A New Year – A New Start

OK, I fibbed … yesterday I decided seeing as it was the first day of a New Year, and I hadn’t finished my canvaswork rotation slot yet (I still had 4 hours of it left), I thought I’d drag out a new start … I’ve had this piece kitted up for many many years, and thought it would be good to finally get it stitched up. This is definitely a challenging piece for me, as it’s using stitches, materials and techniques never tried before. It’s called “Flight of the Bumble Bees” by Ruth Schmuff Designs. This is the finished product:

I’ve already had to frog-stitch part of it last night, and can’t say I’m particularly enjoying the darning of this band of bumble bees in Kreinik #8 braid … you should see the rat’s nest of threads hanging from the bottom of the canvas to be threaded back in afterwards hmmm. Sorry for the bad photo – I’ll take a better one after the next rotation round, as there won’t be much more progress on this one before I really DO get back to Egyptian Garden πŸ™‚ I might just do the last hour on the bees before I switch over, though, as I think I still have an hour of that rotation left to go … I think I could manage another hour before I pull my hair out πŸ˜‰

I just may be throwing a few quotes into my posts this year as well … I saved a heap of quotes that interested me or touched me in some way, that I thought may be useful one day … and I think I’ll share a few of them every now and then. Here’s the first one – and considering how I’ve been spending my days off so far, I think I can truthfully say I’m living! πŸ˜‰

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” – Lin Yutang

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7 thoughts on “A New Year – A New Start

  1. I love the bee!! That # 8 Kreinik can be a pain at times for sure, but well worth the effort once you see the final result. πŸ™‚

  2. One of the benefits of doing Needlepoint instead of cross stitch is that the back side can be messy :-). I like the start to your bees.

  3. Another cool design, Anne! The Kreinik is fiddly, but looks fantastic. πŸ™‚

    Love your quote too. Taking time to really look at the sky and enjoy the clouds, or watch the light changing throughout the day, loving the simple things in life put a lot of things in perspective.

  4. Wow, that is such an impressive piece! You do have an eye for unique and beautiful designs, Anne πŸ™‚

    Love your quote. I have been doing a lot of this last week and it felt so good! πŸ˜€

  5. I love the bees and a what a great start. I like the the quote idea too. Think I may start collecting some of my favorites this year just to read over at the years end. Happy Stiching and living, CJ

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