Wednesday, April 22, 2015


I made the attempt to draw out the The Sins version.  The photo is of the computer drawing of the pattern.  It actually went very quickly, taking less than two hours to get this far.  I noticed that there is a big difference.  The words used in the other design are mostly more letters, where this is mostly fewer letters and therefore needs more fill.  I am not sure if that is right or wrong or just different.  I know I will always prefer the Virtues pattern to whatever I can come up with for Sins.  Now that I consider this - maybe that the letters would be in red and the rest in black make a difference.  Because the letters of the Cardinal Virtues that I listed in the last entry use more letters, I am already thinking I might prefer THAT version.  But the answer isn't to just do Virtues versions - that was not the point. 
And I just got distracted after that.

I have old tvs, and I wanted to hook up a blu-ray dvd player to them.  I figured out how to do that - and am very happy watching the results.  I have lots of dvds, just not blu-ray till now. 

I went to go see - True Story - this week at the movies.  I saw a tv short story about it, then I wanted to see the movie,  and after the movie I ordered the book to read.  I am enjoying my cheap movie day, even going by myself is just fine.  I sometimes ask silly questions of people.  I asked the girl that runs the ticket booth at the movie multiplex - there are 16 movies showing - Do you guess as people come up to the window which movie they are going to go see when you look at them?  She smiled and said - yes, she does do that.  And we both laughed and I admitted that I thought I would do that too.  I said - Do you usually guess right?  She said, she was right about half the time. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Seven Virtues finished

A shadowed photo, but it reflects closest to the finished colors.  The red is slightly redder / wine.
I am calling it done - I might need to slip a little star between - THE and VIRTUES.  I don't want to use the number. 
La-D-Da's - The Seven Virtues.  Stitched on 28 count Queen Anne's Lace, one over one.
Stitched with dmc 310 (black), dmc 902 (red), and dmc 413 (gray).
What I changed besides the floss colors - The title line - I widened the 'H'.  There was one small pattern change so one letter would match others.  I skipped the little extra stitches in the 'O''s and next to the 'L'.  I tightened up the spacing on Humility - there were extra around the 'L' and I wanted to widen the skinny H in Humility.  I removed a stitch to make the center line of the 'E's all shorter and more defined.  I made a single stitch black border instead of a two stitch width. What I have now noticed in starting to draw the next one out is that the numbers are one stitch taller in the 4, 5, 6, and 7.  I guess I stitched it that way the first time - I will stitch it the same in the next one.
I went with making it simple.  The floss with fill in the stitch gaps once I iron it and steam it slightly. Below is a photo of the pattern suggested version if you would like to compare.
I had the software to draw out The Sins version next and got in on the computer.  But I can stitch the border out without having to draw it all out first. While looking for a suggested order to put them in - I found a list of "Capital Virtues".  They are as follows and are supposed to be the answers for the Sins.  For example - Chastity is for Lust - Temperance is for Gluttonly...  Diligence is for Sloth...
The list of those is - Chastity, Generosity, Temperance, Love, Meekness, Humility, Diligence.
Interesting that lots of stitchers would probably follows those words also as descriptive of themselves.  I don't know if I want to stitch a third one...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quick Update

 A quick photo update.
My stitching had just the FORG --- NESS for days - I looked at it every time convinced that one of the virtues should be forgetfulness. 
I am with you - I think the sins project should be Pride and Wrath.  So per your suggestion - it will be Pride and Wrath.  Thanks for helping.
Tuesday is  $5 movies all day.  I went to see the animated 3D movie called Home.  I was the only person in the theater.  So I got a private 3D showing.  I sat in the back for most of the show - but I had wondered what it would be like way down front.  I went to the fourth row and watched the last third from there.  3D animation is really big that close to the screen.  Then I went to see Woman In Gold about the Klimt painting.  They were both nice movies.  It did make me wish I could see the Klimt painting in person.  That is never going to happen. But the best shots filmed were certain of the painting, and on a big theater screen it was beautiful.   

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Need Some Help

Okay, I need some help.  I admit to having nearly zero knowledge about religion. 
I am really working on the companion piece to go with this one.  The material is cut.
My question comes to which word is more common - and I have no clue.
The Sins are - Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, Sloth.

But sometimes Pride is Vanity.
I can use either word - all the letters I need are in this design to do either word - but which is normal or more common???  And I understand depending on the bible version or religion or maybe just the United States version versus the European version might be more common one way or the other.  But I have no clue, and since you ladies are from all over the world - you are my best source -

Again - Anger is sometimes listed at Wrath.  Which is more common?  To me the bible used the term - God's Wrath -  I don't know if they were talking about anybody else's Wrath - or if everybody else was just Anger - so I am not sure which word to use.  Again, the letters used in this design will fit either word.  "W" isn't used, but I can flip the "M" and get a "W" that will work. 
That's the questions....
Pride Or Vanity???
Anger Or Wrath???
Just for fun - Greed is sometimes listed as Avarice or Covetousness.  I am NOT using those words, Greed works just fine for me.

The Pride versus Vanity question.  I get a bit hung up on the whole Pride and Prejudice thing.  We all take some pride in the stitching we do, the way we cook, our work, your family, your children...  I am having a bit of a problem seeing it AS a sin - and I understand it was supposed to be a bad thing in the Pride and Prejudice story.  But is it?  Vanity I can see as a bad thing - During a job interview I would certainly say I take Pride in my work or have Pride in my work - and think that was a good quality.  But Vanity - I think I lost that years ago, and I haven't met anybody seemed to be Vain...? Vane...? to have a big Vanity problem.  Vanity - isn't that where a fancy woman sits to put on her makeup???  Not a deadly sin...  So I am totally lost on which word to use.

I had to read up on religion - I wasn't sure if these were Mortal Sins or Deadly Sins - But Deadly Sins seems to be that answer.  Mortal Sins seem to have more to do with the specifics of intent.  But I could be wrong.  

So really, which word would you use???
Pride or Vanity???
Anger or Wrath???

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Finish and a Start...

I am calling this one done.  Praiseworthy Stitches - Simple Gifts - Christmas.
Stitched one over one on China Pearl 28 count, with the recommended Weeks Dye flosses of Whiskey, Indian Summer, and Moss.
The motif that was really messed up was the last one - that first left side.  An extra row...easy to fix to make symmetrical - but the extra row made the center star not centered - and the little four stitch points were different from one end to the other... either put it inside or outside, but not random on the same motif. 
It only took two green, and one red to stitch this.  That means there is twice as much green as there is red in mine.  Pattern is more green heavy.  If you stitch it per the pattern, you will probably need that third green, it will be close.  I skipped a couple of hearts - just too many hearts, but I left a few.  Much as I have complained about this - I DO still like the pattern.  I think it is well balanced, well spaced.  I did enjoy stitching it, and it took me just over a week to stitch it.  I love the mottled red, and the green is fine, it is just a bit more towards mossy, which IS the thread name.  Maybe darker is too dark, and you need the contrast of the three colors.  I really don't know.  I do know I prefer it with the extra red, and less green.  Again, I know I have looked at it TOO closely for over a week, and I am not able to see the overall look anymore.
I HAVE to do my taxes, and I should not have started the last one - so starting another one before I have done taxes is ridiculous, but I have promised myself I will not stitch till dark.
It is La-D-Da - The Seven Virtues.  Something I obviously need to work on and remember.  I am changing the colors - the gray words will become dmc red 902, the little dividing lines will be gray that are red in the pattern - leftover gray from Long Dogs Do Different, blacks will remain black.  I think it will read stronger, richer.  I liked the idea of doing this and then also doing the 7 deadly sins to match it.  I had to google them, since I could only come up with a few deadly sins.  To frame them side by side - done in the same text - interesting idea, and I think quite easy.  Will have to see how well the first one goes...  The hoop is 7 inches, the box is the top half of the pattern, so it is not a large pattern.  Which will make it harder to not just pick up and sit down with it during the day.  Stitching it one over one, on 28 count Queen Anne's Lace Jobelan, which is a lightly mottled fabric, so those aren't shadows.  Floss - dmc 902, 413, 310.  When I can look at something I want to stitch and know what I want to change - and have lots of ideas, time to start stitching - but first taxes. 
And to have four finishes - actual finishes - sure hoping that continues.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


I missed a night of stitching - too much internet...
My goal is to finish this yet tonight, which I am rapidly running out of time.  But my house is getting cleaner.
I still have not done my taxes, and I am trying to finish this, which I should have done my taxes BEFORE starting this...  I am nearly out of green again, and it is clear that if you were stitching the pattern colors you would need at least three green.  Yellow would just need one unless you radically changed it.  I started with just a scrap Whiskey to use it up - and I will not use it all. 
Errors?  That "T" in Christmas was not centered with the bar going down.  And the "A" in Christmas was shorter and with it being single stitched on one side - it looked really weak.  I thickened it up and also thickened the "M" up.  But it should be done with one stitch less to have the math work better. You would have to look at the previous photo to see the difference.  The "I" in Sing - I moved it one to the right to center it better.  I added the red centers to the Stars motif on the left - it suggested green.  Added a stitch here and there just to please my eye.  The lump of green in the middle still bothers me.  Gotta commit one way or the other - and I still don't always do that.  Change the pattern, change the colors or don't. Some things can be fixed on the fly - but some things, like the middle letters of a word like Christmas need a bit of planning to maintain spacing.  My OCD is showing....  I am not saying all these are errors, designers can build in 'fear of God' errors...  quilters do it....
But if you look at the cover photo on the pattern, that "A" in Christmas looks a bit wonky...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

One Skein of Green

This is much closer in color to real.  It may be slightly dark.
This is as far as a skein of green will take you.  At least the 5 yards skein of Weeks.  I say this because the pattern suggests 6 skeins of just green, and 2 of red, 1 of yellow.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sneaking in a New Start

A new project.  Simple Gifts - Christmas from Praiseworthy Stitches.
The photo colors are off from the camera flash. 
It is stitched on China Pearl Jobelan 28 count - one over one.  Using the pattern recommended floss, but not always in the suggested positions.  It should come out at about 7.5 inches by 7.25 inches. 
I got to this point when I dropped my needle in my lap, and now I can't find the dropped needle.  I certainly have other needles, but now when sitting down I expect to get stabbed.
The Weeks Dye floss Indian Summer is a beautiful mottled red.  I know I complain about little things - but this red is wonderful.  Again, the photo is making it appear darker.  The green is Weeks Dye Moss - in my opinion too light green.  I wish it went into a much darker green as the red does.  The Weeks Dye Whiskey is fine if you fussy use parts that contain the darker to get some of the darkness into the contrast.  The pattern has much of the design stitched in the green.  Again - if there was more contrast within the green floss, it would read better.  My decision to add more reds and golds instead of having so much green was made after starting in the center.  By the time I was not too far into stitching this, I realized I would like to try restitching this again with a darker green.  But this round is to learn how much floss the pattern uses.  This is three days stitching.
It just was that pattern that as soon as I saw it, I knew I HAD to stitch it. I have others in the series, but this is the first one that I have stitched. I could never decide on a floss color.  I do love that red from this pattern.  I will try for a more accurate photo to show the colors more next time.