Saturday, June 25, 2011

Chart E

Hooray! We've made it through the top row! Only 24 more patterns to go! Here's a refresher of the placement, pattern is personal use only please :-)

Chart E (click to enlarge)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chart D


Chart D (click to enlarge)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chart C


Chart C (click to enlarge)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Chart B

Geez, I'm already behind...oh well.

Chart B (click to enlarge)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Blackwork Checkerboard Sampler

A few years back while browsing through a stack of Gram's old needlework books I came upon an interesting idea.  They had turned a simple blackwork sampler into a checkerboard.  I found this quite ingenious, because really, what the heck do you do with a sampler once it's done? So I snapped a photo of it and moved on to other things.  I came across the photo recently and thought "wow...still a neat idea". 

The thing with photos is that while you get the general idea of how the needlework should look, it's reeeeeally hard to distinguish the actual pattern.  So I browsed through some books I had at hand, surfed the web, and even made up a few of my own to create this blackwork checkerboard. 

Time for some specs:  The pattern is 216x216 squares on 18ct Aida cloth (60.96x60.96cm).  The checkerboard consists of 64 squares, each of which is 26x26 squares.  If you're doing the math, that leaves a 4 square boarder around your project. Feel free to leave more.  32 of those squares are left black, leaving 32 to be filled in.  Blackwork is usually worked in black...hence the name.  I, however, rebel that I am, will be using DMC 3362 (it's a nice dark green color). I'm also going to be working it with 1 strand.

I"m going to post parts of the pattern about every other day in the hopes that it will motivate me to keep up the pace.  Haven't decided if I'll work in order, but I'll post them in order in the event anyone else wants to use this pattern so you're not too confused or skipping wildly around.  Personal use only please. 

So yay! Here we go :-)

A preview of what the end result should look like

Broken into 16 parts

Chart A (click to enlarge)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Makes you wonder what you'd do to fulfill your own dreams...

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Project Saturn

The end results of Ry's family Saturn project.  The assignment was to pick a planet and research it, answering 9 provided questions and adding more of your own to fill a file folder/lapbook.

The front

Lifting the flap reveals the questions answer

Open one side...

and then the other

All flaps opened to reveal the answers

The Saturn pop-up

From the side you see the pop-up part better

This portion showed all of Saturn's named moons


And removable cards that detail Saturn's rings

And there you have a report on Saturn.  We got a lot of the pictures from the NASA website, so thanks NASA!