Friday, December 28, 2007

Needlepoint and Research

Above: "Jacobean" pillow on frame (It says it's Jacobean, but I don't think it really is. The colors are all wrong but it was the only decent-looking canvas at Hobby Lobby. I don't want any crazy cat lady needlepoint.); below: first stitches
Below: Close-up of satin stitches
I've had this canvas since Christmas Eve, but I just started it today. I wasn't sure if I was ready, but I decided if I just paid attention, I couldn't mess it up too much. I did waste a couple strands of the color above reacquainting myself with needlepoint technique and trying to decide in which square to put the needle. I also spent most of the afternoon making Beef Bourguignon, but I couldn't get a good photo. It's a good thing that the recipe makes enough for 4 meals, because it makes enough mess and takes enough effort for 4 meals!

Well, here's my research: watching For Your Eyes Only. Oh, yes, very intellectual. I gave Paul the 007 Scene It for Christmas so we're improving our James Bond skills. He's also currently reading Thunderball. For Your Eyes Only isn't the best Bond movie, but it wasn't unwatchable (like Diamonds are Forever). While I watched the movie (really listened and looked up every once in a while), I was able to finish most of the first color on my needlepoint canvas.

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