And a Forest Grew Finished

This last week I have been working on And a Forest Grew.  I am happy to report that I was able to finish it.  Here is the final result:

I have really enjoyed working on this piece.  I have always enjoyed stitching trees which made this design perfect for me.  Also, stitching each tree gave me a sense of accomplishment which encouraged me to continue stitching.  I think that this design uses every shade of green in the DMC pallette to great effect.  Finally, the little pops of color that are seen in the redbirds and the blossoms on some of the trees add a touch of color that really pops out from a distance.  I am so happy with how it has turned out and I will miss working on it.

For the next month or so I am going to work on Winter Sampler by Sandy Orton.  I have decided that I am going to be a “monthly monogamous” stitcher.  What this means is that I plan on working on one project exclusively and will decide at the beginning of each month whether to continue with the project that I have been working on or whether I will change to a new project.  Winter Sampler seems appropriate for now because it will satisfy my growing itch to work on something Christmas-related.  I am interested to see how much of this project I will be able to stitch over the next month or so.

Life has become a little more interesting for me in the last week or so.  I now have some church-related responsibilities that will make it so that I will be unable to stitch a couple of nights each week.  As a result I am not going to make as much progress with things as I have in the past couple of years.

Autumn Magic Question

I spent most of last week working on Autumn Magic.  I have really enjoyed working on this and this week was no exception.  This in spite of the fact that I am stitching background trees that are really just blobs of orange, yellow, and green.  This is what that page looked like at the end of the week:

However, I have been stymied by a question that came up while I was browsing through the Heaven and Earth website at the end of the week:  What is the difference between a regular chart and a chart with max colors?  Does the result justify the extra work of stitching a chart with increased confetti?

There are now two versions of Autumn Magic: a regular version and a max color version.  The only difference that I can see in the mock-ups between the two versions is that the max color version is lighter.  I like the lighter version because I think that the chart that I am stitching is eager to choose black when the colors get darker.  Logic would indicate that more colors would increase the amount of confetti in the piece and that it should increase the detail as well.  However, I wonder if there is some kind of law of diminishing returns when it comes to the number of colors in the chart.

Has anyone had experience with this?  Have you ever compared the two versions and determined which is the best?

I suspect that in order to find the answer to my question I am going to have to stitch at least a page of the max color version so that I can see the difference.  Based on the results of that experiment I will probably decide whether or not I want to switch versions. However I can’t do this experiment right now and I don’t want to spend time working on this project if there is a possibility that I will be changing to the max color version.  So for now I am putting this project on hold.

The Forest Continues to Grow

I had hoped to be able to finish And a Forest Grew this month.  After all, I was planning on working on it for two weeks.  There were only four pages left to stitch and my pace was about two pages per week.  What could go wrong?

What did go wrong was a business trip to Norway where I was so busy that I only had minimal stitching time.  To add to the difficulty, my scroll bars were too big to fit in a suitcase, which meant that I had to figure out some way to get good fabric tension while I stitched.  I decided to try using a hoop, which did give me good tension.  However, holding the hoop while I stitched slowed down my progress.  At the end of the first week of October I had only stitched about half a page.

When I returned home I was glad to have my scroll bars back.  At the end of the second week of October I was able to finish the rest of the page I had been working on as well as another page.  This is what my forest looks like now:

Those two pages were fun to stitch.  I love how there are so many different colors there–even including some colors that don’t appear anywhere else in the chart.  I am excited to be close to a finish and am tempted to spend another week working on it.  However, I also don’t want to cheat Autumn Magic of the time that it deserves this month.  So I am going to put this away for now and hope for a finish next month.


Latest Autumn Magic Progress

I spent the last couple weeks of September stitching Autumn Magic.  I have really started to enjoy working on this piece.

One of the things that has helped me to like it is that I have started stitching 20-stitch diagonals instead of the 10-stitch diagonals that I have stitched in the past.  This has made it so that it takes longer to stitch a block.  However I think that it also speeds up my stitching a little bit because the minimum number of stitches that I can stitch in one stitting is now 200.  Also, I think that it helps me work through confetti-filled areas more easily because I have a larger area to work on which means that there are potentially more stitches per color in a block.

I do have another milestone to celebrate as I finished another page.  This is what it looked like after that page finish:

I also had time to work on a new page.  I decided to move up to the top of my stitched area and work on the trees there for a little bit, partly because I was tired of stitching the yard.  This is what that page looks like now:

This section of the chart is not very exciting because right now it just seems to be blobs of color.  When I get to the right edge of the page, it looks like I will be stitching the edge of the house.  Hopefully that will help a little bit.

I am looking forward to working on this again in a couple of weeks.