Thursday, March 17, 2011

First bite of the elephant!

Progress is slow on ATS.  I am actually counting the hours I stitch and I managed to get in 10 hours this week, making me 4 hours behind.  My goal is to get 2 hours a day in but my 12-year-old is fighting a pesky bug.  As a matter of fact yesterday the doctor thought he was having the beginning of an appendix problem.  Thank heavens that today he is feeling much better.
Tuesday was SOOO exciting!  I was having a hard time reading the chart for ATS.  I couldn't tell the difference between 2 arrow shaped symbols and the colors for both are orangey/browns so that didn't help either.  There is a phone number on the chart and just out of curiosity I called it to see if anyone could help me with the symbols.  Guess who answered her phone?  Vilma Becklin of Examplar Dames!  Can you believe it!  I felt like a high school student council member talking to the President!  Vilma was so nice and helpful and answered all my questions and a bit more.  We had a long conversation about the wonderful world of stitching and a bit about how she designs. 
Thank you for all the nice comments and encouragement on this project.  Last week I had 2 followers and this week I have 10.  Wow!  Cyberland can be fun.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot to say that my husband made a bet with me that I wouldn't have ATS finished by Christmas.  Ha!  He said if I had it finished that he would pay to have it framed.  I don't think he realizes what he has gotten himself into!  He also said I still had to cook, clean, and do laundry so that made me sad :(  Can't I just stitch for 8 hours a day?  Well, till next Thursday...happy stitching and healthy days!


  1. You have a lovely blog and I enjoy looking at your stitching. :-)

  2. Hi dawn

    Wow war a nice comment you made about me and How kind and sweet of you to do it. In all honesty I do not consider myself special, I just have a love for cross stitching like you.

    I will be rooting for you since I know you will be able to finish it by Christmas, just remember it took between 5 and 6 months to stitch the model, so my votes go to you. it was also my pleasure to have spoken to you and feel free to call if I can be of further help.


  3. looking good, Dawn! Kepp it up.

  4. Beautiful progress! The symbols can be a little difficult to distinguish between each other. When in doubt - I look at photos of other stitchers' pieces. I've been stitching on ATS too, it's a fun colorful piece to stitch.

  5. Hello Dawn!!! found you through Tommye, that super stitcher we both know~~~ Isnt she the best??? Love this piece you have begun and cant wait to see it progress.... From another Carolina girl, Faye