January 18th, 2018
This is a quick update before we travel to visit Sylvia. The veils are coming along well. I have Rachel's basted and am working on all of those wrapped connecting bars. Working on a rounded three dimensional project has it's challenges. I'm used to point lace being stretched taunt while basting. This is free hanging, but then the finished piece does not have to lay flat. Interestingly, I've found that because of this I am stitching with both hands. I'll be going along with my left hand, then switch over to my right when the directions change and back again sometimes every other stitch. There are advantages to being fairly ambidextrous. The next update will be in a few weeks. I won't be working on the veils at all while on vacation. I'm going to enjoy Florida weather after the recent cold snap and snowfall in South Carolina.
January 07th, 2018
Here's the first veil update. The biggest news is that I am doing two veils. One for Rachel and another for her fiancee Ashley. The challenge will be making sure they coordinate without getting too matchie matchie. Rachel has asked for peonies and swallowtail butterflies, and Ash wants water lillies and dragonflies. That should work!
I've begun basting the cord down on Rachel's veil. It's much trickier basting it on a curved, draping piece of fabric instead of the nice taunt, flat muslin I am used to. Sylvia drew out the flowers and I'm using that as a guide for basting. For a dyed in the wool counted thread enthusiast this free wheeling stuff is a big stretch! In the photos you see the muslin with Sylvia's sketching in black marker and the cord I've basted. So far I'm happy with it, though it's hard to see what it will become at this point in photographs. I can't send you what I am seeing in my mind! I do have to crochet some more cord which will give me something to do during these chilly afternoons. Stay warm out there. Unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere. You stay cool!
Terri Bay is a needlework teacher, designer, wife, and mother. This blog will probably contain bits about all of the above - especially the furry member of the household. (The cat, that is)