April 2, 2006
In order to counteract my startitis, today I got out my Storey Keeper piece and spent a large part of the day working on her. I have completed 9 10x10 boxes which amounts to 900 stitches. How can so many stitches look so small on the fabric? You can see in the photo that I'm actually using a hoop. This is a very rare occurrence for me but I found it is allowing to work much more quickly with such a large piece of fabric. This is the hoop I bought for my rug hooking class and it has two different sized hoops that can be converted into a lap frame. I am using the larger hoop to hold the fabric and the smaller size as the base. I was really surprised to find that it works quite well.
The last time I took a photo of this piece was on February 7th. The detail in these HAED pieces is just amazing. Some of the blues are almost indistinguishable from one another so I have to be extremely careful I'm working with the right symbol and color. Nicki's technique of parking the threads is working quite well.
I think I will continue working on this piece during the week when I'm not working on Jo's birthday exchange piece. It's exciting to see the progress - even when measured in centimeters!
Barbara, I get my hair cut in Amherst, NH which is about an hour and a half from my house. The salon is called Portfolio and my stylist is Reina. She's incredibly talented but I'm not sure your friend will want to drive all that way!