Sep 15, 2011

I Love Lucy

 Hello everyone.  The elusive Lucy has been found.  I decided to stick with the samplers I had chosen and put her aside, but she disappeared again - in the same day!  That's it.  She's staying with me since the floozy can't be trusted. 





She's a big girl and I may have to learn to use a frame, but so far, this is my start....

And yes, I switched a few shades of floss because of not being able to see the first alphabet line.  I tried, but can't get a better scan of the chart.  The sawtooth side borders and first line aren't visible, which is the 422, now changed to 420.

I originally chose Catherine Metcalf, until finding this piece of linen threw me off course.   I planned on a lighter tea-dyed but to me, this scene may look spectacular with a light steel blue ground.  Of course, my mind will revert to the original choice as is its habit, but I didn't want to take the chance.  You just never know.  Some days I am actually focused.  What?  I just can't remember when the hell it was.  In an effort toward that goal, I bought a 1/2 gallon of soy milk and it seems to have made the flashes more intense, the opposite reaction I was expecting.  It's chocolate and very good so I'm drinking it anyway.

I kitted Sally Fiske's sampler - which is something I should have done long ago with all the larger ones - and included her in the running.  Sally or Elizabeth Clayton may make an appearance alongside Lucy.   I am anxious to have these beauties on my wall, but I have to admit, I'm still not feeling the ambition to get them there.  Maybe the variety of having two going at once, a first for me, would help.  WHAT?  Giving an indecisive procrastinator a choice? 
 Insane.
This demands more thought.
And guess who's still playing with linen?  Here's the latest attempts at the subtle shading I am trying to achieve, compared to the last sampler done on the linen color I like.  The very top is the dark saffron color, now a tan with a dark mustard tinge.  The others were amber, sand (very apricot to start), and unbleached.  I love them! 




How did I do this?  Here's a hint.  Check out the persimmon from my sampler bag, to the persimmon now.  All I did was add a little black Rit to my kitchen sink, wet the fabric, and dip until I liked the hue.  Some only needed one dip.  Rinse, dry, dip again if needed.  My cream colors are now varying shades of gorgeous grays, my bleached saffron was toned down from a yellow, the bright apricot colored sand is now gorgeous, and I have drawers more to go.  I also tried the tan and taupe Rit which are too red toned and I wasn't happy at all.  Surprisingly, if I dipped too long and was unhappy with the gray hue, it immediately came out when dipped once in a diluted bleach bath.  Quickly.  I've been spending way too much time on this, but being able to use linens that would otherwise be unused is worth it.  Why don't I sell them?  Because many of them were not marked and I can't guarantee their count, or their color name.  The yardage I have left won't be bleached and dyed until cut - too unwieldy to manage without folds.

Fancy the cat had her kittens somewhere and is still here to eat, along with her boyfriend who is still crying, and a new gorgeous long haired with huge eyes and a tight flea collar.   We're making houses for all of them from the large styrofoam boxes (coolers) that the hospital receives medications in.  Cutting an opening on one side of the front with a hot knife (cuts styrofoam like butter and seals it), adding something comfy inside on the other side, and securing the lid with a heavy stone, voila!  They love it, they're warm, and less foam in the landfill.  We'll probably get a piece of plywood to lay over them creating an overhang to keep rain/snow from the entrance.  

 Stuffed shells, meatballs, and sausage today with family.  Mom and Dad's anniversary is this weekend.  They were married 64 years when my dad was taken.  

Time is flying!   I almost bought a little fig tree for the garden the other day, until I realized that by the time it grows and produces, I'll probably be in a retirement village!   That thought stopped me in my tracks.  The next thing I remember is ripping open a bag of Dove chocolates at the checkout in Walgreens.

I haven't been able to find large good quality pears in months, and have wasted lots of cloves in the last week.   I was going to wait for 100 followers and offer one as a giveaway, but I may never get there.  And maybe you don't want an item completely unrelated to stitching.  I'm certainly not going to mention the fabric projects that I originally planned.  But it was a calm day, perfect for a fire.  Let me think (without soy milk) and I'll yak about it next post. Have a great weekend everyone, thanks for stopping by.  
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Holy rotini this is a long post!
 



18 comments:

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I'm glad Lucy has been found. Doesn't it just drive you nuts when you can't find something you KNOW you have?! I love your linen experiments too.

Mindi said...

Lovely start on Lucy, and all the options you were considering are great. Looks like you've been having fun with linen, and finding a way to use stuff from your stash is great, so much better and easier on the wallet than just going out and buying new.

Chris said...

Great post Marly!
I love your new start and the other samplers in your pile are lovely too.
What a beautiful pic of your parents.
I hope the Dove chocolate helped! LOL.
Have a great weekend.

Susan said...

What beautiful samplers, I love Lucy, too.
How neat what you do with your linen and
having a handy "stash".
Beautiful stitching by you!
Warm Regards,
Susan B., Western MS

Penny said...

I'm more than half way through with Lucy Redd and wish I had changed some of the colors. What a beautiful job on the linens!

Carla said...

Lucy is beautiful, but a huge project! I'd be in retirement village before I got it done! Chocolate always helps!

Angie Burrett said...

I have just been through my pile of patterns, and found Lucy! I thought I recognised it. I had forgotten just how lovely it is, or will be if I ever get around to sewing it. There are just not enough spare hours in the day for sewing, not enough wall space to hang everything - I am continually asking for a gallery extension to the house! - and my eyesight demands bigger linen count. Oh dear! Love your work - keep going, two on the go together is good!

Mouse said...

ooo well don on finding lucy ... love the other samplers too .. great dying tips and the fabric looks scrummy ... to help with the Flushes try Black cohosh with liquorish (from health food shops) doesn't interfere with any tablets you are on or shouldn't ..lol hope that helps :0 love mouse xxxx

Margaret said...

I love Lucy too! She's a beauty! I love all that you've been contemplating recently. Your linen experiments are producing such pretty results. Good for you for doing it. That's smart about the styrofoam boxes for the cats. Very clever!

Carol said...

I'm glad you've finally found the runaway, Lucy, Marly--lets hope she's finally going to stick around and let you stitch her in peace!

Your experiments with dyeing linen are very interesting--I would never have thought of using black! Perhaps I'll give it a try with some of my smaller pieces and see what happens--I have one very apricoty piece that I just hate! Will never use it that way so even if the dyeing doesn't work, I'm not out anything...

Soy never helped my flashes either--I can't even tell you how long I've been living with them! Hang in there :)

Jeannine 520 said...

I think Catherine Metcalf on the steel blue linen would be fabulous! I hope you give it a try.
I have a huge piece of 36ct R&R that has faded to the ugliest pinky-mauve-tan I've ever seen in a piece of linen. I'm gonna give it that black dye dunk and see if becomes usable again.
Any way you could remove that tight flea collar? I've came across a few abandoned cats who were left with collars when they were younger, they always seem relieved to have them removed.

Sherry said...

I am so glad you found Lucy! She looks a wonderful stitch! That was so funny about the tree because I have had the very same thought about planting new things! Chocolate always helps these moments!

Lyn said...

Looking forward to seeing how Lucy progresses. And figs...actually, they will produce relatively soon...probably within a year or two of settling in.

Joy said...

Oh Marly, Lucy is one of my all time favorites! I left the colors as charted and have not regretted it, but often wonder if I should have...I will be anxious to see yours! If you have the time, take a peek at my framing of Lucy.


http://countingbitsofjoy.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html

Sally is on my to do list...thanks for reminding me! Happy Stitching!

Siobhan said...

Nice start on Lucy! Isn't it great when you find something you misplaced? I have a few of those sorts of things. I would say that my family was hiding them from me but they rarely know what it is i'm searching for. ;) Love the linen experiments!

Suzanne said...

Nice start on Lucy, she's a lovely sampler. Love your experimentation with your linens.

Lisa said...

I completed Lucy Redd in 1991. My sampler is hanging in my living room. I love it as much today as I did when I finished it. I didn't realize the chart was still around or that so many others had stitched it! Glad to see that it is! By now you are probably finished with it. I am new to blogs so have no idea if you posted a finish...

siamkitty said...

I just managed to track down a copy of Lucy on the internet, thanks for drawing my attention to it! Love, love, love your pears, but haven't been able to print then out because our printer hasn't acted right since we downloaded Windows 10, everything is blurred. Oh well.....

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