I am really torn

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
I am really torn
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Sat, 11-05-2011 - 1:45am

I have a chance through the Shinning Needle Society to do a one year project. It is a kimono that has 90 different stitches in it and many many colors. It is $120 for the class before I buy the threads and the fabric or canvas. It is really advanced and beautiful. But do I want to do a class that will take a year to do? I have another class that is supposed to take 4 months that I am waiting for. I wish it would hurry up a get here!! I may know about this on Thursday when the guild meets. BUT I am so torn because the kimono class has a really good and experienced teacher whose has taught over the internet before. It is a lot of money but certainly cheaper than if I took the class in a local needlework store, if it were even offered.

I hope you can follow this link to see it: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SNS_Home_Room/photos/album/1849311110/pic/933832231/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Sat, 11-05-2011 - 11:52am

It appears you have to be a member of the group and allow Web Access (whatever that is) to see what you have linked.

It sounds like a wonderful opportunity, but I can understand your hesitation. Afraid I can't help much with the decision, although I am inclined to say go for it if you can afford it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Sat, 11-05-2011 - 11:55am
I couldn't get to the site, but it sounds like an amazing experience and a project that will really be treasured.

For me, it would be hard to commit to a whole year. Is it once a week? Or monthly? If it was monthly I might be more apt to go for it.

Sorry I'm not much help. I guess it all depends on your plans for the year and how commitment-phobic you may or may not be! :-)
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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Sat, 11-05-2011 - 12:38pm

I couldn't get to the site either... not a member.

Anyway, if the "installments" are monthly, it might be doable. After all, you can average the cost over that 12 months as well so it wouldn't feel so expensive. (Can you see how I rationalize? LOL)

And I agree with Kellie, this sounds like a project to be treasured --- not just for the end product but also for the experience.

The big question is, can you do the four-month and the 12 month at the same time and still have a life? I find I can do all these different things but... I'm accomplishing less. I have four projects on the go right now, not counting my travel project, and I'm not completing anything! And there are at least 4 more coming in the mail any day now! AAARGH! DInner does have to be cooked, laundry does have to be done, litter b0x does need to be scooped... KWIM?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Sun, 11-06-2011 - 12:11pm

OMG --- is THIS the project?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Sun, 11-06-2011 - 7:42pm

Yes, Carol this is it!!

I just found out that my group correspondence course through EGA isn't going to start until January but I am going to get the treads this Thursday. I can start the blackwork border now and then do the class after the first of the year.

Now can I do two classes at exactly the same time? I love Maggie Lane and I have a number of her books in my stash. I am sure that I first saw the Kimono there. But this is so gorgeous although I certainly don't like his colors! I think I would like to stitch it on Congress cloth as that is really nice to stitch on. My plaid purse is stitched on congress cloth. I like the fact that you can't pull it too badly out os shape although I don't pull thinks out of shape!!

I am going to stitch my GCC on congress cloth. The teacher called for off white with red thread so I chose cornflower blue with fuschia colored thread and two different silvers. I think it is called starry night and I thought this would be prettier and better fit my decor.

I hope Liz and Kelli will look at your link.

I find this so exciting. I think I just have to do it!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 11-07-2011 - 12:27am
maryfrances40 wrote:

Yes, Carol this is it!!

I just found out that my group correspondence course through EGA isn't going to start until January but I am going to get the treads this Thursday. I can start the blackwork border now and then do the class after the first of the year.

Now can I do two classes at exactly the same time? I love Maggie Lane and I have a number of her books in my stash. I am sure that I first saw the Kimono there. But this is so gorgeous although I certainly don't like his colors! I think I would like to stitch it on Congress cloth as that is really nice to stitch on. My plaid purse is stitched on congress cloth. I like the fact that you can't pull it too badly out os shape although I don't pull thinks out of shape!!

I am going to stitch my GCC on congress cloth. The teacher called for off white with red thread so I chose cornflower blue with fuschia colored thread and two different silvers. I think it is called starry night and I thought this would be prettier and better fit my decor.

I hope Liz and Kelli will look at your link.

I find this so exciting. I think I just have to do it!

I think they said he was going to "offer" several different color ways... I think I will want to do it too, although I really like the original "neutrals", maybe with a touch of metallic...

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Mon, 11-07-2011 - 1:36pm

They have 13 different color ways. Most of them are using floss and I don't often stitch with floss anymore. I am hoping to use some of my

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 11-07-2011 - 3:35pm

I just joined Shining Needle ... Gave in!

I've never stitched on congress cloth before but I like the idea of a smaller piece. The piece on canvas is so BIG!

I was thinking shades of blue, purple and green - a combo of two of his color ways... Which works with my kitchen colors. But the early fall on brown also appeals to me...

I have a huge stash of cotton flosses - not so much silk and metallics. Hmmmm, this could be costly!

Not sure why we care about the canvas/congress cloth color if it's supposed to be finished like in the picture ... Unless it cuts down on "confetti" show through... (edited to add that I finally read the info thoroughly and, indeed, it is because the canvas shows through some stitches...)

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-23-2001
Tue, 11-08-2011 - 6:01am

Oh Wow, Mary Frances!

Liz

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Wed, 11-09-2011 - 5:41pm

Carol,

This should be fun stitching together, at least via cyberspace! I wonder if we can Liz to join in too?

I think it is easier to stitch on congress cloth. I hope you like it. Too bad you can't come back out here and we could go shopping for threads and fabric! Do remember you can order it from Needle in a Haystack or through the teacher.

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