Tuesday, 2 June 2015

May Operation Threadporn Report

Slightly later than usual, here is the monthly progress report on my thread challenge for May!

Once again for my SOTW hardanger square I choose DMC and Anchor perles for the design - pink seemed to be my theme for the month!



May SOTW Hardanger
 
This was the first time I'd stitched unevenly woven bars and I really like the effect - plus the fact that it makes it easier to run your thread underneath them on the back!  I'm not sure what I will do with my 12 hardanger squares at the end of the year, maybe I will pinch Jo's idea and scrapbook them along with a record of threads and stitches used.
 
My freebie for this month was taken from this blog: Les Chalet des Perelles (I love a good French needlework blog if anyone has any suggestions!) and I decided to stitch it in silks, mainly because when I saw the colours I knew I had an excellent selection of pinks, reds and greens in hand dyed silks!  I thought I would have issues with greys though - I mean who has several shades of grey in their silk collection??!!!  Urm that would be me - I'd forgotten I have approximately 12 shades to choose from!  Anyway here is my finish,  a little stretched canvas:
 
 
Freebie from Le Chalet des Perelles blog
 
I know I'm not particularly adventurous with my finishings, but for me after years of never finishing ANYTHING, even ornaments, pillows and canvases are a vast improvement!
 
 
I also have an update on my Jodyri Butterfly Quote (chart available for free on the Jodyri Designs FB group), I've finished all the words in Unicorn Magic, just need to add the words "butterfly" and "world" for a finish.  I decided that all the nouns should be in a different colour thread so I'm waiting to decide on colours (either Crystal Seas or Deep Dive) for "world" after I've stitched the word "butterfly" to see which blends in better:
 
 

Jodyri Butterfly Quote WIP 2
 
This means that the stats up until the end of May are:
 
Percentage of hand dyed stash used to date: 10.99%
Number of different stitches used to date:     38
Number of finishes to date:                          17 (9 of which are "finished finished")
 
Once I start my summer stitching I am confident that I will reach the magical 12% stash goal and possibly by year end will have surpassed the 15% I thought impossible!  I will definitely be rolling Operation Threadporn over into 2016 as it is really making me think about my thread usage.  Using such a wide assortment of threads in close succession also makes for great comparisons (or not so great in the case of some threads!).  Whilst I think that I am cured of my thread buying addiction (though The Sister says we must remain vigilant for signs of waivering!) I definitely know which threads I would focus my stash pennies on in the future should I wish to add to my collection :).
 
Happy Stitching!

23 comments:

  1. I love your newly finished Hardanger piece. Isn't Jo's idea to scrapbook smaller pieces gorgeous? I always love to see her new pages and I could also imagine your Hardanger pieces in a scrapbook.
    So nice how you finished the Amitié piece, I love the lace and buttons on it.

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  2. Beautiful stitching as always and I love your colour choices. I always doubt my choices so may be asking you to consult on future projects. I'd love to hear which you're favourite threads are now and if it has changed since starting your thread project.

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  3. Beautiful! The colors are gorgeous as always. What does unevenly woven bars mean exactly?

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  4. Beautiful finishes with your lovely thread stash :) I really love the hardanger finish.

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  5. Gorgeous stitching! Your colour choices are wonderful.

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  6. I love the hardanger piece. They always look so feminine to me. One of these days I will try it! It's on my life list. I also love how the green seems to flow in the word caterpiller..did you make it so that the threads lined up that way? Or is that just the way it went naturally? In any case, it's beautiful!
    I would also like to know which are your favorite threads are. Because I am new to hand dyed anything...I'm still buying here and there from different companies to see what I like and what I would like to add more of.
    Happy Stitching to you!

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  7. Loving your blog! So glad I found my way over here :D

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  8. Beautiful as always!

    I was curious where the caterpillar chart is on their FB page because I wasn't able to find it but it is a phrase that comes up quite a bit around me so I am interested in stitching it.

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    1. Autumn, you will find the design on the Jodyri Designs FB group (not the Jodyri Designs FB business page) in the files section HTH 😊.

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  9. Officially my favourite hardanger square. I can't wait for your video, I keep forgetting to check your blog! Also, I miss your face.
    McKenzie

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  10. Gorgeous finishes! Can I ask how you did the stretched canvas finish on the freebie? I can't wait to see how the other threads look on the Jodyri quote, that's a beautiful one.

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  11. I love your Operation Threadporn projects, they are so lovely! Congrats on using so much of your thread stash so far this year and working in all those different stitches :-). I'll be looking forward to seeing which colors you choose to finish up the Jodyri quote with and what you have in store for your summer stitching :-)

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  12. Wonderful stitching and the finish is just lovely.

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  13. Beautiful stitching, I love the Hardanger piece

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  14. Beautiful work as ever. Thank you for inspiring me!

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  15. I love the little buttons you put on the lace on your french design finish. Beautiful stitching as always :) I was wondering, when you only have a partial skein of thread left how do you decide if it will be enough to complete a new start? Just looking to see if you have any tips in that department :)

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    1. Thank you for all your sweet comments Khristine! To answer your question, I guess it comes down to experience and knowing how many stitches you can get out of a length of thread. I don't have a very scientific method, but it's something I could talk about in a video, probably my Operation Threadporn update for June :).

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  16. Thanks so much, I did find it! :)

    I look forward to your next vlog but I also enjoy your blog journey ~ inspiring as always! :)

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  17. The hardanger is lovely. Your weaving really is very neat and even. I'm glad you are inspired by my scrapbooks!
    I love the French freebie on the easel. I have a couple of those, I got them from The Works, very cheaply!

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  18. You always pick the most beautiful things to stitch.

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