Saturday, December 15, 2012

Transylvania - Finished

Got this finished up today, despite becoming suddenly sick. Even got it cut and framed and all. You know what I love most about q-snap frames and buying rolls of Aida? Not having to fucking iron my embroidery (I still do sometimes, of course, but mostly not).

That's definitely my last Christmas embroidery. There was one more thing I was going to work on, and maybe I still will but I'll frame it after Christmas. I just don't want to go up to Michaels any time between now and Christmas, even on a weekday morning. 

I just finished a wonderful novel, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie. Highly recommend both it and this talk she did on "the danger of a single story," (which is why I went and found her books in the first place).

Now I have to struggle to at least read 50 pages of this terrible book I got through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. It's partially that the subject matter isn't quite what I expected, but mostly the writing is terrible.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Transylvania - WIP02

Today I finished the largest chunk of my current project, using patterns from Charted Peasant Designs of Transylvania.

I think my dad will enjoy the insane horse quite a lot.

Granted I've been quite busy but that horse took forever! Lately I've been talking to people IN PERSON. I find it all quite shocking. I started a real, live book club (for non-fiction only) and I feel overwhelmed by the pressure to make it succeed.

I've also started listening some finished embroidery pieces, which I should should have done last week or the week before to make them more appealing as Christmas gifts. Right now only I don't feel I have to explain my art to you is left.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Transylvania - WIP 01

Oh, the holidays. Keeping me from starting new projects, until yesterday, that is.

This uses motifs from the Dover Needlework series book Charted Peasant Designs from Saxon Transylvania, which is an awesome book to have around. It has a lot of neat dragons and elk and things.

Under the tree thing will be this crazy dragony looking horse and above that a double-headed eagle. 

If only I could think of something else interesting to say then I could put off chores, but alas.