Friday, January 02, 2009

First New Start of the NEW YEAR!

Quickly, Quickly....a drive by posting...it's 10:30 a.m. and I have to be up and on the road to work *early* in the a.m. But I wanted to share with you my "new" start in the New Year!
And here it is:

Heaven and Earth Designs ~ Vibrant Vista
Fabric: 25 ct. Anitque Lugana
Fibers: DMC
Stitching 1 over 1
This represents 425 stitches and 3 hours of stitching it is the upper left hand corner shown in the picture on the bottom. Whew...just a colorful blob.
Hmmm....I don't know what to think about this HAED. Being this is my first one every to try. I'm thinking....well I'm going to let it grow on me hopefully. Right now I feel dizzy, tired, I have a headache and my eyes feel like they are crossed.
My friend Cindy told me a nice way to keep it all in perspective was to stitch one 10 x 10 square on the pattern per day. I'm going to give that a try. See what happens. Not promising anything, but I can knock something like that out in no time, I'm thinking....Ha. Ha. Ha.
Until next time, cross your X's instead of your eyes - which I did tonight :o(

53 comments:

  1. Great start on your HAED!

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  2. A HEAD really has to grow on you. When you have the spirit it goes faster and faster.

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  3. A very nice design and a great start. Curious to see the progress.

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  4. I also worked on my HAED (Merlin and Arthur) the last two days. And when I took it out the closet after a long time, I was slightly discouraged. Pffffft... all those symbols! But now that I'm working on it again, it's really addictive.
    I tried several methods, per 10x10 square, per row, but it never seems to work for me. Now I'm stitching a spot that has a lot of the same symbols, and let that grow. Have fun with your HAED!

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  5. This is definitely a great start. I love this design from the moment you showed it on your blog. Good luck with the 10x10 method, it seems to work with you.

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  6. You are off to a great start! Mine looked like a brown blob for a while, and I couldn't believe how many different shades of brown there were. It is pretty addicting once you get rolling and start seeing the design :)

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  7. Lovely start Vonna! I love the colours in this piece. It will be a long journey but so worth it in the end! (just make sure you have other stuff to stitch when you feel fatigued - I'm sure you have some unstitched stash at your place!! LOL)

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  8. Great start. lLoking forward to seeing this piece evolve.

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  9. That's a gorgeous design! If I was doing that one, it'd be about 5 years in the making---but you should have it done in no time!

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  10. It's a start. I look forward to seeing your progress. I have a HAED I'd like to do also. They look beautiful but intimidating. Just have to get the courage to start. :) One of these days...........

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  11. You crazy girl - you actually started it! Good for you. I will cheer you on through each and every stitch. I am still not brave enough to tackle mine.

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  12. i think the archive you wirte is very good, but i think it will be better if you can say more..hehe,love your blog,,,

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  13. HAED !!!! good luck !!! lol I'll follow your progress ;-)

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  14. Great start! It may not look like more than a blob of color now but you will be amazed as you work on it and watch it grow.

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  15. I started my first HAED last year. I think I have the first page done and then I quit. Maybe this one block a day thing would work for me! I might just have to give that a try today! Thanks for the hint.

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  16. A beautiful design, I agree one square per day would work, it looks like a challenge and a half!

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  17. what a great start. Happy new year to you and your family.

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  18. Fantastic Vonna. Great Start!!!

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  19. oh my looking at those designs makes more than my eyes cross
    my head shakes and my brain freezes up
    but i like the marking off of squares
    i think i will incorporate that for bigger patterns, gives one a sense of completion
    great idea
    thanks
    and happy stitching

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  20. Well, I think you're crazy, but it will be pretty when it's finished :)

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  21. Looks good Von! Good luck with this and remember I still have the Wysockis if you ever want to do them too.

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  22. Beautiful design and great start -- but I think my eyes would be permanently crossed after that little bit. :P

    I do look forward to your progress and will live vicariously through you on this project. I don't have the courage or desire to tackle something like this.

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  23. Your start looks great! Remember, HAED's are a long term project and very rewarding. I always find starting one is the most difficult, until you start seeing the design appear before your eyes!

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  24. Already looks great - love this pattern!

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  25. ooooo you started a HEAD! I must follow in your footsteps soon...There are so many to make a choice from though! A 10 x 10 section is a great idea to get it going! Keep us posted!

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  26. Vonna,

    Just a suggestion so you don't feel obligated EVERY day to stitch on it, try every work day at lunch for an hour or so it takes to stitch up a 10x10 square. I'm working on Holland Springtime and work on it only at lunch at work for 30-45 mins and it's amazing how every work day at lunch doing that I am getting through the parts and really enjoying it as well. I have a break on holidays, vacations and weekends so it's not on overload...not like 365 days a year, but like 3/4's of that! Hope the suggestion helps, it's a beautiful piece.
    Glad to see you had such a nice Christmas and New Years!
    Love the photos!
    Petra

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  27. HAED's are definitely not for the faint of heart. But Cindy's idea of one 10 by 10 square a day is a good way to tackle it. And before you know it, you'll have a page done, and then another, and then another.

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  28. Great design and nice start.
    Happy HAED 2009,2010,2011,2012...
    just kidding!

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  29. Oh, you started it, you wonderful & crazy girl!!! Good for you!

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  30. Your new start looks like a big challenge. But I know you will accomplish it.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    By the way, what does HAED stand for?

    Melody

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  31. Your new start looks like a big challenge. But I know you will accomplish it.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    By the way, what does HAED stand for?

    Melody

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  32. Well - you're off to a good start, that's for sure! I like the suggestion of just a little bit each day -- maybe it will be more enjoyable that way...

    Have a great day Vonna!

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  33. That design is just beautiful. Hang in there - it will be worth it in the end.

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  34. I've started to grid mine and think I will do 20x20? 10 seems so small...We'll see.
    I see you have a wonderful start on yours, good for you!!!. I still need a few colours before I can start.I can't wait. I posted the picture of mine on my blog.
    Happy New Blogging Year!

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  35. Great start on your HAED. And I love your choice of pattern.

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  36. As someone who hasn't had a lot of finishes lately due to family "stuff" all I can say is-- I see a visit to the eye doctor in your future. However, I am generally awed by your blog, stitching, finishing, and perpetual positive attitude. You are an example to many!

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  37. Hi Vonna,

    Happy New Year to you and your
    family!!!

    Wow. I'm afraid that HAED's are
    beyond me. Not just in regards
    to stitching skill, but also
    because of the eye strain that
    I can imagine from doing one of
    these babies.

    Good luck on yours, and I like
    the advice you received to do
    one 10x10 square per day. Or perhaps every other day?? Third day?? Week?? Um...Moving right along now....

    I'm seriously in love with your
    St Francis by Jim Shore. He is
    magnificent!! Such a beautiful
    face, and the birds are so
    sweet. I can see why you got
    so emotional when you opened it.
    It's something to treasure and
    will always remind you of your
    MIL when you see it.

    I look forward to seeing what
    ever you will stitch during this year, and the things that you finish for people, because your
    skills are so inspiring and it's
    a delight to see the things that you accomplish.

    Cheers!

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  38. I started my first HAED last year and I love it. I'm kitting up my second one right now. And no, the first one isn't done yet LOL. I love the Jane Wooster Scott designs. You picked a great one. Don't worry about how much you get done. As the saying goes on the HAED BB "one stitch at a time".

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  39. Fantastic new start! I love that HEAD!

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  40. Happy New Year!

    Good luck with your HAED :)

    Loved the photo of your daughter, that's true excitement :)

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  41. This looks like a good start to me Vonna! I will be here in the background to cheer you when your eyes cross! The little square method sounds like a good one, and no one has a deadline for you. Take your time, a lot of deep breaths, and what a masterpiece this will be when you finish.

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  42. A beatiful start.

    As this is a catch up post please can I say how much I love your etui and your daughters dog. So glad you had a lovely christmas and hope the new year will bring you much happiness too.

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  43. This one is going to be so pretty. Coleen is going to stitch it this year too.
    Debra in Indiana

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  44. I admired that pattern a few times at 1-2-3 Stitch but knew I could never get the patience to do a solid stitch project like that. It's going to be gorgeous when you're done! Just do little bits at a time and you'll be done with it before you know it!

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  45. You've made a great start - I think this is something that you need to just pick up and do a little area at a time, and put down again - don't try to spend a whole evening working on it. If you're not in a rush to finish it, I think it will come together more easily!

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  46. Hey, love your friend's advice...10x10 square a day....that seems manageable!!
    Great start Vonna!!

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  47. Great start, the colors are looking wonderful. Taking it the one square at a time sounds like a good plan, and an easy way to chart your progress. Looking forward to your next update.
    Sue

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  48. Oh, phew! Wow--what an undertaking! I like the idea of 10x10 and/or stitching at lunch. I've tried to stitch at lunch lately and have been amazed at how 1/2 hour or so regularly makes so much difference. Also, do you have a magnifier? Would that help? More light? Possibly it's that and not the design itself.

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  49. Fabulous beginning ... and with a few stitching sessions, will end up a masterpiece!!

    Happy New Year : )

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  50. It looks great so far. Very pretty pattern. Take it one stitch at a time and you will see how it grows.

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  51. You have made a lovely start on your HAED Vonna. They do take some getting into especially when they are different to what you'd naormally stitch. When I started my first one I wondered what I'd let myself in for! Cindy's idea of a 10 x 10 square is a very good idea.

    Happy New year!

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  52. It seems a little more than I need to check the information, because I was thinking: Why does not my GLOG these things!

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  53. OK, so remind me to never stitch an entire project 1 over 1. I've stitched faces before but I can't imagine doing an entire design that way.

    Good luck!

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