Sunday, 2 April 2017

Mellerstain Parrots #7

Good morning!  I'm scheduling this post as me and my trusty bottle of Ruski Standard are heading out on Saturday night and so I suspect Sunday morning will come very late for me!  Before we get down to the stitching, I bought this:



BEST THING EVER!  I just asked it what time it is, and she told me.  For those not in the know (which is usually me, very unlike me buying the latest gadgets!), it's a speaker which connects to my phone via the magic of wifi or blutooth and plays my music, responding to voice commands! She also looks up stuff on the internet for me... seriously, amazing.

Anyway, away from modern technology and back to the wonders of 17th century embroidery techniques - crewel work.  As part of the three-weekly SAL, this was where I was last time:



I did a bit of stitching on it:



I finished off the head and started working on the tail.  The head was long and short shading, the tail is satin stitch.  I didn't get that much done again this time.  Next time, my goal is to complete this whole parrot.  I know, ambitious, but you've got to be in it to win it!

Here's where I am overall:





I'm stitching along as part of a SAL where we all work on our WIPs, you can go and see what the other participants have been up to here:
AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusanKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineMary, Margaret Timothy

If you'd like to join in, please contact Avis

21 comments:

Chris of UK City Crafter said...

your parrot is coming along very nicely, that sort of stitching is beyond me but I admire those who can do it.

Kate Chiconi said...

I've noticed those Echo Dots and wondered what they did, so thanks for enlightening me! The parrot's coming along nicely, it'd be very exciting to see the finished bird next time, but don't rush... plenty of time :-)

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Wow, I may have to get me one of those amazing things! Sounds just like my cup of tea :) Your embroidery is lovely... you have a lot more patience than me! xx

underatopazsky said...

Love the muted colours in the parrot - he's coming along beautifully.

Rachel said...

Those are going to be very fine parrots!

Kerryp77 said...

Hope you had a good night out. The parrots are coming along. Good luck with your goal.

claire93 said...

coming along really nicely ^^
and nope, nver heard of that modern gadget thing lol

Cath said...

I've been thinking about getting an Amazon echo. I will be interested to know how you get on with it. The parrots are looking good. There's no harm in setting yourself an ambitious target but don't beat yourself up if life gets in the way. A my yoga teacher said this morning, be like water flowing around the rocks in the river bed :-)

margaret said...

sounds good we will see the whole head next time. your gadget is way beyond me mind you my phone is a basic ones calls and texts is all it does no internet, music etc

rutigt said...

Having a goal is good, but you don´t always have to follow it through. :) The parrot looks great so far!

sewingbesidethesea said...

It's looking great and a finish next time would be amazing :-)

Cindy said...

This is just amazing. Love watching your progress.

livinginrapidcity said...

Your parrot is coming along nicely, Wendy, glad to have you back!

elizabethdee said...

Your piece is looking so good! Thanks for showing it!

Hillview Embroidery said...

I hope you enjoyed your night out! This is coming along very well! I love your parrots. Such intricate sections you are stitching at the moment!

marymargaretripley said...

Fabulous! Can't wait to see what you do in another 3 weeks :)

Jane Galley said...

At least you've made progress, look forward to the next instalment

stitchingranny said...

Simply beautiful and so neat.

Brigitte said...

Your crewel work parrots look wonderful. Great job!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

This is a lovely piece of work. Good luck with finishing that parrot :)

Sarah in Stitches said...

That parrot is coming right along! Looking great :D