Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Code is Cracked...

This was the mail - and probably a direct result of watching stitching videos.  That tree pattern was lovely to see stitched in a video.  That middle one - oh, it's a biggie at 557 x 410 stitches, and I am an alphabet fan.  The Mermaids was the $50 - $80 on ebay pattern that you can still get for just $18.  from a couple stitching shops if you google search.  I ordered one more pattern, but it went backorder.
Okay, saying 'I am trying to hang in there' on a pattern must be code for - 'next time you will see something different'.  Ink Circles - Tapestry.  With the called for GAST flosses.  The bottom is the  center, the gold at the top is the top edge.  Stitched on PTP Sand 28 count lugana, one over one.  Should finish to be 7.1 inches square - that is a 7 inch hoop - so fill the hoop, plus the corners to make it square.  Easy Peasy...  The flosses are again showing a color difference in the photo - and in real life if you look at the floss - you can see - that is a blue, that is a green, but in a single thread - they look the same stitched next to each other.  The flowers petals are gray, which reads as almost pale lavender.  The floss is beautiful, but I have always been puzzled by this pattern.  Would I like it or not?  I like the fabric choice on Sand - which looks almost suede.  I've always wondered about stitching this in just a single color.  But decided to try the pattern first as written and see what I get .  Not enough here to tell yet. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Slowly - but hanging in there

 Still working on it.  The floss around the 13 is Weeks Terra Cotta.  And the fabric is Terra Cotta.  I was not sure it would show, but it does.  I discovered a counting error, but at this point, I'm not sure where, but the moon circle sits a row too low, but the rest of the math and borders  and words worked - so I don't really have a  clue, and even better, I don't care.  I am going with the theory - less is more...  so the plan is to drop a few things anyway.   I like it.  It is just going sort of slow. 
I said I did not want to buy random floss.  Even at a dime each.  Well....
I had to stop at Walmart - and last time I was there it was a dime other stores, but not this one.  So I looked this time - had to ask - and she pointed me to the clearance aisle.  It had not been picked over - so I just pulled what I liked.  I got 279 skeins.  Just under $30.  Once I had it sorted - there are 69 different colors.
So I had old actual floss bags - but they were kinda tacky - just old plastic I guess.  So I had heard you could use those food baggies in the snack size.   The length is a skein - so they fit nicely.  I put from 1 to 14 in each bag - but even at 14, it might have held a couple more.  I had the big metal center ring already from the floss baggies.  So I just took a paper hole punch tool and I punched a hole in each one.  It was not a clean cut - but stitching scissors make it easy to finish trimming out the holes.  So there are 279 floss all on one ring - filed by number.  Making it as easy as I can to check before just going to buy more.  I am so happy with the results of this.  I did actually shove them into the original floss baggies - but they had to be folded over, and it was bulky cause things were folded in the bags.  So it did not really fit on just a single ring.  So I pulled from all from the floss baggies, tossed them, and then used the food snack sized baggies.  And then not bulky at all.

One other thing.  On the Picture This Plus fabrics.  We are all puzzled about what a website photo will look like on the actually fabric that shows up at our mailbox.  I had ordered directly from Picture This Plus.  And I am ordering a lugana - and I know and understand - it's not going to look like that sample photo.  I'm fine with that - to a point.  But we ALL hate it.  So while on 123 Stitch, I have always known - on regular fabrics they say - like dmc number something - so you can at least get an idea.  But I was looking at the Ale - I felt it should have been darker.  So I looked on 123 Stitch, and thought maybe if I just buy the linen.  But when I looks up that fabric - it said the color, then it said - like dmc number...  And you think - yeah, but maybe it says the same for aida, or evenweave and linen.  But it does NOT do that - the dmc compare number for PTP Ale on linen, is different from the PTP Ale on lugana.  So I compared mine to that dmc number for lugana - and it is the same  So I looked up the linen version.  And there are two different numbers for lugana and linen, but they are really very close to my fabric.  Okay, I saw  one called Storm.  So I looked it up - it looked gray.  So it had the dmc compare numbers - so I looked them up - and they were blues, not grays at all.  But that was the only place I've seen with the dmc compare numbers listed with the PTP fabrics.  But like I said - different number for different fabrics.  But for the PTP fabrics that 123 Stitch is selling and stocking - it's obvious, they are trying to get the numbers right using the stock they have.  And it's still going to change from time to time - but if I am looking for a gray, and the dmc numbers are blue - it's a HUGE help right there.  I know they have been doing that on the other fabrics for a long time - but now - they are doing that on those PTP fabrics too.   Maybe making life easier trying to pick a fabric.  But unless you notice - you don't know.  And I was buying direct to get a certain color - so I had not been looking at the 123 Stitch fabric pages.  But I will be from this point forward on PTP fabrics. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

More dmc 310...

Good Grief, there is a lot of just dmc black on this.  But I put the skeins on there to show size. 
As I said before, I was looking for an orange - got this Terra Cotta, dmc 3064 basically.  But I looked again, on the 28 count even weaves - just not much to pick from.  So I tried the 25 count even weaves and I think one there is an orange that will work.  Only need a $6 cut to do two different projects.  There is also a Victorian Red that is supposed to be dmc 814  - which is a color I like, so a fabric of that color might be fun to play with - and all I need of that is a $6 cut. 

So this was the mail.  All lugana 28 count, PTP fabrics.  Top is Ale, left is Shadow, right is Lupine.  Lupine is not even close to a medium/dark rich brown on lugana.    I wanted the Shadow to be right - it is - the other two, I've tried for hours to say something nice - I can't.  Gonna leave it at that, go back to stitching.  I got my PTP sale fabrics, bigger cuts of other colors, they were fine.  But I have enough of the dyed fabrics at this point to keep me busy. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

That is not orange...

Oh, not the colors in real life again.

The fence part is halfway across - those stitches are about maximum for my comfort level of one over one.  That dying process shrinks that PTP 28 count just enough...   I'm going to hang in there.  The fence got started so I could tell which way was up.  I normally start in the lowest right, and this is the upper left, but if you saw my chart, it's upside down.  Allowing me to start, lower right and really be upper left.  Cause I am stitching it upside down.

But this week the mail brought small piece of fabric - under $3.  It's Terra Cotta 28 ct jobelan. 
I wanted to do the Goode Huswife pattern, Book of Spells.  Which would be an orange fabric.  So I ordered the floss and Terra Cotta, but it's not an orange, which is fine.  But one of the flosses in the pattern?  Terra Cotta.  So I decided this still might work.  And I wanted to spent some time filling in the black to be able to get to the other colors.  The black is all just the same skein of dmc.  Maybe I should have just gone with Queen Anne's Lace and away from the orange fabric.  So I still might do that.
It does not bother me to stitch something twice.  In my head it is stretching my stash.  But I'd prefer to not have versions on different fabrics all started at the same time.  Autumn on Bear Mountain was the exception.

Stitching is just playing with floss, fabric and patterns.  And using it to relax.  So I'm going to try the odd things from time to time.  Even knowing I might not like it. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Lost Floss Update

The LOST FLOSS - has been FOUND!!!

All those times I said I went thru the started projects - and I have several...  it was just put away with the Prairie Schooler Alphabet start. It was in a 7 compartment floss box.  I am sure I had 6 things started, and finally decided to put away 4 or 5, and the floss got put with what I thought it went with.

I am just glad to find it.  And I also found the floss color page of one deer pattern filed with the sampler of some girl name.  Clearly my filing methods need more work. 

There is something else I'm looking for in my house. And I know I did find that  a year or more ago, and then considered if I should keep it or not - or just toss it.  And I now want to find THAT - but if I put it away - it is not the obvious places, or it's behind and slightly hidden, but I also might have tossed it.  And nope, I can't replace it - I just get to look for it.  But I might have toss it.  At least the floss I knew was not tossed on purpose - this other thing - might have and now I'm on a fool's errand.

Oh, we all need a 'Fool's Errand' sampler.   That even sounds like a Long Dog Sampler name...
Squirrel!   Shiny Thing!!!    At least I can laugh about it.  And I found the FLOSS!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The missing floss...

The Adventures of the Missing Floss...
I even did that 'c' word....  'cleaned'.   Still no floss.  I vacuumed deep into the unseen folds of the sofa... I found a pen.  No floss.  I looked thru the stash a third or fourth time, thru the individual kitted patterns - nope.

And we all know the quickest way to find it - you go buy all the floss to replace the missing floss - times two - cause I need floss to do the version on the second fabric, and the missing floss goes with the first version on cream.  I was always gonna have to buy floss for a second one. 

So I bought floss - lots of floss.  I made a list - I went to Walmart to see if I could find some of that mythical 10 cent floss in numbers I needed for my patterns.  I am NOT gonna just buy random floss.  Even at 10 cents.  And I did get 35, and some needles.  I stitch with dmc needles - but they can vary in quality wildly - even these for 50 cents.  If you buy 50 cent needles - pay attention - some of the eyes were HALF the normal length.   I'd have cringed to pull out that needle - and see that was what I was going to have to thread - all the same needle I have been buying - but what you get in those packs from there - you never know.  I have gotten beautiful needles, and seen crap needles that are new and bent.  I have bought them direct from dmc - and they are beautiful needles - so I am always looking at them to know exactly what is in each package - cause it's never the same each time - not from Walmart it's not.  The package looks the same - the needle changes every time.  And I got the odd two packs that still had normal eyes - but probably the last time I look at needles there.  And floss for that matter.

Then I went to Michael's to fill out the list till I ran out of cash.  They had 20% off the order total - so 41 and 42 cent floss - after the discount.  I got 86 more floss there.  I'm still 40 short from finishing the list I made.  I might go back  - I'll be the woman paying with quarters and change.  I would just like to start something and finish it.  Even a floss list would do.  ** I did go get the rest of the floss.  Sorted and with the proper patterns.
And now that I have gotten the replacement floss - I'm expecting to find that missing floss.  In the dishwasher, the freezer, under the bathroom sink - just dropping from the sky.  If I shows up - you'll hear about it. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Just to Compare...

A few threads to compare the two.  It's brown, really.
And I looked for the floss, it should be with the pattern and the uncompleted first version after all.
Ha, ha, ha, ha....  yeah, the floss isn't there.  But since nothing seems to go very far, it's gotta be right here.
Grrrrr....  and I've looked twice thru the started basket, and thru the kitted basket.
It's here, somewhere, not split up into other things.  Certainly NOT put away.  Ha ha ha...  I don't even have to consider that I might have put it away.  Mostly I just wanted to check some of those leaf colors against the fabric color.  But no clue where the floss has gone, fallen behind the sofa...?  it's here and in a baggie.  There ARE 24 skeins of dmc for this, and I've obviously used some of them, in a baggie...
So I just stopped - Fine.  I'll take it as a sign from the world, to pick up and put away the other things.  Some of the charts I was thinking, they are small - not gonna make a copy - so I'm even fine with stopping to put away into separate zip lock bags.  And I look again - pull up the sofa cushions, look behind the sofa - I don't have pets, nobody has been in my house.  I've run out of piles near my stitching spot to look thru.   I looked thru the totes of material, thinking they got piled into that while looking for material for other projects...  nope to all of that.  A bag of 24 floss, not exactly a little thing.  Is it possible I tossed it - yep.  My wastebasket is near, if you drop a remote into it - it goes - ka-chunk, but a bag of floss....  covered by a tissue - a sack - might go un-noticed.
So - I HAVE black - so I guess I continue with black.  I'm not even gonna rule out ghosts or aliens.  In MY world - people think they can resell my grave and just move me...  Houses blow up next door to my friends.  People just pull into my driveway and climb up on my  roof.  And if I leave for a day, people mow my yard and cut my bushes.  Floss gremlins?  My projects never leave the house, ever.  So not in a car.  I don't even stitch in another room. Well, I'm gonna have to go buy a second set anyway to stitch it twice...  I don't even think it's on cards - but I can't remember.  Making me feel dumber if that is possible.
**  I just spent 3 hours sorting and organized a box of stitching things.  And still did not find it. **
It's clearly going to be a - no sharp objects near me - weekend.
But what this shows me - I have ENOUGH.