This is the fifth week of tennis-watching, and I am on my fifth piece of hand stitching. Next week when the circus has moved out of town for a while (the Rogers Cup in Toronto at the beginning of August) I shall return to normality - whatever that is!
Last week - Sunday - I finished the stitching of Tender green. This one is printed onto A3 prepared cotton which I buy from Crafty Computer Papers (I get my A3 silk from there too). I have found that there is a chalky coating to the cotton which makes everything paler, so I use it for pale chalky designs now.
I also decided to treat this one to a wider range of stitches: I have worked the blind drawing outline of the figure with corded quilting, and for the plant stems I have used a personal variant of the chain stitch.
Here the stitching is finished, but the finishing has not yet begun.
Yesterday I began Epilimnion. (Have you ever swum in deep water when the top layer is delightfully warm, but put a foot down toward the depths and a chill greets you? I remember a particular stretch of coast where we went when I was a child, and after I learned to swim would go out well beyond my bobbing aunts. I loved the thrill of putting down my feet, or just a foot, to meet not only the colder water but also the long sea grasses and fish.)
This piece is printed on A3 silk, which takes the colour beautifully, and I use it quite a lot now. It feels fabulous to stitch, and I'm using Stef Francis' Superfine Hand dyed silk. (I have outlined the swimmers with one strand of a multi-strand cotton which I found in my 'tangle archive'. It did not have a label, but I suspect it was either an Anchor or a DMC cotton.)
Now I must set myself up with another piece of work to follow that, just in case I finish before the tournament is over. Watching without work in hand just feels wrong - especially in the afternoon!