Sunday, September 13, 2009

Strawberry House - finally started!

After a lazy week, needlework wise, I've finally made a start on Strawberry House. I began yesterday by doing the border first (hoping I'm not out with my counting). It's not a very big piece, so I like the way the border frames the design as you work on the inner picture, in these smaller projects. Not a lot to show photo wise, at this early stage though.

LHN Strawberry House - started 12 September 2009

As mentioned in my last post, I'm doing this one on 30ct Creek Bed Brown by R & R. It's being worked with two threads over two.

I usually find it takes longer to start a new project. Working out the fabric you're going to use, finding the threads (sometimes you may substitute), counting out the start position if you're not working from the centre of a design, and so on. For this reason I don't always start something new straight after a finish. I've also been getting home from work lately feeling pretty tired, and not in the mood to be starting a new needlework pattern. Hopefully now that I've started though, I'll get into it a lot more.


Alice said...

I also have this pattern in my stash but don't know when I'll get to it. It's a pretty little piece and I'm excited to see your progress on it. Your pictures are always so lovely.

Márti said...

This pattern is very nice and beautiful pictures!

Brigitte said...

What a nice new start. I'm a bit the same when it comes to starting a new piece. The choice of fabric always takes a long time , and even when I take one of my kitted pieces I often change the fabric I once prepared and choose another one.

Susan said...

I've got this piece in my stash, too. I love your choice of linen.

I agree with everything you've said about not immediately starting a new piece - I usually end up going through all my stash looking for the next chart to start, then again for the linen and the threads.

I sometimes think that I should kit up all my charts as soon as I buy them. Unfortunately, I'm not that organized!

Cari said...

As fast as you are with your needles, you will probably have this completed today. It is a sweet little piece and I love the colors.

Daffycat said...

Great start, Jane! I love the border on this design.

Melissa said...

Hi Jane!

I know what you mean about the time it takes to kit up something. That's why I try to kit up a few at a time, but then, like Brigitte said by the time I decide to stitch a certain project, I might've changed my mind about the linen.

Well, now you're off to a great start! You've got the border done! I don't always do the border first but often when I do finish a border I feel relieved that everything matched up!

What is it about work taking too much out of our life?!!! I hope now that you're started on your project that it will be a good stress reliever...and Spring is just around the corner for you!

Tammy said...

This is a great one--love that pretty black border!

Hilda said...

Oh! "Strawberry House" is one of the LHN-Designs i intend to stitch one day (perhaps when strawberries are for harvesting next year ...)
I am looking forward to seeing it growing here on your blog!!

Love from Austria

Judit said...

I also love LHN designs, it's very beautifuly!

clob said...

it's a good start with Caterpillar so lovely brown thread!
enjoy with this pattern

clob said...

it's a good start with Caterpillar so lovely brown thread!
enjoy with this pattern

Chrissie said...

Jane, you have had so many lovely finishes recently. You are really getting through a lot of stitching. I love the name of that thread - Caterpillar brown and those fat little Putford scissors are a favourite of mine.