Saturday, September 24, 2011

9/24/11 Wild Thing

I really love the weekends.  Saturdays for me mean 1) no waking up before dawn, 2) happy children who aren't forced to run on a schedule for the day, and 3) plenty of time to stitch!
Backstitching is one of my favorite parts of a project.  I know, I know -- that sounds crazy, right?  The general consensus that I hear is that backstitching is one of the most hated parts of a project.  Personally, I love the way it really brings out all of the details and how quickly a blob of random colors turns into something amazing.  Now that all of the main stitching is done for Wild Thing, the only thing left is the backstiching and a few french knots (which I do hate).

Here's today's update:

Overall Progress
 Top half of project has all circles outlined and the title completed.

Giraffe
 Mr. Giraffe is 100% complete!  I'm wondering if doing the french knots was a good idea just yet.  The other day, I bought a set of off-brand Q-Snaps (which I'm really loving!) and I'm worried that these french knots in the center of the flowers may be in the way when I go to move the frame.  Guess we'll just have to wait and see!

Lion
By far my favorite animal to backstitch.  The lion's mane is made up of 3 or 4 different colors which all blur together until you start to backstitch.  You can really see this when you compare the top part of his mane with the bottom (un-backstitched) part.

My plan is to finish the lion by tonight, which leaves me with the monkey and the panda left to do plus the wooden frame, the circles at the bottom, the leaves and then the information.  Crossing my fingers that this will be 100% done by the end of next weekend!

Happy stitching everyone!
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7 comments:

Bec said...

This is such an adorable piece. It looks fantastic!

I myself hate back stitch, but I love the way it brings everything together.

Happy Stitching :)

Kathy S said...

It's looking great. You going so fast, I can never get cross stitches finished. lol

Lostinblue said...

It's really coming to life now!

I love backstitch as well, for the same reasons as you say. I do agree though that we seem to be in a minority, haha.

Anyhow, it's all looking good for a weekend finish. C an't wait to see the final result now.

:)

Momma Sunshine~~ said...

That looks fabulous!

Ewa said...

Aw, it's lovely! I don't have a problem with doing backstitching, I just find that a lot of the time the way it's charted is difficult to read. Crossing my fingers for you to finish!

Joysze said...

Awwww, too cute, too cute!!!! Can't wait to see it finished. :D

Susieq said...

I tend to pick patterns that have very little backstitching. I used to do candlewicking which is totally french knots, so I really don't mind those.LOL