4 hours ago
Sunday, October 18, 2015
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.
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.
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.