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Friday, June 30, 2017
Finally a series that is to be stitched exactly the way I do stitch all the time, on a fabric that I'm just fine with. This just doesn't happen. And I understand, not whining, just saying that THIS ONE was clearly right into my comfort zone. So I pre-ordered it. It came yesterday. So I pulled out the fabric, a long narrow cut - 9 x 55 - and it's cut wonky... so I pull edge threads to get straight. Now it's straight, but it's not 9 inches wide anymore. It's 8 inches wide now.
But it's a crap mistake to make from somebody cutting a lot of fabric and either they just did not care - or they didn't know how to cut stitching fabric.
And I'll give you two thoughts to this - if there are 6 designs on four patterns, and you did them as individual things - then you'd cut as you went - and the fabric being wonky doesn't matter as much - you'd have it cut after less than 8 inches in length. This pattern design finishes at 5 inches wide - so they are allowing a 2 inch side border on both sides. Mine will just be a smaller border, but it's wide enough to easily work in my 7 inch hoop. But in a length of 8 inches - you'd only pull a few side threads to square it up.
But my idea was I have no clue what the rest of the patterns look like - so maybe it would work like a bellpull, long and narrow. So I started it from the top, which I never do... But actually, I just am starting from the top center, and stitching the pattern upside down. Once you have a few landmarks, you can then flip it and stitch it right side up.
Where there is a will, there is a way...
It's a lovely little pattern so far.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Finished. On 28 ct Queen Anne's Lace, one over one, GAST Garden Gate, way more than 5 yards used.
I made the border line the same on both side, fixed the 'feed' into 'fed', altered a couple of other letters. Finished size is 4.5 x 7 inches. It's nicer than that photo shows it to be.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A Stitcher's Sampler from The Primitive Hare.
The chart says - My Soul is 'Feed' with Needle and Thread.
Which was just enough to make me debate buying the chart... but I found the designer corrected version of the words on-line, so that it will read - My Soul is 'Fed' with Needle and Thread. Then I ordered the chart. And it would have been an easy fix, to just leave out the extra letter, making me really lazy.
I'm using the GAST Garden Gate suggested, and stitching on Queen Anne's Lace 28ct jobelan, one over one.
But the floss reads as sun faded for most of the stitches. Look at that top row of bees, you get a couple of dark areas on the wings, but the rest reads as sun faded bees. That sun faded effect is interesting. Something I'd like to play with on other charts with this same fabric / floss combination.
Monday, June 12, 2017
This is Primitive Moodkeep from Plum Street Samplers. There are two patterns that are done into little pillows. This is called 'Blessings to Thee'. There is also another pattern with this one - and the reason for me to buy this pattern - it's called 'A Pox Upon Thee'. But if I do that first - this one never gets done. So I did the nice version first. And it stitched up in a single day.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
If you put on a border like that, you are limited on the frame. Without it, even a round frame would work. Sometimes, simple works better.
Finished about 5 inches each way at the wide points.
Stitched one over one with the suggested floss on 28ct Dove Gray jobelan. There is a slight variation in the photo of the Bayberry green floss in the leaves. In real life, you can't really see it at all. Changed that up and down line in the bowl to be darker. Other than that - it's the pattern.
It wasn't what I expected, it's different, but that's fine. I have gotten several versions of the suggested wren fabric in both cashel and lugana, and I liked the pattern photo, so went with a gray and not wren, which is much more brown.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Stitched with GAST Buckeye Scarlet. One over one, on Dove Gray 28 ct.
The purple one is also GAST, but just called Limited Edition.
Went back to finish this one. 'It's Halloween', from Foxwood Crossings. Stitched with the recommended fabric, 28ct Cyprium Cashel and WDW Onyx. One over one. And my first time stitching on cashel. It's placed odd on the fabric, I thought I had room to do it twice. But I plan to just fold it over and finish by stuffing it. I bought another piece of this same fabric after seeing it stitched over two - but doing it once was fine for now. It's done. Proving I can go back and finish something. Which is kinda the plan at the moment.
But then there was this.... see right there in the middle????
I ended this with a shot of spray bug killer. I don't mind one - but the thought of this one with a breeding partner - nope. It's not just a single edited photo, no, it's all different photos. Once I hit it with the bug killer he ran to the crevice between the step and the sidewalk.
Mostly meaning I'm not gonna be parking my butt on these steps this summer. That thing is big enough to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to move over... I've been kinda waiting to hear the - tap, tap, tap, on the front door, and it asking - Hey - why did you spray me? And to be there with a dozen more friends behind it.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
A photo of PeliCan with the Quarter Horse floss. Still on the first floss. One over one - 28 count lugana, Doubloon.
Ordered a bunch of floss to kit patterns. And it included a free floss Mine is a grape, mulberry color.. So I used it to start the ABCD pattern from La-D-Da, on Dove Gray 28ct jobelan, one over one. And finished it in two days. But the scrap will let me do it again, and so nice I'll stitch it twice - applies. Different color. It used more than half the floss. Left the highlighter in to give a sense of scale.