Aug 8, 2011

Too close for comfort

Hello people.  Menobrain struck again.  How many of you knew this was coming??  I started getting nervous about having enough fabric to complete this sampler so I stitched the border and held my breath.  The closer I came to the bottom, the more I realized an error.   Instead of the 15" as I planned, it's 15.8"  

Not a big deal unless you're doing something as daring stupid as I am.   In recalculating, as my GPS does continuously, that is the exact measurement for 27 - NOT 28 count.  You wouldn't think that one thread is so critical, but in a 212 stitch length - it is! 











So what are my options? 
#1 - I could leave it as it and do a very small hem instead of fringe at the bottom.
#2 - Stop the border design where the straight green thread is and instead continue the bottom row as a single row of stitches.

#3 - Rework the design to take up 12 stitches in order to keep the border design and have enough room for fringe.  WHAT?
#4 - Fringe the bottom directly under the border, trim the side fringe to match. 
#5 - Forget the fringe.  Do a small hemstitch close to the border, mount it on mat board, and frame it.

I'm not sure if it's important to have the same width of fabric (before the fringe) on the bottom as the sides, since the top will be hemmed close to the border.


I've come a long way since starting this blog.  Six months ago, one raging hot flash and this project would have been ash in the blink of an eye.  But I really like these colors and the easy stitch and have no intentions of not completing the design on this fabric.   






So while I ponder my options, I have another decision to make.  Chocolate?  Or pretzels dipped in peanut butter?


Thank you all for the emails regarding your concern over my doctor's lack of knowledge.  But really, she is great and I don't fault her for not recognizing this.  It's uncommon and temporary, and the radiologist even came out to test for herself after the tech sent the images.   She had not seen it before either.  Long story short, they thought it was the lymphatic system since it mimics an also uncommon condition caused by breast cancer, but it's an inflamed (for no obvious reason) vessel carrying blood.   Who knew?  
And the decision is made.  It will be a piece of chocolate, followed by peanut butter dipped pretzels.   As for the bigger decision,  I've already completely ruled out three of the options and am focusing on one.  For now, until further flash, it will be hemmed and framed on a mat board.
Thanks for reading, your concern, and your comments!  Later....

11 comments:

Solstitches said...

Love, love love the new blog header!
I can only imagine how you must have been stitching faster and faster to see if you were going to run out of fabric or not.
The sampler is looking lovely and it sounds as though you have already come up with the solution of how to finish the bottom edge.

Margaret

Joy said...

No matter your choice, it will be wonderful!! Good decision chocolate and pretzels.

Gabi said...

Lovely stitching. Can't advise your here, but I'm pretty sure you'll come up with a good solution. And you're right not to give up on that beautiful project. It's way too lovely to be burnt and it will make a gorgeous finish - one way or the other

Karen said...

Good thing you have options and I'm sure you can make it work regardless the option you choose. Such a pretty design!

happy stitching...

Margaret said...

Oh gosh, how annoying for you! But I so understand -- I was just panicking the other day, wondering if I'd left enough fabric for SDW. Luckily it looks like enough. Whew! I love how the piece looks though. It's one gorgeous piece! (I love chocolate covered pretzels. :D)

Melissa said...

Gosh, this is a cute sampler! Sorry I don't have any advice on this one. You've named a few options already and one of them will hit you as the right thing to do.

Akila said...

Ohh, that's such a beautiful project to re-do or stop. Such pretty colors too. I think you could give up the fringe and frame it on matt board. Would look great. Waiting to see what you finally decided on :)
Hmmm.. Chocolates..

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I think whatever you end up with will be beautiful. I can totally see why you wouldn't want to abandon this one. It's really pretty!

Lyn said...

It'll be a beautiful piece no matter what you decide. I'd probably end up hemming top and bottom to match, and having fringe on the sides. Then framing it so the fringed edges show, on a fabric covered board. (Think of how they frame doilies.)

Siobhan said...

Your blog header is gorgeous!! I love that sampler--it's in my pile of Things To Stitch ASAP--along with about a thousand other samplers. ;)

Rosa said...

Lovely stitching blog! Could you tell me the name of this pattern? The finished stitched piece on the Pennsylvania Basket,I would dearly love to stitch it. Thanks! emmi5ca at yahoo dot com - www.godgiventalents.blogspot.com

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