Sunday, March 20, 2011

Latest project

This is the latest project I have been working on this winter. I actually started this I don't know how many years ago, and had set it aside to work on something else then...never got back to it. Last month I decided I needed to pull this out and finish it, once and for all. Unlike about 99% of larger projects I do, this one is not for someone else. Nope, this one is all mine, since it is of one of my most favorite paintings in the world. Can you guess what it is?




Here's a look at a section of the pattern. I have to tell you, thank heavens for highlighters; they make keeping track of where you are a heck of a lot easier. I think I'm on my fourth highlighter now. Most of it has been tracked in ornage, but there is one section that was done in green.



And here's what the stitched section looks like. I try to stitch as much of the larger blocks of color as I can before going back and filling in with the colors where there's one stitch here, two stitches there. The large blocks of color are relatively easy, but filling in the other colors? Major pain in the neck. Literally. Good thing it looks so cool when it's done!



Look back at the top photo taken a week ago, then at the one below taken Friday night. Can you tell how much progress I've made in the past week? Slow but steady! I think I'll pop in a good movie this afternoon and work on it a bit more...





9 comments:

Nina said...

Ah yes, now I see why a highlighter is a good idea. Never tried it myself on a pattern, but for that one I'd be lost without one in two secs flat.

Very cool! And I see your progress.

Was it a good movie?

Nina

Bratty said...

Starry Starry Night by Van Gogh!

It always seemed to me like he painted it half blind, just seeing the auras of the stars....

Heather said...

Nina: Highlighter definitely help with larger projects such as this. As for the movie...I ended up not watching one. I spent a good portion of the day curled up with an afghan reading. I did take a couple short breaks, and even watched two episodes of Friends and most of 60 Minutes, but nothing else. Wasn't anything but sports on TV today anyway, and wasn't in the mode for watching a video.

The book I read, though...that's the reason I am up so late and online. I read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins in two days. Guess the rain was good for something. And what an end to a trilogy! If you have not yet read The Hunger Games trilogy, I HIGHLY recommend. I warn you, though, the last quarter or so of Mockingjay is extremely emotional. I had to keep stopping in parts of it to wipe away the tears. Really good book and a good ending, though. Even if I am still sniffling.

Heather said...

Bratty: That would be the one! When I saw it at the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, I was amazed by how small it actually is, but was completely mesmerized. I couldn't stop gazing at it, and my friends had to literally pull me away. When I saw this pattern I had to have it.

Alice Audrey said...

It's going to be fantastic when you're done. Starry Night is one of my favorites oo.

Jana said...

Amazing, Trix. It looks so haaaaaarrrrd, though. You got some serious skilz to pull that off.

Heather said...

Alice: Thank you--and yet another thing we seem to have in common! *G*

Jana: Thank you. It's not so much difficult as time consuming, especially the fill-in stitches.

I just relaized that I never posted pics of the Mona Lisa I did some years back for a friend. Will have to post those for next Sunday!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Oh, my gosh! This really makes me want to pull out my cross-stitching ... if I weren't taking a class, reading and reviewing books, and in the middle of two knitting projects! Grrr...there's just not enough time in a day. I have the Starry Night pattern as well, but haven't started it yet. I usually will copy the pattern and do highlights myself; it makes keeping track so much easier. I also use a magnetic board and magnets on the pattern while I go.

Heather said...

Julie: Hehe...happy to inspire, even if you are knee-deep in other projects yourself. I make copies of large patterns like this as well--I just can't bring myself to mar the originals. Plus--if you screw up, you can always make another copy and re-highlight to figure out where you went wrong. I don't have a magnetic board, but do use a lapdesk and clip the pattern to it. I even glued a magnet to the clip for needles.