May 9, 2011

Third time is no charm

Hope everyone had a beautiful Mom's day.  We've had sunshine for a few days now with warmer temperatures and it's such a treat!  But this project is NOT.  I love it, I have done it no harm, and I'm setting it aside till this evening.  I ended up having to rip out the whole pear.  First, the top half only, then restitched, then removed the bottom half, restitched, then ripped out the entire pear and started over.  I would have let it go except for the fact that it was four stitches to the right of the design. ????  The basket and other pear would never have lined up.  I knew where I missed one in the stem, but it should have brought the pear to the left.  I went over this chart time and again, couldn't find it.    Since it was so far off, I had no choice, and I surprised myself once again by not tossing it.    In the process, I realized a lot of my counting errors were stitching errors.  The top part of the stitch was over two, but the bottoms, were over three.  The row beneath, I would just follow the upper stitches and unknowingly continue the error.   So instead of making good progress this weekend, I instead have a real neck problem!  Here's where I am now, with the two darners I found at the antique store..
I was trying to decide if I should order the matka as recommended for finishing this pocket, or use some of my LWAC (linen without a chart).  So here's Scarlet Letter's ????.  It was purchased over 20 years ago and it's hand dyed..... persimmon?

And this is just as old - SL's hand dyed saffron...


The saffron is darker than this photo and looks great, but I think I would prefer something in browns. Too soon to tell - need more of the design completed, especially the reds.  The persimmon is almost exactly the 918 but I don't know if it will be too strong.  None of my pictures show true colors and I have to play with them to get them close which neither of these are, so I bought a new camera.  A little Canon something or other that's still in the box.  The salesman told me it is the best for close ups, but I also want to zoom in on the Orioles and other bright birds in my yard.  The way the pears were going, I didn't think it was a good idea to break out a new camera and try to understand the instructions when I couldn't even count a few x's correctly.  I came across the amber linen when I pulled SL's out and I really don't like it, as I've already said several times.  When I don't like something, it's like I have to beat it to death, just can't let it go.  I don't like amber linen.   It just happened that I steamed and smashed this little pillow from my SIL yesterday, and wished I knew the linen color since I like it.  I checked my stash - it's amber.  I guess doing a 180  has become a habit.
 NEVER would have thought it could look this good when stitched!  So I guess you can't judge a linen by its color, until you see it in a finished piece.  Matches the little bear I stitched many years ago, and will never do again.  Isn't he sweet?  Look at that face!

I'm going to take 3 Advil now and when they kick in, go outside and plant my new tree.  In my yard, with 2 types of clay soil, I either dig a hole and it fills up with water, or I need a spud bar and pick to get through the dirt.  This area, spud bar and pick.  I usually do chores that aggravate my neck when it's already aggravated.  Why suffer twice?  Hope you're all having sunshine!

4 comments:

Margaret said...

Gosh, I hope your neck feels better. My neck is always threatening to bother me ever since I aggravated it so badly once I was out of commision for 5 days. So I sympathize with your pain. I just loooooove that Stacy Nash piece! OMG, it's gorgeous! Sorry it's been giving you conniptions though. I like both those fabrics with it -- very pretty! But you're right, it's always hard to capture the true colors.

samplerlover said...

Don't talk about necks to me. I always seem to have a pain in my mine. Maybe, Margaret, you and I could form a club and call ourselves "The Pain In the Necks" lol. My DH is always telling me that I am one. But on to more serious things. I really like this piece and you are doing a wonderful job with it. Sometimes, I think these little hic cups are sent to remind us who is boss. I really like both colours that you have chosen and both would look wonderful. But for some reason I particularly like the Persimmon. But I suppose it depends on what looks better in real life. The little wheels on top remind me of sliced oranges. - Sandra.

Siobhan said...

I love your WIP, even if it is giving you loads of problems! Sorry about that--I hate it when it becomes apparent that math was never my strong suit, and that counting to two is something above my skill level. :P Personally, I like the persimmon but then I love that color in general. For your photos, don't know if this will help, but even though I have a decent enough camera, I use Google Picasa to adjust them. It seems to take out any mistakes I've made or shadows on the pics, etc.

LOVE that little bear! How cute. I made a bear once and, well, I'll just say that the instructor laughed at how far apart I'd placed the eyes and leave it at that...

Suzanne said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I love your beautiful stitching, those fabric colours are gorgeous.

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