Wednesday, January 6, 2016

First Finish for 2016

I finished Ink Circles, RYO mandala Set 5 Draco 66.6 for my friend.  It was a nice project as it is all DMC so I could travel with it and was able to wash it before framing.  I am pretty happy with how it turned out and may do another one this year.  At only about 9 inches square they are a manageable size.  This one is done on 28 count Lugana "Queen Ann's Lace, a very subtle green variation which does not photo well.  Really pretty.

I started the Cotton Sampler and after doing one corner of the border realize that the even weave is not even.  The border looks wider at the top than on the sides.  I have had this issue with some MCG even weave, but did not expect this issue as I purchased this fabric from 123 Stitch and it is marked as a Jobelan even weave.  I have not yet decided if I will continue or switch to a linen fabric that I know is "Square".  It is not a mandala in the usual sense, but still, I am not sure I am going to like working on it.

After much gnashing of teeth I decided to change the fabric to 28 count Cashel Linen "Dawn".  It is darker (much darker) than the original fabric I choose but perhaps it will be good for me to change things up a bit.  Now to just get it started and get going.

I am making good progress on Chatelaine's Mini Mandala IIC.  I am using the recommended silk threads rather than substituting the DMC..  Not sure why I decided to do that.  This will be my second in this series of three mini mandalas.

That is it for the moment.  I am a little "off" this year so far for some reason.

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  1. Yay for your finish, that mandala looks gorgeous :) But boo for the fabric...I only had a non-even fabric once one some no-name linen, it really shouldn't happen with Zweigart quality :( Good think you caught it kind of early!

  2. Congratulations with first awesome finish in 2016! I wish you that this year is super productive and filled with laugh and love! Looking forward to see new finishes from you!