The Eagle Is Landing

I have been working on Isaiah 40:31 this week and have made great progress.  In fact, I have almost finished the cross stitching.  This is what it looks like: 

The mountains have been fun to stitch. I don’t like the pine trees quite as much.  They seem a little out of place to me.  However there needs to be something there to fill in the blank space on that side and I don’t know what would look better.  I am excited to finish the trees and startback stitching.

I have also worked on Our Family Tree for its one day.  This is what it looks like:

I am happy with my progress on this tonight.  The tree is close to being given finished and the all that is left in the vignette is the half-stitched hills and clouds in the background.

Rotation Change

 I have been working on Our Family Tree for the past couple days.  I am getting close to finishing the tree.  This is what it looks like:

For some reason I am not enjoying working on this piece.  Maybe that is because of my history with it. I originally bought this as a kit with the intention of giving it as a gift to my parents.  I didn’t want to use the Aida cloth that came with the kit, so I bought some linen to stitch it on.  I came to loathe that fabric.  It felt wrong, was fuzzy, and just didn’t look right to me.  I could never finish the piece.

My wife wants me to have it finished for my parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary, which is in a couple years.   I found the pattern in a book by Stoney Creek and have started over.  I  making good progress but it just doesn’t speak to me as I stitch it and it is a real chore to work on.

I have decided to modify my rotation a little bit.  I am going to stitch on this the first day of the week and then rotate through four other projects.  That should give me enough time to finish it without it being so much of a chore.

It also means that I can add one more piece to my rotation, which means I need to make a decision.

 It was the eagle’s turn to be worked on this week.  Compared to the other pieces I am doing, this piece seems to be pretty easy and is stitching up pretty quickly.  I have been able to finish the eagle stitch a large section of the mountains in the background.  Here is what Isaiah 40:31 looks like now:

 
I am really enjoying working on this.  The mountains remind me of Utah which is where my roots are.  I also love the Bible verse that will eventually appear to the lower right of the eagle.

I made so much progress on this that I actually quit working on it early to add another project into my rotation.  I will show that project next week.

A Belated Update

It has been a while since I have posted.  My time has been taken up by my twins graduating from high school and also preparing for our troop’s scout camp.  I have been cross stitching, just not as much as I would have liked.

I have worked more on Our Family Tree and I am happy with how it is coming along. I have reached the upper right corner of the vignette and the tree trunk is also in place.  I am going to need to go back and stitch individual stitches that are blended with blending filament.  I felt that it would be better to wait until the surrounding area is filled.

I also added another piece to my rotation.  This is Isaiah 40:31 by Donna Vermillion Giampa.  It will eventually be a picture of an eagle landing with the text of Isaiah 40:31 surrounding it. I finished the wing and  moving on to the body. This is turning out to be a really simple piece that can be completed in a relatively short time.

I am trying to decide how many active projects to keep in my rotation. Too many projects would mean that I would never finish anything.  However I have so many things that I want to work on and I am pretty impatient.  As of now I am thinking that I am going to limit myself to four or five projects.