Saturday, 25 May 2019

Stitch Maynia Continues

As the title says, I am continuing with Stitch Maynia.  Some people stop at Day 15, some at Day 19 (for 2019) and others keep going all month.  Last year I started 32 Just Nan Smalls, one per day and two on one day.  This year I am adding one length of thread on the same day as I started the design last year.

Here are days 21 to 25:

I completed my 14 days on the Discworld Mappe on Wednesday with a nameless island and some backstitch:

bit blurry!

Here's the whole piece for the month:

stitched on 32 count Murano custom-dyed by Sparklies

That left me 9 days this month to stitch on one project.  I had a look at my "19 in '19" list and decided that it would be good to make some progress on the oldest project on the list - My Lovely Sewing Tools by Marie Suarez.  Started in November 2011, this was a partwork in the digital magazine Gift of Stitches.  I stitched quite a lot in 2011 and 2012 and then ground to a halt in 2012.  This is where it was the last time I blogged about it:

For each of The Longest Day Marathons I added a little bit of border but that was it.  So far I have been focusing on the left hand side trying to complete a page of the chart.  Here's where I am now:

stitched on 40 count white linen

Here's the portion I've been working on this week:

This is stitched on 40 count linen, which was the recommended fabric.  I'm using a DMC conversion from the charted Valdani, a mixture of one strand and two.  If you look closely you can see there is some over one stitching too.  The bolt of linen next to the T is over one, as is the little thimble.  But the most challenging part was the heart to the left of the photo.  That is all over one!  The thread on the spools is all satin stitch and the little pinheads are tiny smyrna stitches.

There is a still quite a bit more to do, this is only 2/3 of the design, it will be square when it's done.  I hope to get the bottom left corner done this month.

Finally, I went along to a small art exhibition in an empty shop unit near in the town centre.  A group of local artists have hired it for six weeks.  Here are some of my favourite pieces:

Gorgeous colours!

Love this little ship

had a great chat with this artist

The "silver darlings" are the herring our town was famous for back its heyday.
The artist has used little bits of jewellery chain to make the scales.


Donna G. said...

Keep up the good work on the Sewing Tools piece. It looks great!

Linda said...

Great progress on all of your projects Jo.

Linda said...

All beautiful, bravo!!!!
What is stitch Manya, Jo? Where can I read about?

Ariadne said...

Love the last photo! AriadnefromGreece!

Julie said...

Very talented people exhibiting, lovely work.
Sewing Tools is lovely, such a pretty array of colours you don't often see together.

Leonore Winterer said...

Great progress on Maynia, your Map, and the Sewing Tools! it looks like a lovely project with all the little motifs.
Also, fun exhibition - those herrings are very clever and look great!

Katie said...

Great progress with your maynia pieces. Mappe is looking great. Great work with your Sewing Tools. Beautiful details! The art exhibit looks fun. Love the details on the pieces. Thanks for sharing.

beadgirl said...

I love the sewing tools pattern, but then (like many of us), I'm a sucker for crafty-themed patterns.

That's a neat exhibition, and a great idea for an empty storefront.

Rachel said...

So nice to see another 'oldie' being given deserved attention. I think you and Katie must be the only ones mad enough to stitch over one on 40ct! Did you have to use a smaller needle or do the holes return to size after a normal-sized needle has been through? :)

Christine said...

The Sewing Tools is looking fabulous