Sunday, 20 September 2009

New Beginnings - Medieval Town Mandala

Thank you one and all for all your lovely comments about my mermaid and my cats. They made my heart sing.

For those of you who asked, I have ordered the cat pattern for you, but as it has to come from afar, it may be a month before it drops into your letterbox. I'm not into a simple photocopy job because I sincerely think that Isabelle Vautier deserves her 2c worth for such brilliant designing.

It's now time to introduce my next project (not that I haven't already got enough going) - Medieval Town Mandala (aka MTM) designed by Martina Weber. You've all heard of a BAP - a Big Arsed Project, right? Well, this is a B$P - big dollar project. To kit up MTM from scratch here in Australia cost more than $300.00US. It's my 50th birthday gift to myself, I figure.

Here is the kit. I'm using Antique White Lugana 32 count and all the recommended silks. I've got to tell you that it is simply gorgeous just seeing it all together!



This photograph shows my first days of stitching. I've gridded the fabric, as I always do with my big projects and I started on the left upper-most corner. This is contrary to how the group stitched it because I bought the pattern AFTER it was published and I cannot find the centre on the jumbled pattern that Martina hands out after the group finishes. I'll get to it, I'm sure!

The best part of the project is that Spring break from The College of Nerds started on Friday, so I have two glorious weeks of stitching when I want to stitch while The MOTH is working out of town. Woo hoo!



Wish you were here to do a stitch-along-together on this one.

Happiness & laughter to one and all,

Felicity

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18 comments:

Chars said...

WOW - What a BEAUTIFUL and EXPENSIVE (but looks worth it) Project :) You have made a great start to it too. Look forward to seeing progress pics!!

Sharon said...

Gosh you are off to a great start! I haven't the courage to tackle one of those. My favorite so far is Taj Mahal!

Brigitte said...

Wow, you made a great start on your new project. Medieval Town is one of my favourites of her mandalas but although I like them very much I think they are not made for me. I still have one of her mysteries from years ago and it has become my official UFO (although I plan to finish it - one day)

Wendy said...

thank you for your lovly comment on my blog, I really appriciate it !

this new project looks very interesting, with all those threats and beads.
can't wait to see your progress on it !
but judging by the but you have already done it wil be beautiful !

Bizee Fingers said...

Well first Happy Birthday to you!!

What a beautiful chart, and Im positively drooling over all the flosses and beads!

I hope you have much enjoyment stitching up that lovely piece, I look forward to seeing your progress!

Thank you for sharing it with us!
Karen

www.bizeefingers.blogspot.com

stitcherw said...

It's going to be awesome when it's all finished, the colors and design are gorgeous. You've made a wonderful start too, great progress.
Sue

Carolyn NC said...

Good grief - you're off to a fantastic start! Have fun!

Alberta said...

I'm glad I was sitting down when I read your post about the B$P of this gorgeous undertaking! Wow! But you are so worthy of this and so much more.

Suzanne said...

I would love to stitch one of these mandalas one day too, but alas the expense. This is a beautiful design you have chosen and you have already made excellent progress.

Anne Sans Tete said...

beautiful start! i look forward to seeing your progress on this piece.

The Pegster said...

Those Mandalas - they are stunning aren't they just! Good prezzie and always good to treat yourself. Keep us updated.

Mylene said...

Great design and you have made a very good start.

CindyMae said...

Great new design!! What a gorgeous start!

Judith said...

Well believe me it is better to start from a corner than from the middle as otherwise you will be stitching 4 times the same things. It was a joy to stitch, but yes very expensive.
Enjoy stitching it.

Shelleen said...

what an expensive piece but will be worth it when done and you have a great start to it.

Margaret said...

Love it! Love it! Makes me want to start my Egyptian Garden. Unlike you I just have the pattern and fabric so need to spend the $$$ for floss and a zillion beads. Perhaps a 2010 project. Are you stitching 1/2 or 2/2?

Sonda in OR said...

MTM's going to be fabulous. I have purchased Caribbean but am in the process of choosing a fabric and sloooowly purchasing the fibers and embellishments. I think it will be the ONE Chatelaine design that I will do.

Terri said...

A wonderful birthday present. Your progress is great. I'm working on Caribbean and it's coming along nicely. The kits are not cheap in Canada either. So I do know what you mean.