Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My Challenge Project

I got my stuff for my challenge project - and I could not resist starting it.

But I had done a little more on that Halloween thing.  It's on cashel - and I feel like an idiot because I can't count right on it  - and it's still one over one on 28 ct, but on cashel.  Shouldn't be a big deal - but I have been off a thread maybe six times already.  It was practice for linen... and I'm screwing it up...  not a good thing... 
So that other thing there...  Yeah, that's the Let Freedom Ring pattern.  I started in the center.  And it's on 28 count - so HUGE - because I have to stitch it over two...  and it's linen...  But it was the R&R fabric in the pattern dye color in 28 count.  I didn't think they even made that - and it should have sold out long ago - but I know most people would turn up their nose at that fabric - because it will be huge...  I get it.   But I have said before - I'm not sure I can count to two over and over - I can - but I'm not going to do that - because I'm goofy...  I'm taking it and I still want it to look finely detailed.  So you know how they stitch the Mirabella skin one over one and keep that detail look by making one stitch into four small stitches?  I'm doing that with the whole pattern.  So every stitch is now four tiny stitches...  and that roof - it is two colors, but it doesn't look like that on mine - or barely...
It will work.  but it's gonna take longer.  And it's gonna go slower - cause one stitch is really four - ever time...  Yep, a challenge.    I've done that before - but never on something this big.  And honestly - it's not all that big.  It's still one over one - on 28 count - it just takes four to be one......
Yeah, it's nothing I want to try while drinking.  But so far, so good...  And I kinda like it.    I saw a video where somebody did the corner flower - it was lovely...  but it was a little clunky looking because it's still two over two - so I want to try it with the finer detail of the four into one stitch.  So it will come and go over time I'm sure - but for that kinda money - I'm stitching it.   I am trying to angle to get to that corner flower...  that is the goal.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Finish... and a message to Suzette....

Lizzie Kate - A Good Marriage - which includes the floss.  Stitched on Lambswool 28ct, one over one.  I'd like to restitch is again on something lighter.  The blocks of color photograph fine, but in real life they muddy into a blob, especially the gold.  But I split a material to make this match another Lizzie Kate. So maybe I'll stitch them both twice.

Okay, Suzette, one of the floss tube people, is looking for three of these patterns.  I didn't have any of them - but I went to my LNS yesterday - just to see if I could find a couple of floss tube out of print things.  I didn't find the one I was looking for, but I did find 5 of these. I came home and tracked down the sixth one - and ordered it. And I know where the seventh one is.  But I'm not on social media at all other than this blog.  So I can't email her directly. But my email is on this blog under the 'About Me' on the side - we will see if she can find me.  Just to be clear - I am filling a set for me.  I might never hear from her - and  that's fine.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Okay - did you ever see a pattern, and just find it interesting, even though it's maybe not the usual style for you.  And maybe it's a new fabric to try... a new stitch...  stitching over one for a part of it would be new for you.... or maybe stitching over two is not the usual for your stitching.....maybe the floss is new...  but there is something, or a combination of things, and you just keep looking at it over and over and over....

And you know you don't need it.  It's not your style.  But you start to see that it might be a challenge.  Not a mountain to climb type of challenge.  But stepping outside the thing that you find really easy to do.  Something you look at, and the math is different... so how much floss do you really need?  And if you stitch it over two, with two - for me - that would be different.  But what if I didn't stitch it two over two... what if a single stitch is now really still one over one - so one stitch is four... like they do on faces and skin.  What if you did that on the whole pattern...  I've done that on something small - not skin, just the pattern.  But certainly not on something large.  Does that double the floss?  More? Less than double?   It would have to take more - but I'm not sure...
See, a challenge.  Because I'm not sure.

So I broke - this will be my challenge project to buy.  It started because it's a new fabric for me, in a count that most people would turn their nose up at.  So the fact that it was that count fabric - it might be in my path just for me...  because it's also the color the pattern was done on and and the same fabric dyer, just a different count.  And the fabric would have all sold out because the pattern was sold so much there really is no fabric left - but there is this odd count that I would find interesting to try this on.  It would take me forever - but would it work? - I am not used to counting to two - oh, it would be a challenge, because I'm taking it, and making it harder...  making every single stitch now four tiny stitches, which would take it back to a finer detail again...  would it look different?  well, skin on those girls does - so it should... maybe once I see it - I'll think something different.  But I want to try - I want to play with that idea...  I don't need it - I keep wanting to try a slightly different angle and version...  It would be like thinking - lets' try it on gauze...

It doesn't matter which pattern I'm talking about - it would be a different pattern for each of us. 

I ordered it all, the pattern, the fabric, the fancy floss.
I won't know till I try.  And I want to try - it's an expensive test of - can I do it?
But I've done this with other things.  Just not lately.  I'm never sure if it will work or not.  If I can or not.  But if stitching doesn't work - I'm pretty sure - nothing awful happens.

But it has to be the end of my binge.  It's enough.   The next thing I post will have to be a finish.  I want to go back to - use it up, wear it out.  I've had fun, I've restocked.  I'm happy with what I've got.  It's not all here yet.  But I have enough.
***and the next morning.... I ordered more...  Which I think completes my whole, want/wish list.  It had better...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


About halfway with a few stitches missing yet.  Lizzie Kate - A Good Marriage - it's a kit, suggested is lambswool fabric and it is.

And Irene - I had to laugh - before posting that photo of stash - I'd done exactly that - tried to write and justify - I know exactly what you are talking about.  I finally, after hours and hours, erased it all, realized - I don't have to explain anything. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

DMC Floss Color Card -

Here's the link again...

DMC Floss Color Card - with REAL FLOSS SAMPLES

$24.99 with free shipping for orders over $20  - so free shipping.

I ordered two - one alone, another with needles.  Ordered them last Wednesday afternoon, and they arrived the following Monday in the mail.  Both of them, same day.
If you want to see what exactly you get for the samples of each of the colors - here is my photos.

That's exactly what you get - the blacks and variegated shows twice in my photos, but I want to show the last page with the specialty threads next to the others. 

There are times I think - I'd love to stitch this in a dark brown - but which one?  The reds I know - but sometimes you hit something you need to change - but to what is always the question.  Or the floss matched the fabric- is there a darker that is the same color family or is that the darkest?  Before it was a puzzle or dig out the floss.  Now - even on fabric they will say - it's like a dmc color number...  So I'd have to go dig out the floss - and I'd never have that color... so I still didn't know about the fabric.  Now I can just grab the card - write down the fabric numbers, and compare...  that's too yellow - too orange - that's perfect or close to what I'm wanting...  And before they were hanks of each color - that frayed - but these won't do that. 
And standing in a store in front of the dmc rack - the lighting is different than in my stitching spot.  I can love it in the store, and it looks dull and different when I get it home.  Stupid store lighting.  I understand not everybody needs or wants one, but I certainly did.
But for $25 - I'd maybe want to see exactly what it looks like.  So now you know. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

And Then...

I will show without going into detail - this is lately...

But this is also what happened...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Floss Color Cards - Are Back Finally

Just on the DMC site - the floss color cards with the real threads for each color-
They are back in stock - taking orders...  NOW!

Here's the link -

DMC Floss Card - Real Thread Samples

And yep, I ordered one.  Actually two...

$24.99 each - with the real floss thread samples for the dmc floss -
And it's free shipping over $20.
And it reads like it's UPS delivery as the free shipping during checkout.

No clue how long they will last - I have no connections to them at all.  But they ran out before.  Now they are back - but how long they will last???  

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Border Frame

The border frame is done.  Now, just that middle part...

Friday, April 7, 2017

First Skein of Floss

This is as far as the first skein of floss will get you.  A skein of 6 yards - 12 strand silk.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

At the third corner...

At the top corner now...  still not through my first floss.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Size and Scale

That is my pair of Gingher 8" shears to give a sense of size and scale to this.
I am 3/4 thru the first floss (started with 4).  And I am halfway up the sides.  I am still wondering - is it enough floss or not....  Will it be another - aw, crap - moment or not???  I think there will be a moment I will know, long before I get to the end.