Sep 2, 2011

I'm OK with it

Greetings!  First off, the box from the last post was not burned but is in need of major repair.  The stitching was saved and stuck here...

Now for the big news.  A major breakthrough to announce - I'm cutting my linen yardage.   Yes, I know, it's a ridiculous eccentricity of mine but it will be no more.  Soon.  Some time today.  Before midnight.  After my shower, before my cholesterol reducing drugs, when Frazier is on, right before Golden Girls, unless I can't find the right scissors.  NO!  I'm serious, really it will be today.  All those years ago I used nothing but unbleached/natural, which was included with my Scarlet Letter kits, and I continued to purchase.   What's making this task easier is....I'm not as crazy about it as I used to be.  Several smaller pieces are marked Sandstone, Antique Tan, Tea-dyed, Golden Streak, and I'm liking those warmer tones.  The darkest of the natural with be slightly lightened with a bleach bath, and then stained or dyed if necessary to get a pleasing color for these monsters that I am going to kit...
  

 Lucy is still in the running, but I think she's out gallivanting with Ann Wragg.  So why did I choose such large samplers?  Good question.  Maybe doing such a time consuming project will keep me on track, instead of having to search through linen pieces and charts for the next project, trying to make the decision that never comes.   I'm wasting a lot of time and the longer I am without needle, the harder it is to pick it up again.  I also remember a comment from a few months ago about using an unfinished sampler in a standing hoop, as a display.  So if I start a monster and fail with the stamina to complete, I will use this great idea.

Small projects like these Santas, will keep me stitching during breaks from the large sampler's tedium.   Most of my Santa ornaments are on sage Jobelan so I may continue with it instead of linen.  Yeah I know, I gave away bunches of it, but I still have a few pieces.

I also wanted to mention trims and cords for hanging little projects/ornaments.  Keep in mind I only have one local store and trims offered are more for upholstery and drapery.  Most of the time I use hemp cord or jute, but it's not appropriate for everything.  Trying to find something small in black was impossible so I turned to shoe laces.  The braided lace is heavy enough for a seam trim or hanger, the flat cotton can be dyed, navy blue and dark brown are available too which is hard to find in trims.   Another option I use is 100% cotton candlewicks.  Yep.  Candlewick.  
Very thin, soft, and flexible as a hanger for a tiny project.  
As usual, you probably already know this. 
Today and tomorrow will be pretty hot and muggy so I'm going to sit outside and enjoy what will soon be over.    My mind has been on a wonderful peach dessert with a cream cheese topping.  Very easy to make and so good.  And the ice cream bars that are coated with crunchies and coconut.   Oh my. 
I hope you all have a great weekend, long or short, hopefully with dessert, and thank you once again for visiting!

13 comments:

Edgar said...

I like the little alphabet on the basket - have a super weekend!!

Viola di Nebbia said...

Very beautiful works! Wow! *.*

samplerlover said...

You have a few lovely samplers there. I wonder which one will be picked. Your little alphabet on the basket looks lovely. - Sandra.

Penny said...

The alphabet looks nice on the basket. Looks like you have a lot of pretty samplers to choose from. Enjoy your weekend and your dessert!

Siobhan said...

You have such a great stash of samplers to choose from! I love BAPs but about midway through I always wonder why I didn't choose smaller projects. I prefer the stitching to the choosing of materials, though.

Candlewicks as trim--what a great idea! I live in an area devoid of anything remotely crafty so that is definitely a new one to me.

Have a great weekend!

Carol said...

I love how you "think outside the box" and come up with such workable ideas to help in finishing and stitching, Marly! Shoelaces and candlewick threads--great suggestions :) And I have some sage jobelan I'd be happy to send you--you were so kind to share your lugana with me... Just let me know if you would like it :)

Love your tiny alphabet on the basket, too!

Glenna said...

Lovely big samplers! I don't worry if they're big and don't get done right away--I just start them and pick away at them. I have three out of those four large projects, although only one started. Loving the little BoaF Santas.

Akila said...

Such pretty samplers, but I must admit they are huge by my standards.
The alphabet goes very well on the basket.
That's a wonderful idea to use shoe laces for trimmings. I don't get any here either, so made my own with the "left-over" thread from my stash for cord. Would try this idea out too.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Well, ain't you somethin'?! I would have never thought to use candle wicks! That's an awesome idea.

Ginny said...

Although I have ready access to trims, they can be very expensive, so I like the idea of using shoe laces and even candlewicking. Now to remember the idea. . .

Suzanne said...

I really like how you have attached the stitching to the basket.

Nice samplers you have there. I really like Catharine Metcalf, so much so, that I recently purchased her for my birthday.

Sostilio said...

I like the little alphabet on the basket - have a super weekend!!

Heatherwyhm said...

Very beautiful works! Wow! *.*

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