Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Another Just Nan Update & a couple of other pics....

I haven't been able to stitch as much for the past week as I'd like, but here's my progress since my last post. This is as of Jan 27th and I think all I did yesterday was the flowers on either side of the box... and as you can see, they aren't finished. I had a migraine on Sunday, and no time yesterday & today to stitch. Oh well.... soon I hope to get back to it! It's coming along.... I so want it finished! The birds & verse are all over 1. I don't mind it.... there are parts at the bottom that are over 1 as well. It's so much prettier stitched (or in progress) than it is in any pic I've seen!
You may notice the q-snaps above.... I've stitched in hand only since 1988. I've had a lot of pain for the past few years though & had even thought I might have to give up stitching. On the advice of several of my stitching Pals, (thanks ladies), I decided to give q-snaps a try starting several days ago. It does seem to help, at least some. Then they suggested a stand to hold it for me... seems it helped all of them with their pain. So I searched & read about many floor stands & showed a few to Ray to see if he could make one. Long story short, he said to order one. Not sure when it will arrive, but I'll let you know how it goes when it's here & I've used it for a bit. Wish me luck & say a prayer that it helps. I want to stitch more than ever, but I need something to help with the pain.
Next is a pic of 25 ct Vintage Country Mocha Lugana that my friend Yvonne asked to see! Another long story short, with the q-snaps, it's really very easy to stitch over one on 25 ct (go figure!) and though I've always been totally devoted to linen, Vonna urged me to give this a try. I did, and I'm 99% sure I'll be stitching Quaker Virtures on this fabric with the same floss as I'd already chosen, DMC 815 & 838. I might, however, switch the brown to GAST Dark Chocolate. We'll see when I get ready to stitch it. Below is a portion of another design in the 815 that I tried to see what I thought, and I like it! Ash Wednesday is coming quickly.... I'll decide for sure by then! :-)
And last but not least is a pic of a bird that Ray saw this a.m. We sure have missed the birds lately. I'm so ready for spring & for all the birds & bunnies to come back - not to mention WARM temps!!!


Tomorrow our stitching/blogging friend Terry is having surgery on her badly broken ankle. Please keep her in your thoughts & prayers that all goes smoothly & that she heals quickly. Hang in there Terry, you'll be back to stitching in no time!
Thanks for stopping by, love to read your comments!! Happy stitching!

12 comments:

Mirabilia Lover said...

Your Just Nan piece is looking so vibrant and lovely, great stitching!

CraftyT said...

Amy you are getting alot done on JN. I love it, it is very pretty.

Abd I LOVE that 25ct fabric. I may have to try it myself Thanks all you enablers :)
Natasha

Vonna said...

Look at the JN!!! WOW Amy - you're flying :)

jennilynn said...

Amy, I love the JN. The colors just pop on that fabric.

Lisa said...

Great work gal! Glad the qsnaps are helping! Let us know on the stand when you get it worked out!

Kathy said...

I love, love, love that Just Nan piece. It is looking fabulous.
As for the migraine, I am so, so sorry to hear that you had one. I too suffer from them. I take meds because I usually get one to six a month. :( I hope you are feeling better from that now.
And don't you just love that 25 ct. I am a recent convert. After using to stitch up my Moms box I knew I HAD to have more. :) For some odd reason over one on it is a breeze.
I do hope your stand and the Q snaps make it easier for you to stitch.

Polly said...

Great job so far. Sorry you are having so much pain lately. Hope those qsnaps work.

Nicole said...

Wow Amy!! You have gotten a lot done. I love your test start for QV - it's going to be beautiful!

Ginny said...

The Just Nan is coming along splendidly. It sure is beautiful.

You didn't say what kind of pain you're having, but I have terrible pain in my arms for months at a time, and I find using a stand really helps. I hope you find it helps you, too.

Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher said...

Hello Amy - I didn't see an email link on your blog so leaving you a note here. I've 'tagged' you with a Fabulous Blog award. Thanks for all your inspiration. You can get the logo from my blog - then simple list 5 addictions and pass it along to 5 other blogs. :) I too have been dealing with hand pain this month and very frustrated! I bought a paraffin dip machine, and have been doing that, applying heat, massaging my hands and doing hand exercises. I type all day which doesn't help either. I hope yours improve soon and me too! Giving up stitching is just not an option for me.

RuthB said...

no way, you're on snaps???!!! Wow. And a stand too. I feel the world tilting slightly on it axis. :) Hope they help!!

Love all the progress and I hope you like the lugana as much as everyone else seems to.

BESTEX said...

I like the JN very much!!
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