Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Shades of Grey

Last night was a good one. My wine cabinet saga was over and I was happy to finally see it all brand spanking new and assembled in my dining room. After work, I stopped by Costco to buy a new dvd player and I managed to find the Sony one I was eyeing for $45. Total deal! So I drove home on a positive note, installed the dvd player and was able to finish the rest of Moulin Rouge. Yay! Now I am all ready for my Netflix arrival this afternoon. Can't wait! I can catch up on The Sopranos. I am so curious and hooked on that show despite it's violent pretense.

Most of last night, I worked on Sweet Dreams. I was really hoping to finish all the grey in Santa and his goodie bag but I couldn't. Almost done though and I will probably finish tonight...the grey that is...not Santa. So I finished the tree already and I want to finish Santa and his goodie bag and do the top border and name before I tackle all the backstitching. I figure I'll do half the project, backstitch that, then stitch the bottom half and then backstitch that. I usually backstitch everything at the very end but this is kind of big and there is a lot of different backstitching. The pattern even calls for something called "couching". Does anyone know what that is?! Looks like I will have to do a google search on that one. Sorry the picture is all wrinkly and jacked-looking. The camera wasn't picking up any of the white or grey which is what I've been working on for the past week so I had to shove it in the scanner and the scanner wasn't being very cooperative. If you look really hard, you can kind of see the white/grey shading on Santa's jacket cuff, hair and beard. I think I'll have santa done by this weekend...

4 comments:

Stitching Cat said...

Valerie, 'couching' is where you take a long stitch with your thread (from beginning to end) and then along the way come up on one side of the thread from the bottom, cross over the very long stitch and then go down in the same hole trying not to pull the very long stitch out of shape. I'm sure that you will be able to find something with some graphics but hopefully this description helps.

Carol R said...
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Carol R said...

Check this out http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/couching.html

Barbeeque4 said...

Santa is really coming along nicely!!! I am glad that the cabinet saga has finally ended and in you favor. I know hat you mean about the Soprnaos, we are rewatching the entire thing a little at a time and it is still a great show!!