Monday, 3 February 2014

The 8th Century floor tile and the much delayed TUSAL

I'm going to start with the much delayed TUSAL so as to not delay it any longer. I have 3 jars to catch up with so without more ado here is my October 2013 jar:
The contents of this jar were the result of the mini-pumpkin-box I'd made at the end of October it was a small project so not many ORTS were produced.

In November I didn't do any cross stitch at all - I was busy making a quilt which is currently blocking my sewing machine as it's in the process of being quilted.
This is my December jar the threads you can see are all from the Final claus embroidery I made in December, again not many ORTS were produced.

My January Jar is a LOT fuller at the bottom is all the pink threads from a still secret project then the blues from creating my Ice dragon using the  Futurecast pattern. and on top of all that you can see the threads from working on my 8th century floor tile - which I will show you more of now.

The last time I showed you my 8th century floor tile it looked like this:
During theearlier this month I did some work on it and by the end of the chat session with Carla It looked like this:
A bit of progress was made along the top edge and I'd been able to try out my new Q-snap frame.it was great but once I'd gone round the corner it started getting in my way so I swapped it to an oval frame instead, which made stitching so much easier. Once I had completed futurecast I decided to be strong and get back to my floor tile. So I got out my tray of threads and set to work.
As you can see each colour has a needle poked into a biscornu next to where I have the card with the thread on it, so the next colour is ready when I need it and I don't spend so much time rethreading needles.
By the 31st of January it looked like this, with the end stretch in sight. I was starting to get pretty sick and tired of doing these loops but I kept going and on the second of February I finally completed the border.
I thought that I would be taking a bit of time away from this but having started something else I found myself drawn back to the floor tile after all as I was really curious how it would look with the filler pattern in the middle So today I got started again on the floor tile - this time in a bigger hoop so I had more space to work and I used two of the colours to make a start so I could see what the pattern would look like compared to the design in PCStitch.
This is what it looked like before I started this post I didn't start the pattern with a whole diamond as the size of the inner square won't allow me to have a whole one at the top so I fiddled around in PCStitch till it was centred with the same amount of incomplete diamonds alone all the edges.







10 comments:

  1. Great progress on the tile! I'm liking the design you have in the middle. :)

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    1. Thanks :D It's going to look even better with the other colours added in :)

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  2. WOW!! Nicely done, now that you are on the next phase of this pattern I'm seriously curious as to how it will "become". More please!!

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    1. Thanks :D Me too - I did that little corner fist to try out the colours but it's still not the same as the full impact of such a filler pattern.

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  3. Wow - you're obviously way more persistent with your border stitching than I am- Great work so far, can't wait to see how the whole design will look like :)

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    1. Ha! that border was started somewhere between 1995 and 2004 (more likely in 1996 or 1997 though as it was meant for a wedding photo) and ended up on the UFO pile for years and I've worked on and off on it for the past year as part of my UFO project, it's also 190 stitches wide x 238 stitches high which after checking makes me realise that the peacock isn't all that much larger lol

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    2. I guess the peacock might be a little more complicated, but still....you made some impressive progress here over the last couple of weeks; I'm going to do my best to catch up :)

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    3. I just saw the pattern.. a little bit more complicated you say? how about a LOY more complicated! eeekkkkk!! If you manage to catch up you will be faster than a speeding bullet!

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