Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Finish... and a message to Suzette....

Lizzie Kate - A Good Marriage - which includes the floss.  Stitched on Lambswool 28ct, one over one.  I'd like to restitch is again on something lighter.  The blocks of color photograph fine, but in real life they muddy into a blob, especially the gold.  But I split a material to make this match another Lizzie Kate. So maybe I'll stitch them both twice.

Okay, Suzette, one of the floss tube people, is looking for three of these patterns.  I didn't have any of them - but I went to my LNS yesterday - just to see if I could find a couple of floss tube out of print things.  I didn't find the one I was looking for, but I did find 5 of these. I came home and tracked down the sixth one - and ordered it. And I know where the seventh one is.  But I'm not on social media at all other than this blog.  So I can't email her directly. But my email is on this blog under the 'About Me' on the side - we will see if she can find me. 

Just to be clear, didn't buy them for her, she doesn't need them all at this point.  But I did need them all.  She was the inspiration for me revisiting the idea certainly.  But I would not just go get charts for somebody's blog or video.  I am not the wish fairy.  First, that outfit would never fit me.  But I will help people with stuff that I know is hard to get, or out of print.  

People are sometimes put in my path for a reason - and at times, I am put in the path of somebody else... and never a clue why....  so if she is supposed to find me - she will.  And if she does, I'd love to talk to her.  My life works exactly this way, but it's a crazy way to meet somebody.  And yeah, I do have that Halloween floss set.  It was given to me - by a different woman named Sue...

People put in the path of somebody else - there's a reason, but it's always a choice - you don't have to talk to the person.  They don't have to talk to you.  Most people are so wrapped up in whatever they are doing - they don't miss a beat, and are off to the next thing - when the trick is to pause and listen and notice.  A random person is not always random.  Normally people meet lots of other people in passing conversations. And the special people you are supposed to meet and talked to are just mixed in for you to find, or try to find.  They are there for only a minute sometimes with words you are supposed to notice and that is the end of what they need to say and you are supposed to hear.  But I don't meet or talk to hardly anybody - so almost everybody I meet is somebody I am supposed to notice.  And I have to slow down and notice, especially if a stranger starts a conversation with me.  And sometimes - I know I am that stranger starting that conversation with somebody else.  But it always puts me slightly out of my comfort zone, and I am sure it does for the people put in my path to talk to me too.  But it's never been a bad thing, so I always take the time to slow down and notice - because I am never sure - am I there for them?  Or are they there to talk to me?

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Okay - did you ever see a pattern, and just find it interesting, even though it's maybe not the usual style for you.  And maybe it's a new fabric to try... a new stitch...  stitching over one for a part of it would be new for you.... or maybe stitching over two is not the usual for your stitching.....maybe the floss is new...  but there is something, or a combination of things, and you just keep looking at it over and over and over....

And you know you don't need it.  It's not your style.  But you start to see that it might be a challenge.  Not a mountain to climb type of challenge.  But stepping outside the thing that you find really easy to do.  Something you look at, and the math is different... so how much floss do you really need?  And if you stitch it over two, with two - for me - that would be different.  But what if I didn't stitch it two over two... what if a single stitch is now really still one over one - so one stitch is four... like they do on faces and skin.  What if you did that on the whole pattern...  I've done that on something small - not skin, just the pattern.  But certainly not on something large.  Does that double the floss?  More? Less than double?   It would have to take more - but I'm not sure...
See, a challenge.  Because I'm not sure.

So I broke - this will be my challenge project to buy.  It started because it's a new fabric for me, in a count that most people would turn their nose up at.  So the fact that it was that count fabric - it might be in my path just for me...  because it's also the color the pattern was done on and and the same fabric dyer, just a different count.  And the fabric would have all sold out because the pattern was sold so much there really is no fabric left - but there is this odd count that I would find interesting to try this on.  It would take me forever - but would it work? - I am not used to counting to two - oh, it would be a challenge, because I'm taking it, and making it harder...  making every single stitch now four tiny stitches, which would take it back to a finer detail again...  would it look different?  well, skin on those girls does - so it should... maybe once I see it - I'll think something different.  But I want to try - I want to play with that idea...  I don't need it - I keep wanting to try a slightly different angle and version...  It would be like thinking - lets' try it on gauze...

It doesn't matter which pattern I'm talking about - it would be a different pattern for each of us. 

I ordered it all, the pattern, the fabric, the fancy floss.
I won't know till I try.  And I want to try - it's an expensive test of - can I do it?
But I've done this with other things.  Just not lately.  I'm never sure if it will work or not.  If I can or not.  But if stitching doesn't work - I'm pretty sure - nothing awful happens.

But it has to be the end of my binge.  It's enough.   The next thing I post will have to be a finish.  I want to go back to - use it up, wear it out.  I've had fun, I've restocked.  I'm happy with what I've got.  It's not all here yet.  But I have enough.
***and the next morning.... I ordered more...  Which I think completes my whole, want/wish list.  It had better...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Silly Floss Tube.... I listened to a woman say - they seem to be getting rid of a few x-stitch fabrics at  Hobby Lobby...  probably not going to carry them anymore...  on clearance... 
The video is from a couple days ago...  okay - I have nothing better to do, if I go look, it won't be on sale at my store, or they will already be out. 
They were on clearance - they were not already gone...
They are now.... 
And I went to the store the next town over- and cleared them out too.  It's not a great clearance - but it's 40% off without needing the coupon or a limit of just one thing 40% off.  Got the jobelan and a piece of belfast to try.  And the monaco that to me sucks -but for $4, would solve what to put those angels on...   (and it's at Michaels for $5 normally) So I used the coupon for magnets, and fiberfill, and stopped at Michaels and got a bag of their fiberfill for 1/2 off.  And I stopped at the LNS - and I cleared their Sulky Petites of white, black, and merlot.
 I was at three quilt shops, and asked about needle minders - they didn't have a clue what I was talking about - and one woman stuck her nose up in the air and said why would anybody need or want that? I said - you do know people are buying fabrics to make these bags for their stitching stuff right?  Not a clue what I was talking about...


About halfway with a few stitches missing yet.  Lizzie Kate - A Good Marriage - it's a kit, suggested is lambswool fabric and it is.

And Irene - I had to laugh - before posting that photo of stash - I'd done exactly that - tried to write and justify - I know exactly what you are talking about.  I finally, after hours and hours, erased it all, realized - I don't have to explain anything. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fabrics for Robin...

Okay Robin - here's your close ups...

It's all 28 count - some jobelan, lugana, and cashel.  I knew that the lugana and jobelan would not dye as deep or as mottled.  I had never stitched on cashel, let alone, washed, dyed and pulled wonky and out of shape cashel. 
It might help if you know the patterns I was planning to put on it - then you can picture just how far off  I might be.  So consider those old Lavender and Lace angels - there were seasons with wings.  I am trying for Winter and Autumn here.  So - blues, and then deep greens. 
And the Courtney- Knightmare,  knights helmet.   That was the grays...
There was the Jenny Bean Halloween - the house and graveyard - it says vintage barley - which was the same dmc  number as the marbled clay in the photo - it sucks, and I knew it might  Clay is something on the tires, not something I want to stitch on. 

that is jobelan 28 ct Babbling Brook - Both of them - my older scrap shows what I expected when I ordered more.... for the winter angel. 
That is PTP Nocturn cashel 28ct - it said it was a floss in the angle - it is way more gray than blue - some people do consider it for Knightmare - but think it is too dark to then stitch black on it.   Way too gray for a winter blue angle.
This is PTP Herald cashel 28ct.  It had the floss laying on it to show it's really dmc 501 and 502.  The autumn angel is that floss in her banner - I couldn't have gotten it closer - it is EXACTLY that color.

The darkest is  PTP Cyprium 28 ct cashel.  It  is exactly what the pattern suggests. 
The piece with the patterns on it - that's PTP Wren cashel 28 ct.  It is what the LaDDa calls for - but it's much darker.  It does look like it would be a match for the Spring pattern.  Looks exactly like that photo - but that not what they call out either. 
Bottom center - clay marbled jobelan 28 ct  -not really a Jenny Bean Halloween fit.

That gray in the corner - oh - that looks exactly like the LaDDa photo - it's Dense Fog jobelan. 
Here is a slightly different angle -
Dense Fog Jobelan 28ct.   I thought maybe Knightmare - but  it's at least the LaDDa - I like the cover photo. 
The Pink - that's PTP Diva - in Lugana 28 ct.  I wanted the wine version - Huntress - but it was backordered so this was the pink version -Diva.
The upper one is PTP Dapple cashel 28ct.  It is what Knightmare might be stitch on and darker than the Dense Fog below it, and the PTP Nocturn cashel to the right to compare. 
A wider shot - the upper three are PTP cashel - the lower two - jobelan.
And you can see that the Nocturn looks more dark than a winter angel should be. And black against it - probably not, too dark.  It's all lovely - but sometimes not for what I have in mind. 

I'll give you a list of what I now have coming from PTP fabrics
I ordered that stupid PTP wine colored Huntress in cashel.
And Doubloon lugana,
And Dapple lugana,
And Sand lugana,
And Legacy lugana.  
And Brash lugana,

and I just got the email that my PTP Huntress in lugana shipped today. 
The photo fabrics all came from 1,2,3 Stitch, except the Wren which was ABC Stitch. 
I know the PTP on lugana will not be as deep or mottled.  But I know I might find it more comforting to stitch on.  I'm looking forward to seeing what they send me... And if  it's slightly lighter - I'm fine with that idea.  Wren in lugana might be the answer to darker dye lots at the moment.   But I am not in a hurry - the patterns aren't here- the floss isn't here. 
That's the end of the fabric for today... back to stitching... 

DMC Floss Color Card -

Here's the link again...

DMC Floss Color Card - with REAL FLOSS SAMPLES

$24.99 with free shipping for orders over $20  - so free shipping.

I ordered two - one alone, another with needles.  Ordered them last Wednesday afternoon, and they arrived the following Monday in the mail.  Both of them, same day.
If you want to see what exactly you get for the samples of each of the colors - here is my photos.

That's exactly what you get - the blacks and variegated shows twice in my photos, but I want to show the last page with the specialty threads next to the others. 

There are times I think - I'd love to stitch this in a dark brown - but which one?  The reds I know - but sometimes you hit something you need to change - but to what is always the question.  Or the floss matched the fabric- is there a darker that is the same color family or is that the darkest?  Before it was a puzzle or dig out the floss.  Now - even on fabric they will say - it's like a dmc color number...  So I'd have to go dig out the floss - and I'd never have that color... so I still didn't know about the fabric.  Now I can just grab the card - write down the fabric numbers, and compare...  that's too yellow - too orange - that's perfect or close to what I'm wanting...  And before they were hanks of each color - that frayed - but these won't do that. 
And standing in a store in front of the dmc rack - the lighting is different than in my stitching spot.  I can love it in the store, and it looks dull and different when I get it home.  Stupid store lighting.  I understand not everybody needs or wants one, but I certainly did.
But for $25 - I'd maybe want to see exactly what it looks like.  So now you know. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

And Then...

I will show without going into detail - this is lately...

But this is also what happened...