I feel like I am all over the place with my designs lately, and that I really need to find my focus. I guess that happens sometimes with the changing of the seasons! Either way I have been working furiously on two very different designs: a Canadian version of my signature starburst flags, and a peacock! The latter is somewhat of a commission and a “worlds colliding” moment for me. The theme of the Symphony Ball this year is peacocks, so I designed a dramatic piece to be auctioned in February. It seems like the ball is a long time from now, I needed to finish the piece because it is going to be a doozy to stitch. Lucky my colleague has offered to do the dirty work, which is fine by me because she is a super stitcher, and I have my hands full!
Canada is coming along, but the peacock put a damper in my model stitching schedule, and I sort of lost momentum. It is also a more difficult piece to design, because it has more “chunks” of space rather than the smaller, more delicate spaces required in both the British and American Flags. I thought that meant that I could design it differently and use less “filler.” Basically I wanted to cheat. Well, cheating backfired in a big way, so lesson learned! Never try to take the easy way! I ended up having to go back several times to re-design certain areas, and even now I’m not completely happy with where the design is. In any case my goal is to finish it THIS WEEK (or at least by the end of the weekend). I’m going to need my husband’s support on that, though (ahem), because it’s no walk in the park trying to wrangle a 1.5 year old while also trying to concentrate on stitching!
My final bit of news is that I am brainstorming my very first Christmas piece. This has been a bit of a struggle for me, because Christmas is SO huge in the cross-stitch world. There are MILLIONS of designs out there. The competition is huge and pieces are GORGEOUS. It is so hard to think of something that I want to do that hasn’t already been done. I did finally hone in on an idea, and hopefully I can run with it. I’m combining my two worlds (again) and planning to design a piece around a Christmas Carol. The idea is to make a yearly Carol as a series. I *think* I’ve decided on which carol, although I’m not willing to commit it in writing yet, as I may have a brilliant inspiration and totally change my mind. I need to get moving on it soon, because I need to stitch the model. I’m 4 months out and totally freaking out about it!
Designer and worker bee of Cherry Lane Designs! I'm Mom to cutie pie, Preston, and wife to technical John. Check out Preston's blog over at Thing to do Family