Wednesday, March 17, 2010

More About Woodlawn 2010

Before you ask, no, I haven't had a chance to get to the Woodlawn Plantation needlework exhibit yet.  Now that the weather has cleared up, I hope to go this week or next, depending on all the appointments scheduled during this time that were postponed from February due to four feet of snow.  I am not sure I will write much about the show, however.  After all, we have a photo gallery to visit and some folks have blogged about it already.

Once again, here are all the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.*

The owner of The Point of It All, the best known needlepoint shop in Washington, D.C., writes about her visit here.

Susan visited Woodlawn yesterday.  Here's all about her trip with her friend Carolyn.

As Susan says, a separate photo album has been set up to showcase the Japanese Embroidery on display.  You can visit the pieces here.

Donna's been serving as a docent.  I hope once her stint is done she writes about the experience in detail and talks about the pieces she fell in love with and why.  My own limited docent experience tells me you really have time to study the pieces when you are a docent and learn more than a quick visit's study allows.

Claudia on the ANG email list wrote that this is the Best of Show winner.  *She mentioned that she thinks not all the award winners are in the ribbon photo album (the first link above).

I know they don't have the award for The Piece Jane Would Take Home If She Could listed.

You'll have to wait to hear about that.

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Back on Track

I've been busy with the windows and door panels on my Tardis ornament and I like how they look now that they are all even.  I also took out the left side window to make it lower than the right.  Pamela's right--it looks better this way.

The insides of the panels are tent stitches to get a smooth look, mostly done with my #8 perle cotton. The top door panel on the right and the top roof panel on the side have writing on them so I used Water N Ice (the clear WT1) to do tent stitches that I hope indicate writing.

I've played with the placement of the wall panels on the left side, trying to make them look ok at that angled perspective.  This is why it is easier to stitch buildings head on--if I had just done a front view Tardis I would have these issues.  But it makes for a nicer look in my opinion and a more interesting thing to stitch.  

I also buttonholed around the left front door to match the right detached door.  I use buttonhole stitch a lot for edging of things like glasses cases and have never had such a time making the stitches even but I normally use crewel wool, which is much more forgiving and stretchy than the #12 perle cotton I have used here.  Stitch and learn, right?  Next time I stitch a Tardis I'll use wool!

I stitched the area above the left side windows with wrapped backstitch but I think I am going to take that out.  It's the right stitch for here to indicate the lines between the windows and the sign on the side but I think it'll look better if I use perle cotton instead of cotton floss.

So out that will come to be restitched.  If I like it, I will probably use the same stitch on the roof line of the front.  

I have tested stitches for the walls of the Tardis and right now I like brick stitches over four threads, but we'll see.  I want to use the same stitch for all the wall areas, which means I want everything stitched except the walls before I settle on a stitch for the walls.  That way I can compare the stitch to all the other stitches to make sure they play nice together.

This is starting to come together and the weather is much improved.  Things are starting to look good in CH! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all.

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