|The chicken in a top.|
In January, the push was to finish Winter Ice and this month my plan was to return to that chicken project. . . again! (I've been down that "again" road many times since I began this project in 2007!) I've posted the same in progress photo for the last two years!
I keep telling myself this is the year that I am finishing this one! I also tell myself that I will make more progress if I actually stitch on it!
I have learned that if I have a section that is thread basted and ready to go; I'll get it stitched. If I have to figure out what is going where and remember which places to leave open so that other pieces can be added later. . .well, it's too complicated and I don't do it.
|Detail of center panel|
So this week, I pulled out the project, the pattern sheets and mapped out a section. It took some time. I found one of the leaves that I had cut, really didn't show against the background so I replaced it with a fabric that did.
In my prepared stitching section our sweet Bailey dog, chewed one of the flowers. I was able to reclaim it although, the edges are suspect. Let's see if I can coax those edges to turn!
Now, all that is left is to stitch it! The project is next to my chair and stitching it is my plan for the evenings. Nancy Chong talks about stitching one length of thread each day. Sometimes, you might stitch more than one length of thread; but, even with one length of thread, you will be making noticeable progress. So this is my plan.
|The next section ready for stitching|
I'll use this space to post my progress because sharing with you will help me stay the course rather than diverting that chicken to a container where I would forget about it. I started this project long ago so the urgency of finishing it has long passed. My family teases me about the mummified chickens, petrified chickens and roosting chickens which I take with a good heart. I tell myself that the finish will be so sweet!