Good grief. What a mess I'm making. Are those curved stem stitch lines on the chart for one row or two? Is there a trick to stitching on a curve or is my gripping tension the problem? Whatever I'm doing wrong is making me change the design. Take a look at how the linen is stretched and wonky. I started with two rows and then changed to one, forgot that the stitch is to be started at the END of the prior, not in the middle, and after removing it several times, I may not try again.
The right side scallops were charted as cross stitch for most and I filled two more with it to avoid any more frustration. The left side only has two with cross, the rest are curved stems. Will I try again? Probably. The stitches are so easy to do and I'm considering changing the stem to chain ~ maybe this will help? We'll see.
I can always fill with cross stitches but they can't be done in curved lines. At this point.....you know the rest. What about the bottom? Not sure. If it starts badly, I'll stop and try to mimic the side scallops. Whatever, I just want to finish it before I get really discouraged and leave it. The Scarlet Letter always states the experience level for their designs. Well I'm not an intermediate level needleworker and won't pretend to be ever again. I miss my marking samplers!!! I promise never to stray again!! Remember St. Clare, the patron saint of stitchers? This article is one of several about St. Clare of Assisi, friend to Francis, and namesake of Assisi embroidery. And as I'm typing this, I'm thinking of sizing her image to put on a floss tag. Think it will help?
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