I promised you a picture of the Beetle in its final format, so here you go. When it comes back from the framers, I'll take another picture - I've gone for a natural wood frame and a pale ivory mount, as close to the cream on the right side of the bonnet as I could get.
Now that the Beetle is done, the plan was to try and get back to normal. However since completing the Beetle, I've had a thought which has set me another deadline.
The initial idea was to stitch the Cat for my friend who is currently in the States. But while I was doing some work on my family history, I was reminded that my aunt, nanna of the Noah's Ark baby, will be 70 in August, just a fortnight after my father, and she also loves cats. So the new plan is to stitch the Cat for my aunt by the beginning of August.
I've been working on the Cat today in between loads of laundry. If you remember, the first picture that I took didn't show the fabric very well so I said that I would take the next picture outside. So I did, and this is how it came out. Unfortunately the sun was going down so you still don't get a really good idea of the colour of the fabric, although it is slightly better than pictures taken inside with flash.
However, regardless of the new deadline that I have now inflicted on myself, I am going back to work on Carnation as of tomorrow morning. It will seem strange to be working on the floor frame again.
This is how it looked when I stopped work on it in order to get the Noah's Ark done. I need to finish the column on the right and then do the bottom row in order to complete Page 1. I would like to do that before the first anniversary of this piece on 25 May. What are my chances? Your guess is as good as mine.
Just a couple of catch-ups - nothing to say about the wool and as for the job, well, I chased earlier this week, only to get an email response that they've now frozen recruitment for this post! It is over 3 months since I first applied and was asked to come for interview. Ok, so the initial delay was understandable under the circumstances, but I am more than a little narked about being messed about like this.