Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Not Enough Green

Barbara Ana's - All Creatures Great and Small...
If you just get just one skein of the suggested DMC to do the green, this is as far as you will get before you have used it all.  It isn't enough to do the hill of green at the bottom with the animals on it.  The hill goes over to the tree trunk in an arch if you want to know just how much you will be short.  The other areas I have filled in, I have used the suggested colors, so it is not like I messed up and used it for the cornstalk or those tiny pine trees - nope, that is a different green.  And I am stitching one strand over one thread on 28 count evenweave.  If you got the pattern - buy two of those green used in the leaves. 
Going to try to keep stitching on this - I knew I would be sick of leaves, and I was, but I there areas I think will be fun to fill in for a while yet. 
( I know she suggested Anchor floss and then cross references to DMC numbers on the pattern.  I have no clue anymore if Anchor and DMC are both the same lengths or not. )

Friday, November 13, 2015

Just the Green....

It was supposed to be - just stitch the leaf border, I want to know if I need more green...  I bought two, but there is a lot of green, lots of leaves.  The pattern does not suggest two, but there is a hill of green at the bottom, double rows of green to create levels.  Then I got side tracked and started to fill in, and I had not completed the frame.  The point was - I knew I would get sick of stitching the frame and all the leaves.  I thought I could do the frame and leaves, then come back after another finish, and I would fill in the middle having forgotten about the leaves. 

I completed three sides of the border but the left side up and down border - and it didn't match at the top left corner.  I had caught that there was an extra stitch at the bottom left corner, a four instead of a three in the repeat of the design.  I did miss the four right next to it also in that bottom corner.  So I was off one when I got to the top corner.  So I had just stitched the stem, no leaves, and had to frog and restitch the stem and find why I was off.  That took a while, I couldn't find in the pattern why I was off.  So to others with this pattern, that bottom left corner is the key where it just not repeated the same.
The top doesn't mirror the bottom, which is fine - it sort of messed up her design in the corners, and that is where I start to think - am I changing it or not.  I am just stitching the pattern.  I did change the cat slightly, and I know there will be a few wonky animals I want to adjust.  I have stitched a little more, that left side has all it's leaves now, and I am working across the bottom. 

I sometimes listen to audiobooks - they do repairs on the cable, so internet is sometimes out in the middle of the night.  I started listening to Deep Down Dark - on audiobook, about the Chilean Miners.  Great audiobook.  I'm about halfway - and I know the movie - The 33 - came out today.  I can't imagine the movie being better than the book, or having more details.  One poor guy, it was his first day down in the mine.  Another guy wanted to get an extra trip to the bottom in because he was paid per trip.  He got his lunch, and drove back down to the bottom to eat it to get that extra trip in.  It is an amazing tale, and there is some just craziness.  They finally reach the guys with the tunnel, an what do they send to them as one of the first things?  Paperwork to fill out.... before food...  pure insanity.  Very interesting book.  And it probably means I will have to go watch the movie, but the book has brought me to tears several times, I can't imagine the movie being better. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Lots of Stitches

Here is what I want to say - Good Golly, there are lots of stitches to fill in on that bottom section.  Or at least a version of that.  I have to say that I am still enjoying filling it in, especially as I can start to call more areas completed.

Stopped to get floss for the new pattern.  Trying to avoid needing to shop when everybody else is Christmas shopping.  The winter stitching stash is full enough to keep me happy and busy till spring.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Scissors and Color

The mailman delivered the latest order - that Barbara Ana sampler that seemed wonderful.  And I had started with simple metal small scissors, and they were in the $5 price range.  But a while ago, I saw these little scissors.  The pink ones.  Next order, I liked the pink ones, so I ordered the blue pair.  This time I had realized that I really liked my little scissors, and I wanted a few spare pairs.  So another pink, a blue, and the purple.  They are $7 from Stitch and Frog . com.  She offers free shipping over $60, but even on a simple order, shipping was a little over $4.  I have gotten several orders from her, and I even had a mix up, and she was extremely easy to contact and talk with.  As for the scissors, they are very sharp, smooth, easy to cut material like jobelan, to just cut the tip of a thread strand, and able to frog out just a few stitches, and are really one of those small wonderful things.  I have not seen these offered from other dealers, she calls them Cotton Candy scissors, and they offer a green version too.  They come with a little cover that protects the blades that easily just snaps over the ends.  The finger holes are about an inch long for the opening - I can slide my thumb into it completely, not that you would need to, but the finger openings are a reasonable size, not some tiny thing.  Overall length is about 3.25 inches.  The scissors are just one of those small things that really add to my pleasure while stitching.  You want the material to feel right, you want that perfect drink nearby to sip from, and you want scissors that are smooth to cut with, and sharp, and light in weight.
Okay, now it is starting to sound like a beer commercial.  I am just saying - those are some really NICE scissors.  I love my gingher full size dressmaking shears - I love these little scissors the same way. 

And I have made a little progress on Peaceful Paradise.  The section of the moon is done.  Working my way across the bottom.  The sheep are the same smog color as the clouds.  The colors run amazingly close to each other, and therefore blend into each other.  Like the whiskey has a shade just barely off of the dmc yellow suggested.  The result is that you lose the design just slightly, as opposed to a sharp defined crisp color difference.  Or a shading difference.  Neither is right or wrong - it is style, it is also where the randomness of the color changes of the thread appear in the stitches.  And floss dyelots change over the life of a pattern.  So watching to colors as they fill in - certainly a lesson in color for me.