Well, we arrived in Indiana about 10 days ago. Other than relaxing and reading , I have been stitching!
The first piece is my newest start...House in the Wood by Gulia Manfredini. It is a six part Mystery SAL from The Gift of Stitching Magazine - an on line publication from Australia. I'm stitching this piece on 32 count (my maiden voyage on that count) with Caron Watercolours, The Thread Gatherer Silk & Colors, and Kreinik Silk Mori. The silks are wonderful! They just glide through the linen like a hot knife though ice cream. I'm only about 1/2 way through part one, and part three comes out August 1. Looks like I'd better hurry.
I have also finished part seven of Alla Turca by Pelin Teazer: another Mystery SAL. This one has nine parts total and is "sponsored" by the Stitchers Heaven Yahoo Group.
The last piece I am currently stitching is this interesting Santa Clause. It will be a boxed pillow, about 8" X 10" and is for my D-I-L who celebrates Christmas. I'm using Threadworx Flame on 18 count Aida. It's funny, but after stitching on linen and even weave for so long, I'm having a bit of trouble with the Aida...go figure! I'm using the cottons because (I hope) he will be well loved.
As you can see, only his hat and face are finished so far. He will probably be my "travel piece" this summer as there is only one thread to concern myself about, although the chart is a bit complicated.
Swiss Topiary and Gazette 94's Grand Abecedere are currently at the framers. I'll pick them up next week and re-photograph them finished.
Next week is also the Vanderburgh County Fair. I'm entering three pieces this year - the little girl on the horse, Garden Stars by Ink Circles, and a golf afghan I stitched several years ago for my son when he was living in Bermuda. Wish me luck!