Annie Louisa Swynnerton
(1844-1933) Sense of Sight
Chart from Scarlet Quince.
When she's done, she'll look like this: http://www.scarletquince.com/pat.php?pat=SWY001&PHPSESSID=59c8950bc5e9480111714aaac12c97c8
November 5, 2008--There is less
and less visible difference between updates the more I put in. I only
know I've made progress because I switch highlighter colors every now
and then so I can see what I've done every 10 hours or so. Still,
I've reached the 300 hour mark and am well into page 3. While
working, the feathers are completely invisible. I can only see them
from across the room or in photos.
Here's a close-up of the wing. You can see how the big feather at
the lower left is beginning to have its arc described. The right hand
curve delineates wing from arm, which I'll do last on this page.
The pointer at the right shows you one of the gauzy veils of the
August 12, 2008--Two
milestones! 250 hours in and two pages complete! That's a
lot of stitching. Progress has slowed due to home improvement
projects, but I'm trying to keep at it. Tenacious or nuts?
I'll let you judge.
You can just see, on the right hand edge (above the "s" in
"August") a faint border between what is
obviously a wing with feathers and the merest wisp of the veil around
July 20, 2008 -- No updates
recently, but I haven't been idle. Definite progress. I'm
happy to be stitching wing, though the confetti surely does move s l o
w l y compared to the background. Old episodes of Monk and DS-9 are in this.
Hmmm. The colors are actually a little brighter than this.
This is a quick-and-dirty photo. The blended colors have immense
depth in person.
Here's a closeup of the wing. Not as much blue as I'd like, but
when you step waaaaaay back, you can see wing-y texture
appearing. What's the arrow on the right hand side, you
ask? That is the third-page row boundary. Some of the work
has carried across onto the next page. There isn't much left of
page two now!
June 15, 2009 --Here she is at
about 190 hours in. This represents somewhat less than 1/8 of the
way complete, as I have reached the horizontal center and about 1/4 of
the way across. I'm not happy with the colors--it really is dim
and sludgy. It's not as bright as the photo included with the
chart, which is much duller than the original. I will have to
call her "Angel of Murk."
But, whoa--wait--Look down there at the bottom...Can it be? Is it
possibly? YES IT IS! Stitches that are part of the angel!
The top edge of one wing. There is the merest hint of blue
(nothing like the original, of course); this angel will have sludgey
wings. Lots of confetti in this region. No stitching large
blocks of color on auto-pilot here!
1, 2008 -- No updates in a while, but I haven't been
idle. I am within spittin' distance of putting in a stitch that
is actually part of the
angel. While I am heartily sick of sludge,
I'm not looking forward to confetti all that much. Finished NCIS
in this stretch, along with tapes of favorite TV shows.
April 21, 2008 -- I'm about ten stitches down into the
second page, and folks, it's SLUDGEVILLE! In the original
painting, the grass is clearly green, but in this pattern, it's a
mottled mixture of brown, olive, peach, and gray. The finished
stitchery will be noticeably darker than the original. I keep
telling myself it will be beautiful and that the sun is just not up as
much yet as in the painting... I found an in-progress picture
online put up by someone who's farther along than me, and it WILL be
worth it! Plenty of NCIS
in this stretch.
April 5, 2008 -- First
page done! Hurrah! I've overlapped a bit into surrounding
pages, so that there won't be visible lines between the
sections. TV selections for this last bit include Yes, Prime Minister and a disk of
season one NCIS.
March 14, 2008 -- Well,
there is progress, but
you have to
know how/where to look. The sky in the first page is all done (and a
little beyond.) Now I'm working on the sea. Lots of Yes Minister here, as well as Torchwood, New Amsterdam, and some random
Febrruary 21, 2008 --
I've missed an update. Progress! You can see the blue water
(I've decided it's the Sea of Galilee) in the distance. I have to
make myself work on the beige-y sky; the blue is so much more
fun. Here's a close up of the shading between water and
sky. It's beautiful and sets off the peachy sunrise quite
well. I'm running out of what I can stitch without moving the
hoop. I need to re-wrap my hoop with clean cotton so that the
bits I've already worked don't get snagged or dirty.
February 11, 2008 -- The
good news-- I've finally reached something that isn't beige. The
bad news--it's graaaay. Doesn't seem to match the purplish of the
original or the more muted tones of the photo. But I stitch
on! This section is mostly Blackadder
February 4, 2008 -- This is
about 32 to 33 hours. I know it's progress, but the bigger it
gets, the smaller difference each hour of stitching makes
and the Superbowl provided most of the background for this section.
January 31, 2008 -- Now
22 hours in. Progress, but I'm eager to start working on the
actual angel. There's a lot of Firefly
watching in this section.
January 21, 2008 -- About 11.5
hours in. I've started with the boring background.
December 25, 2007 --First
stitches. This will be a long haul, but oh, it will be worth it!
350 x 300 stitches and 94 colors--most of them blends...