Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Panda Growth Chart-In Progress Still

I spent most of Monday cleaning and doing things in the real house, including cleaning and reorganizing my mini workroom.  It looked like a tornado had spun through and there was no way I'd be able to find any tools or supplies in there once I'm ready to start constructing the roombox.

Then baking for the Guild meeting Tuesday morning took a front seat.  (It's still Monday night as I type this.  The post will appear as I head out to a Guild meeting in the morning.)  So perhaps most post for Wednesday will have the finished piece.  But for now I thought you'd like to see the progress.  Sorry about the picture, it's dark and I forgot to dig out my "upstairs" true color lamp.

As you can see I'm about halfway down.  There are three pandas in the design and four bamboo motifs.  I based the design off of the bunny-themed growth chart in Eileen Folk's Needlework Design for Miniature Projects

It's hard to tell in the picture but my threads are all variegated over-dyes by Weeks Dye Works.  Really the only color that you will be able to see any variation in is the light green.  But I loved the bright white and soft black and then the dark green came along for the ride.

This version of the design is being worked on ivory 22-count Hardanger.  I have another color of 22-count that I also liked.  The plan is to work the second one and decide which goes better in the room later.  Here is a picture of both fabrics with the fibers.
The darker color has a hint of green in it.  I'm not sure if it will be too green or just right when it's finished.

Now I would like to take a moment and thank the blog friends who are out looking for panda things, offering to make minis for this projects, and trying to come up with more ideas for the room.  You all are too fantastic for words.  I will be responding to your emails as soon as I can.  Thank you so very much.


Ana said...

A perfect job with a magnificent result. Congratulations

Katie said...

Hi! Good Lord....Have I missed a lot! Or should I say, You've been busy! Love the shabby shop....Love the nursey! And I love the story behind the Panda nursery....I'll have to look around here and see what I have!

Please don't take this the wrong way.... But you have a typo-at least I think it's a typo- that had me rolling... I think it's where the panda rocking horse is...You said you wish you could find one to fight you...I know you meant fit, but fight is sooo funny! I don't think I'd want to wrestle a Panda....lol...

OK...off to see what I can find!

ps....glad you liked the signs:)

Janice said...

You are a very kind and generous lady to take on this project when you have a busy and full life.

I am sure it will be very much cherished. I have looked in my toyshop but have only teddies but I will keep a look out for you at the next fair I visit

MiniKat said...

Thank you, ladies.

@Katie: I swear the pandas are indeed fighting me. They aren't making it easy for me to make this scene. I think I'll leave the typo as it is. ;-)

@Janice: Thank you for keeping your eyes peeled at the fairs. There's still a month before any of the semi-local shows start.

Leigh said...

It is so cute! Love the idea of a panda theme.