Monthly Archives: May 2008

Not much stitching…

I called this blog “Snow Days” because I started it in the winter, when snow, and more snow, was all I could think about.  But winter is when I stitch, or needlepoint, or embroider, much more so than summer.  Once spring comes, I really don’t feel like sitting and focusing on needlework.  I want to be outside, in the garden, planting or weeding, or simply admiring. (Admiring quickly turns back to weeding.)  I want to be outside walking or bicycling, not indoors.  Yes, I worked on small projects on the porch, but I generally don’t keep at it for very long.  It is not so enjoyable to work on a tablecloth with yards of material piled on your lap in 90 degree weather.

May TIF – Coming Soon?

SharonB’s question for the May Take it Further Challenge is “what do you call yourself and why?”

If I am honest, I have to call myself a procrastinator.

May is more than halfway through, and I haven’t even started this month’s challenge. But I’ll get around to it – really!

I love the color scheme for this month, though –

Very spring-like, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and much more to my taste than last month’s darker brown palette.

April TIF

I’m a little late, but I’ve gotten to the April TIF – the question about change.

I don’t particular like change. I generally think of changes to the worse, not to the better.  Intellectually, I know that isn’t true, but emotionally – that’s a different issue.  When I read the Sharon B’s challenge for April, I immediately thought of black, gloomy things with lots of torn threads, or maybe mud-colored stitching of a bottomless pit (although it does raise the interesting question of how best to portray a bottomless pit in needlepoint. Which stitches to use?), or perhaps a piece of linen with scorch marks.

But maybe this had something to do with the winter. When in 3 weeks, things can change from snow and ice and misery, to

then suddenly things don’t seem quite so bad.

It has been a terrific month for daffodils here. Many years we get a final frost and they get killed off too soon, but this year the weather has cooperated (although still another two weeks to the last frost date, when it is safe for planting). This year, the flowers have been bright and showy and exuberant.  I wanted to stitch  something related to the flowers, and something with a lot of bright, bright yellow.

I took an image of a daffodil and enlarged a small portion of it, and started stitching.

I wanted to see what I could do with just one color, to feel like spring.

I’m not satisfied with the result. The piece is about 2 inches square, and includes chain stitch, detatched chain, stem, satin, couching, back stitch, buttonhole, and rice stitch, and leaf stitch (a poor choice). A little more planning would have helped, a lot.  But spring is here, and it is suddenly too beautiful to sit inside stitching.