Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lots of Progress...and a Fat Frog :(

Hello again faithful followers!  I'm sorry I haven't been on in a while.  Life and stitching has gotten in the way.  I'm happy to say I have a lot of progress on my new start!  Last time you saw me was almost a month ago and I didn't have much to show then.  Just my Birthstone Dragon SAL (which has a new month out that I haven't started yet).  But I'm excited to show you my new start!  I chose Max Color Museum Shelf by Aimee Stewart charted by HAED.  The more eagle eyed among you might have noticed that I already have a progress bar up with progress.  I was planning on doing a post at the same time but I totally forgot!  The progress on my bar is from when I finished my first color:

Both pictures show the same amount of progress.  As you can see I'm doing this extreme cross country.  I tried to get good photos but it's a very large piece so it's difficult.  But this is all of 301 and the colors are more true in the bottom photo.  I started with this color because it's the first stitch in the upper left corner but then I decided to do the color with the most stitches so I started black next.  I'm only 4 pages in so far (not including some bleed through to other pages) and I only finished this today but here is my most up to date progress:
Close Up:
Here is what it will look like when it's finished:

Two different pictures and I'm not sure which one will be closer to the actual piece but I'm assuming the more muted one.

This is being stitched on 28ct Jobelan 1 over 1 full cross.  The pattern has 74 pages and 236 colors and measures 750x536.  So's going to take me a while to finish.  Can you see where the girl with the pearl earring will be? :)

The frog has visited me a few times so far on this piece.  The first time (other than a random stitch here and there) was with the black:

I had done all of this and it was 2 rows down too far so I had to frog it all and restart.  Keep in mind the grid lines are pages so this is a pretty significant amount.  Basically a whole weekend was spent stitching it and then I spent all of Sunday night frogging.  Nightmare and too much of a difference to fudge.  The frog visited me again a few days later but it wasn't such a big deal then I was just off a stitch for part of one of the curtain lines so it only took me a half hour to frog it.

I'm starting to lose steam with the black so this may go away for a while or I may switch out for a color with a few stitches but we'll see how it goes.

On the personal front things are going really well so far in my student teaching.  This new teacher is soooo much better than my other one.  I'm still learning the ropes since my observation week had not only a day missing out of it but every other day that week was not a typical school day.  We had an assembly one day, a field trip the next and some junior Olympic tryouts I had to help with.  I started taking over a bit last week but tomorrow starts my first lesson takeover.  Well I did a lesson last week but they were just practicing their typing so I wasn't really counting that.

I'm actually getting more stitching done than I thought I would at this point.  I just booked my final test today for the first week in May so I may have to take a stitching break to study for it.  It's a state assessment that's required for licensure and it's apparently really difficult so I'm going to have to really buckle down and practice it.

Well that's all for me at the moment.  The new Zelda game is supposed to come tomorrow so I'm sure that's going to cut into my stitching time as well.  My goal was to finish the black on this page before I played so I'll probably be starting it tomorrow lol.  My hubby has been playing on his new game too (Final Fantasy) so I'll stitch while he plays.

Thanks for stopping by I'll see you all next time!


  1. You've made a great start. It's brave to stitch cross country with only page grids! Hope the frog stays away :D

  2. Oh my Heather. I would never attempt to stitch that even though it is a beautiful design. But cross country and all that counting gives me a headache. You've made great progress so far and I'm looking forward to seeing your updates.


  3. This HAED project is just awesome. It's interesting to see how you stitch it, one colour after the other. But frogging over one stitches is really a nightmare. I hope the frog stays away for a while.
    Good luck with your test and with your teaching.

  4. Very interesting design! I hope you thoroughly enjoy working on it :)

  5. Wow. You are just simply crazy. Hope the cross country works. I know I would make major mistakes that way. I love watching it reveal one color at a time though. Enjoy your new game. Good luck with your teaching and upcoming test.

  6. It was definitely a good idea to choose the black, you can really see it taking shape already. I do like the brighter coloured version myself.
    Glad the teaching is going well. I had three different classes in the shop today having a talk and a quiz about the bookshop. That was fun.

  7. Wow...cross country on a MC! Brave soul you are! Congrats on the teaching...remind me to tell you the story of a student art teacher we had back in the day!

  8. Sorry to hear the frogs visited you but I guess that's the risk of stitching extreme cross country (not that it doesn't happen when you only have to count a few gaps!) Hope it all falls into place from now on. I really admire your perseverance on this one. :)

  9. I always stitch cross country but would definitely think twice about such an extreme method! It looks great though and perhaps seems like more progress as you're working over a larger area? Good luck!

  10. You certainly are a brave lady! I could not imagine stitching cross country on that many pages all at once, but I wish you luck!!

    Hope your first day of lessons went great! Zelda...I used to LOVE that game and my son still plays them all the time.

  11. Wow! This is going to be so very fantastic when it is finished, Heather. I love this design. So glad to hear that your teaching rounds are going well and be prepared - there is rarely a proper school day - there are always interruptions. I can remember one year, back in my teaching days, one of my Year 8 history classes (which I taught five times a fortnight), only once in the whole year did I have the full class in attendance (they were a very sporty class),every class there was always somewhere between five and eight students missing - it really slowed us down going through the teaching programme, I can tell you! lol! I hope that your first teaching lesson has gone well.

  12. What a great new start! I can't imagine stitching it cross country that way.

  13. That's an epic piece you've chosen to start there! I like Aimee's pictures too but bought the prints so I don't have to stitch them! Cheating, but so much quicker and faster!! Hope the frogs are staying at bay now. :)

  14. Perfect inspiration :) and what attention to detail! I admire and congratulate.


  15. So pretty. They are a labor of love.

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