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2 hours ago, KathieB said:

Do you have a light table or light box to use with your leaded glass work? Maybe if you work over it ... <just thinking :hmm: >

What about putting a lamp on the floor under your frame?

 

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10 hours ago, blueirishmoon said:

Thanks! Slow seems to be working better for me. Variety, smaller portions, and a few other things have helped too. Almost finished with my current stitching project, but I ran out of the color of embroidery thread I was using, so I have to get more. Decided to start something else, but it's hard to see the holes as the fabric is black. I've been holding it up as I stitch so the overhead light shines through the back, but that makes my arms tired.

I wonder if it would help if you placed a mirror under the fabric with a light above, maybe the light would reflect back up through the holes in the fabric?

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All good suggestions, which I'll keep in mind for the future, as I've almost finished it. What seems to help a little is if I'm wearing a light colored shirt, I look down at the project, and the lighter color shows through the tiny holes. I think working with the silk gauze is less difficult, even though the stitches are smaller, because I have magnifiers which take care of that problem. Dinner tonight was Chinese takeout. I had orange chicken which is glazed with orange peels and chili peppers, white rice, and some egg drop soup. Mmm. Eating my dessert now, some very spicy ginger snaps.

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I may have to revise what I said about silk gauze! Just started a project using 40 count, and it's a little more difficult than the 30 count. Just have to work more slowly, I guess. Dinner with the parents was delicious. My dad grilled some steak, and I had a baked potato and some corn with mine. No salad, because it was a treat night.

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Well, guess I am either going to Hobby Lobby (if they are open) to buy porch rails or I am going to have to order online and delay putting on the Bellingham porch details until later.  I have been trying to use as much from my stash as possible and was so happy to find some railings.....but ended up 3" short!  ARGH!  Hate when that happens! :doh:

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38 minutes ago, jbnmini said:

Well, guess I am either going to Hobby Lobby (if they are open) to buy porch rails or I am going to have to order online and delay putting on the Bellingham porch details until later.  I have been trying to use as much from my stash as possible and was so happy to find some railings.....but ended up 3" short!  ARGH!  Hate when that happens! :doh:

Me too! That's how we end up with a stash in the first place....buy too much or too little, in the stash it goes. Maybe you can  find something on eBay?

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Helped mom make dinner tonight. Italian stuffed shells and sooooo good! Enough leftovers for a repeat dinner on the weekend, too. Made some nice progress on the unicorn screen. I'm into filling in the background now, and the navy blue is making all the other colors really pop. A few more days of steady stitching should see it finished. Next project: a needlepoint picture of a mountain lake scene done on 40 count gauze. Then I think I'll switch back to the 30 count.

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Camera is here and test driven. LOL. Will post photos later. Later is here and I'm having a little trouble. Can't seem to download the photo editing software that goes with it, and having a bit of a head scratch over how to connect camera to internet connection so I can transfer pictures to my pc. Will have to do more reading I guess to puzzle it out.

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Finished the unicorn screen tonight while watching a movie I remember seeing on tv as a child, the seventh voyage of Sinbad? That animation of the creatures and the hammy acting is so corny, but enjoyable nonetheless. On to the next project tomorrow, the mountain lake picture. Dinner with the parents beforehand, Dad is planning on grilling cheeseburgers.

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4 hours ago, blueirishmoon said:

...That animation of the creatures and the hammy acting is so corny, but enjoyable nonetheless...

Ray Harryhausen was the best of the stop-motion animators and his work raised the bar that led to the CGI animation we see today; but some of it IS hard to watch...

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44 minutes ago, grazhina said:

I wound up laying there, folded up, my head and shoulders leaning against the steps and my knees up in the air.

Yikes! Good on you for extricating yourself!

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17 hours ago, blueirishmoon said:

Finished the unicorn screen tonight while watching a movie I remember seeing on tv as a child, the seventh voyage of Sinbad? That animation of the creatures and the hammy acting is so corny, but enjoyable nonetheless. On to the next project tomorrow, the mountain lake picture. Dinner with the parents beforehand, Dad is planning on grilling cheeseburgers.

I loved those movies as a child too! I tried to get my kids to watch one and they were bored.

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My mom was planning on watching with me, but she had forgotten she promised to have dinner with my aunt, so I watched it alone. Reception was sketchy tonight with the few thunderstorms that were passing through, so my star trek reruns were interrupted. Still, made a good start on the new project despite that.

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