Thursday, October 29, 2015

Filling in, and starting something new...

 Spent a couple days filling in the birds and the bottom line trees, etc.  I had skipped ordering a brown, but then decided to use the suggested floss, so I am waiting for it to arrive.  It shipped today.

I started this - Peaceful Paradise from Midsummer Night Designs.  It is slow stitching so far.  The idea was to get the black borders done, I have used one skein of the floss so get this far.  Stitching on 25 count antique white jobelan, one over one, since I had that in my stash.  The clouds around the sun are not white but more of a smog brown.  Khaki Mocha is the cloud color.  I am using the suggested floss list.  It has been interesting to stitch several different designs by the same designer one right after the other.  Paradise is the third one, and I have three more of her designs I can continue with.

I did fix the couple of floss areas that bothered me on the Time design from the last blog entry.  I fixed the text, I restitched the teal flowers to be darker. 
My furnace got turned on tonight.  I planned to go to my mom's house and light that one too, but I just drove around instead.  So I will HAVE to go tomorrow.   ** And I did, and I mowed... Hooray!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Two Finishes

 Above shows how far one skein of floss will get you from finishing....  seven words....
So if you order this pattern, order two purples.  I thought perhaps because I had used one half strand to test on a different fabric, it was going to bite me, but I was about two complete strand lengths short.
I lucked out because I needed one for this pattern, and one for another pattern, so I had ordered two.   I could have made the angels a different color, but since I did the angels first, I had to just stitch down to using it all.  So fair warning - you might make it, I stitched one over one, on 28 count antique ivory.  The pattern suggests one strand over two - even on a smaller count over two - I would never have made it.  The green is enough - there were two lengths of the 6 ply left - but not that purple.  And maybe if I fussy stitched it - I could make it - I am not saying it is impossible - but I don't like to stitch and worry.  My suggestion - an extra purple - you will need it - and if your count is larger - maybe an extra green.
Above shows it finished - hooray!
The photo shows it dark, it is antique ivory - not tea dyed anything.  Nice pattern.  I needed to fussy stitch the flowers to get them more dark than the lightest shades - I needed to do that to the colors in the text too.  I did some just to see how light the light flowers would get - and the teal on the left flowers is really light and in the text four lines from the bottom - 'time' in teal - needs to just be fussy stitched darker.  It looks almost like a smear or erasure.  As for pattern errors, only a couple with the commas.  When I read the text as I was stitching - I guess I hadn't read it through...  I was stitching from the bottom up - and when I got to the part -  'refrain from embracing' - I stopped to read...
I finally tied it to the song - Turn, Turn, Turn - and the words in the song are not quite the same as what I was stitching - which is still fine.  Then I got to - 'a time to plant' - 'a time to pluck up what is planted' - and I thought - 'reap', the word is 'reap', not 'pluck up'.  But way too late to change things at that point.  The two hyphenated words bothered me - but I was just stitching the pattern, per the pattern.  I did omit the two hearts above the birds heads.  I considered something else - I just left it plain. And yes, I am picking it apart - but I must have liked stitching it - it IS the first thing I have stitched from beginning to end for a LONG time.
And I finished 'Mind Your Manners'.  I re-stitched the 'D's and blocks of color around them.  It worked much better stitching the letter last on the color field.  It calls out for lots of colors on the pattern, I wanted to use the same red, the same text and color block floss as suggested.  I think fewer colors is fine, simple.  A great pattern works with lots of colors, not just the suggested colors.

I am trying to pick up stitching on other UFOs - I tried the green cardinal - it was not stitching well, so I picked up the other memorial sampler and I am adding the missing colors of floss that I now have. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Finally a photo

Well, if I use my old tower computer instead of the laptop, I can post photos...
So it is a setting I have wrong on the laptop, but a complete mystery where on the laptop...
I just hate computer crap like that.

Back to stitching...
I had the 'Don't let your mood' completed on the Abby Rose - Mind Your Manners design, but the 'D's are stitched in a color field block - and because I stitched the letter then the surrounding color field, my letter was not standing out clearly, so I decided the answer was to stitch the color field block, then add the letter at the end.  So I picked out the stitching, and will stitch it again.  This is important to me because another pattern I got has several letters stitched in color field blocks, so learning this now, will help me from screwing this up later in a major way.  And I did change the colors - I used the suggested red, but I made the flowers that same red instead of pink, and I just used a green from my stash.  I used the different blacks, there are two or three, and I used I blue from my stash for the ABC, 123.  I DID buy and use the suggested colors for the lettering text, and the shading color block around the 'D's', I liked it on the pattern, I figured I could never match it, or make it better.  I can't really tell there is a difference in the blacks quite honestly.  The pink hoop is 5 inches across, the design is 4 inches x 2.5 inches.  Which lets you notice that stocking is NOT even 4 inches wide... 

The stocking...  yep, stitching over one makes it really narrow... 

And I started 'Time' from Midsummer Night Designs.  It is one of her new designs, and still available to order from Attic Needlework.  I am using the suggested floss, and calling it my sherbet colors floss, which is really different colors than I have stitched before.  Most of the text is in purple, and I am concerned if there will be enough floss, so I am finishing the top half, then will stitch the text.
Stitching it on antique ivory, 28 count, one over one.  I thought perhaps a light gray fabric, so I started on that, stitched a few words of text, then felt the light purple was iffy... so I started it on the antique ivory that the pattern suggested to compare.  I just felt the gray was too drab, so I picked out what I had stitched, and returned the fabric to my stash.  The only change I have made was to give the birds black eyes.  They really just needed that one stitch, and the pattern suggested nothing, but nothing made the head look odd.

In other news - I turned 55 yesterday. 
I have nothing to complain about - I am happy, healthy - both in non-standard situations.  Could be better, but could be SO much worse.  I know the difference. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Stitching Away

I am stitching away - but the last three days the blogger site won't let me post photo to do an update.
I have more done on the stocking - and I started yet another small project.  It is just a three night project, so I expect to have it completed later tonight.  I will try again to post a photo again at that point.  Maybe I am just at my limit on this blog for the photos I can upload....

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Why....

Why is it easier to stitch a new project than it is to finish something already nearly finished?  Or is that just me?