Well, after only about two months of blogging, I took a hiatus of over two months. Not a very good track record on the blogging front... I had never intended to have such a long break but my life "o'ertook" me. Needless to say, the list of distractions are too numerous to mention...but I was o'ertaken.
I couldn't squeeze in any of Sharon's details either but I'm so inspired by Allison Aller's Crazy for Flowers Quilt that I'm going to re-join the detail train -- even though it's only for the last 20 days or so.
The one thing that I didn't drop the ball on was my Japanese Embroidery. Even when I'm not blogging, I'm always stitching something so I've posted a wip picture of "Eternal Grace" which is Phase VI. We've nicknamed her "Gracie".
The purpose of this piece is to get plenty of practice on "superimposed" work. That means, that we stitch all of the foundation -- in this case, it's either flat silk or twisted silk in a satin stitch in preparation for further stitching that will be "superimposed" upon or be stitched "on top of" the foundation stitching.
The vertical lines that you see overlaying the flat silk are called "temporary holding" and will be removed once the stitching that goes on top of the flat silk is complete. This prevents any moving of the flat silk as you stitch on top of it and also protects the flat silk from snagging and fraying.