March 28, 2015--Done stitching and ready for the framer. This will look great in my craft/sewing room and will be a delightful reminder of the wonderful trips I've made to San Antonio. BTW, this is the second of the three ANG chapter challenges to have done by December, 2015.
|San Antonio Completed|
|San Antonio Tree and Roses|
|San Antonio - River Done|
|San Antonio--Gondola and Tower Completed|
|Alamo and Umbrellas|
|San Antonio through Alamo and Umbrellas|
January 21, 2015--Moving along nicely on this project. The grassy areas and the large lone star heart flag are now stitched. Next posting--the Alamo.
|Flag and Grass Done Closeup|
|Closeup of Flag and Grass|
I'm making a little bit of progress beyond what I wrote about in 2013 (old blog is below), having stitched the papal picado-paper banners (will do the black outlining later) and stitched the grass using the Medieval Mosaic stitch. I found it very difficult to maintain the pattern of this stitch around the umbrellas so I did something desperate--I basted the full pattern in place, through the umbrellas, to where the pattern would be continued (see picture below). Now I can see where I need to place the needle without any counting whatsoever. Wanting to get the design perfect on a canvas like this may be a bit annal, but that's how I roll (insert smiley face here).
|Basted Medieval Mosaic Stitch|
|Papal Picado-Paper Banners Done|
These beads and many others were given to me by my mother's housemate. She crafts beaded jewelry and her son is always on the lookout for bead sources at flea markets, etc. On one of those shopping expeditions, he purchased a box of generic glass beads, all in vials, of many different colors. However, the beads were too small for jewelry making purposes, so I was the happy recipient of this box. The beads come in multiple sizes in each vial, so I must sort them prior to stitching to find the size I want. But I'm not complaining, and the variety of sizes can look good on the same project. The beads I used for the San Antonio sign were red with a yellow glaze.
July 18, 2013--While at the 2011 ANG Seminar in San Antonio, TX, I purchased the below canvas as a souvenir of my visit. Actually, I've visited San Antonio many times and thought this piece would make a nice momento. So far I've stitched the bridge and a portion of the blue over the sign. I only pull this out when I need to relax and take a break from all of the counted stitch projects I do. This canvas and its accompanying stitch guide is an exclusive design created for the Yarn Barn in San Antonio by Sundance Designs, Tucson, AZ.