Needlework, Finishing, Designing, Quilting, Some Discoveries and Adventures in Stitching from Windy Ridge Designs

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Opus Magnusson May Progress

I've been so busy stitching on Opus Magnusson, that I think I'm giving myself tennis elbow.  Ouch! 

Pardon the awful lighting on this picture.  We had long running thunderstorms last night, that followed two days of steady rain.  The skies are already clouding up and I understand our chances are good for severe weather today; although I think flooding is the biggest concern.  Anyway, this overall picture will show you what I was talking about doing with simplifying the border.

Boy, this takes a lot of floss.  I am using two strands over two threads and one pair gets me 132 stitches.  That is one and most of the next of those trefoil backgrounds.  Now I've finished the fill in, I'll roll up to the next section and do the black "work" before continuing to fill in.  The overly green black floss I told you about before is working out well.

I decided what I wanted to do behind the stag's antlers.  You can see above, but perhaps better below, that I've put in a constellation and crescent moon.  The constellation is Ursa Minor, or the Little Dipper.  Polaris, the north star, is just to the left of the stag's ear and I stitched it differently to make it stand out a bit more.  I know it's not easy to see; mainly because of the thread color and the glare, but hopefully I can get a better picture when I'm done. 

I talked to my quilt client yesterday and she's good with the quilt not being exactly the same size as in the book.  That gives me some wiggle room on those blocks that are giving me fits with the 1/16th inch cuts.  Whew!  So that's what I'm going to spend my day working on today - blocks.  Hope you enjoyed!


  1. Just wondering what happened to the Pinterest post? It didn't disappear from my google reader :) I was happy to hear that I am making that same someone absolutely NO money because I don't facebook or pinterest.
    Have a lovely day!

  2. It's incredibly beautiful! The green gives it a very elegant,yet luxurious feeling. Be careful for your stitchers arm/hand/elbow/ wrist.

    1. Dulcinella - you're so sweet! Thanks so much. I am doing less stitching now and lifting weights to strengthen that tendon. I'll soon look like Popeye!

  3. This is so wonderful! The colors!
    I hope that you have a great holiday weekend!
    Is the brick warehouse in your header folder in Harrisonburg? I think I had dinner up there at the restaurant in March :)

  4. I cannot believe how beautiful your Opus is! That is an incredible amount of stitching in this piece, but each and every stitch is gorgeous - you are going to have a masterpiece when you're finished.

    Thank goodness your quilt client is good with the size of the quilt. Will definitely save you some headaches!!


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