Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Something I've been working on - that isn't glass!

Some years ago I started a cross stitch....ok, for anyone who really wants the dreadful truth, it was a little over 9 years ago. This was a kit I had literally fallen in love with & lusted after.

Mum, being the wonderful enabler that she is, talked my Dad into getting it for me for Christmas.
That in itself was no mean feat as my Dad had a huge distrust of giving his credit card details over the phone & would just never allow it to be done. However, this kit had to be ordered from Australia & Mum, being determined that I was going to have this somehow, managed to talk him into making an exception for his little girl.

I clearly recall seeing it for the first time, after unwrapping it on Christmas Day & not being able to wait to get it started! In the meantime I just had to satisfy myself with a thorough exploration of the kit contents.

Pharoahs Pet Karen CouchmanPharaohs Pet by Couchman Designs - Chart

I duly started it in the evenings when babies were asleep & very quickly realised that I was not at all happy with the blue used for the 'night sky', however I plodded on. When I got bored with working on the sky I would work on part of the cats body. I was excited to be doing my first (& probably only) animal themed cross stitch after years of flowery designs, or delicate ladies.

The more I worked the sky, the more I realised that I really didn't think I could live with the colour. I know that the style of the design is representative rather than realistic, but it still didn't sit right with me.Rather than a nice inky navy blue, the floss used was a brighter royal blue (DMC-797 for those who know about such things). Eager to get to the face & eye's, knowing that a cross stitch really comes 'alive' once those are completed I kept on going.
Of course in true 'Deb' fashion once those were complete, I let the sky colour put me off....completely! The thought of undoing all that stitching in the icky blue that wasn't dark enough really got to me, so away it went.

The good news is that somewhere during the last few weeks I seem to have misplaced my 'anal perfectionist in everything I do' tendencies (but that is a whole different post, all about how perfectionism inhibits & holds you back!!). A couple of weeks ago I dragged "Pharaohs Pet" out & decided that of all the cross stitch UFO's I have, I really do want to finish this one.
I only get to stitch 4 hours per week if I'm lucky - but I will see this project completed.

Simply - because I can.

Pharaohs Pet Progess"Pharaohs Pet" Progress

The area outlined in blue is essentially what has been completed since revisiting this project, as of a week ago.


angelinabeadalina said...

Deb, it's going to be beautiful. I love the whole design, but you probably could've guessed that I might, huh? Dark, inky, midnight blues seem kinda hard to come by, no matter what the medium...it's one of those colors I absolutely love, and it's so hard to get just the right hint of night sky. I just know you are going to make this sky do right, though! Happy stitching!

Genie Sea said...

Oh I love this! :)