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Friday, August 18, 2006

A stitching update...

Well, there hasn't been a lot of stitching going on here. It's been a busy week. I finished up my Sampler House exchange and popped it in the mail on Wednesday. Of course, in my haste, I didn't get a picture of it so I am hoping that the recipient can post one for me! It seems that time just flies by at the end of the exchange and I am scrambling for goodies, a note card to include with the exchange and of course, there's finding a suitable envelope and getting it to the post office on time! I know, I know, time management. LOL!!
I've been working on another exchange and I've interspersed stitching it with Blackbird Designs, Light the Way. It's an adorable Halloween design from the book, Trix or Treat. I began it last year, but put it away because I couldn't finish it in time for Halloween. When I pulled it out this year to work on, I could not remember what color of Weeks floss I was using and, of course, the skein wasn't in the bag with the fabric. I tossed about the idea of scrapping it and starting over but I did remember that the fabric was an expensive overdyed R&R fabric. Looking at the stitching, even though it looked darker than the Onyx I was using, I decided that I did begin this piece using the original floss color. However, I still had a nagging suspicion that I changed the color and for the life of me, I could not remember what it was. So, instead of continuing with all this doubt, I've been ripping and restitching the sampler as I go. I stitch a little bit new and then rip and re-stitch the old. Fortunately, I only stitched the border at the top and halfway down the side and a few of the words, so there's not too much ripping to do until I am completely stitching new parts of the sampler. In fact, I've almost restitched it all.

And now, I am stitching with the original floss color and I actually documented it on the pattern so I don't forget again if I put this way for another year. Actually, I think I will get to finish it by Halloween this year, although, I may not get it framed in time to display it.
Speaking of frames, I did find one at that I would like to use for Light the Way. If I am going to purchase it, I think I may buy a bunch of frames and having a finishing frenzy. I have about 6 things in a dresser drawer that need framing. I know it's not hard to do, it's just finding time to do it! And these finished works of the heart aren't doing any good sitting in a dresser drawer, right? They need liberation! And freedom! And they need to be loved and admired, right? Sounds like a plan...I better write it down before I forget.

There is only an other month or so until CATS in Hershey. I am so looking forward to a weekend away with a bunch of stitching obsessed ladies. I especially can't wait to meet all of you!
I've been planning what to, credit card, stitching, camera...does anyone bring a magnifier? I've gotten so used to stitching with one that I am afraid not to drag my tabletop Daylight magnifier and my clip on with me. I've signed up for 2 classes, a hardanger class and a beaded bracelet. I've toyed with the framing class too but only to procure the framing goodies. Maybe there will be a framing vendor there. I want to buy one of those gizmos that pushes the glazier points into the frame and I'd like to buy spacers to put between the stitching and the glass.

Well, I better get something else bye for now. Stop again soon!!

1 comment:

Von said...

You're so lucky to be going to Hershey! How I wish I could tag along. :D