up is Revelation, which I will be restarting on Monaco.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007
Merry Wives of Windsor
I got my first opportunity to really play with my new camera during the high school's performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor. My son played Master Ford (and was outstanding, I might add).

The camera is quite fast, so I was able to take a lot of pictures (over 500 the first night!). Good thing too, because a lot of them came out like this:

I experimented with the settings and find that I can get rid of the blurring by using a higher ISO. However the quality of the photo is not as good -- lots and lots of noise! So there's a trade-off there between getting more clear images or taking a chance that the subject will stay still long enough! Still I'm quite happy with the camera's performance.

All of those photos were taken from my seat in the front row. The zoom is incredible -- harder to get a clear image but when you do it's worth it!

And now for my favorite thing. Movies! I don't know how they will look if I can figure out how to get them on a DVD, but I think they look pretty good from a hand-held digital camera.

Saturday, November 10, 2007
Song of the Dead
Song of the Dead
Heaven and Earth Designs
Original artwork by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Full cross, one over one on 25 count antique white Lugana
15% complete
Link to chart

I got an incredible amount done on this in 4 days, averaging 788 stitches a day! Every single one of them a work day. Only having to work with about ten colors with about 75% black probably helped!

Now I'm off to work on Sea of Roses.

Taj Mahal

A bit delayed, but here is my progress on Taj Mahal. I misread one of the symbols in the trees on the left hand side and had moved on before I realized what I had done. I used a gray NPI instead of the called for Dinky Dyes yellow-green. Oops! I decided not to frog it, since it looked just fine to me, and simply made the same "mistake" on the other tree. I did use the correct color on the trees in the right hand side.

I am loving the colors in this one and am thinking of monochrome designs I can stitch with some of the overdyes I've grown particularly fond of!

Saturday, November 03, 2007
Woo hoo! New Camera!
I got the new camera today! I'm quite pleased with the picture of my stitching. The colors are pretty true to life and at full size you can see the individual stitches (click on thumbnail below to see). Hurray! No more trying to stitch larger images together!

Tower of Stony Wood
Heaven and Earth Designs
Original artwork by Kinko Craft
Full cross, one over one on 25 count DMC evenweave
22% complete

Isn't his skull just lovely?

Next up is Taj Mahal.

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