May 19, 2013

The letter game

Hey.  How you doing?  We've had wonderful weather here and if I wasn't cleaning every day, I would have been planting flowers.   If I wasn't so tired from cleaning, I may have paid more attention to Eliza's chart.  My final row of rice stitch was  V, W, X, Y, Z.

 
Take a look at the color key.  Notice anything?  Need I say more?   Yes, I removed the entire line and stitched again with the proper colors, but honestly, I kept being drawn back to the symbol matching the letter I was stitching instead of the actual symbol for that letter!  I felt like I was playing one of those trick brain teasers. 
This next border line is a doozy to start but obviously,  any errors on my part won't be noticed.   My eyelet stitches are usually too tense and I'm anxious to see how well I do on the next alphabet.  When I saw the perfect stitches in this March post from Barrick, I felt stitch envy. 
 Some women fear close-ups of their wrinkles, but I fear close-ups of my stitches.  Just regular cross, let alone the specialty.  The threads are not even, sometimes twisted, never uniform.  But that's me, no one looks at my stitchery, and I'm not fussing over it.  It is was it is and I refuse to make it a chore.  To many of you, it's not.  You have a method learned perfectly and many times use only one strand of floss.  My fabric counts require two and even using the secure needle method and giving the needle a twist, I have wonky stitches, so I don't fight it.  When taking my mom anywhere she would always ask "aren't you going to do something with that hair?".  No mom, it is what it is.  Same for my stitching.  I think Eliza is going to be fabulous and can't wait to get further down.
 
I haven't been keeping up with emails and blogs because of everything being covered, so I apologize for that.  I'm also trying to steer clear of Pinterest now that I've finalized the kitchen.  Too many ideas for an indecisive putz.
Enjoy your day - stay safe - thanks for stopping by!
 
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15 comments:

Shirlee said...

Have a great day, my friend!

Margaret said...

Sorry about the ripping out on Eliza. Cross stitch should be fun and not about perfect stitches. I'm the same way though -- I am paranoid about close ups of my stitching too. My stitches are definitely not perfect, ever.

Carole Z. said...

Looking forward to seeing pictures of your finished kitchen. I'm sure it will be beautiful!

Patty C. said...

Sounds like something I would have done - enjoy that frogging - ugh

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, glad someone is enjoying nice weather, cold and rainy here........Sad to hear about tearing Eliza out, try to enjoy stitching Marly.....Blessings Francine.

backporchcarver said...

Well, I have to say that chart would confuse me for sure. I would no doubt have done mine the same as yours, only I would have left it.My garden has weeds too. I'm totally in it for the fun and relaxation. By the way, I don't see anything wrong with your stitching, I love it.

butterfly said...

Oh dear more frogging, have a good week.

cucki said...

Have a sweet day dear xxx

C. M. Designs said...

To me, you are a professional stitcher. Being a novice, I would think that anyone who looked at your stitches and critized them would be looking too closely.
I would love to have a new kitchen. I do know about the mess that renovation/remodeling makes. We had two additions added to our home and oh, boy, the mess that was made.. It took months to be finished but so worth it.
Charlotte in Va.

C. M. Designs said...

To me, you are a professional stitcher. Being a novice, I would think that anyone who looked at your stitches and critized them would be looking too closely.
I would love to have a new kitchen. I do know about the mess that renovation/remodeling makes. We had two additions added to our home and oh, boy, the mess that was made.. It took months to be finished but so worth it.
Charlotte in Va.

Bertie said...

Well Marly I had a close look at your stitching and you are a perfect stitcher of letters! Anything that needs pulling is a disaster for me and frogging seems to be my favourite pastime too, so you are not alone-:))
Good luck with the clean up!
Have a good sunny day;))

Susan said...

That designer was just cruel with the color key! I would have done the exact same thing you did, but I'm not sure I would have frogged it.

Mugwump Woolies said...

I've given up on perfection...I'm running out of time! Your stitching always looks excellent to me. I don't like showing my rugs up close, but then I think..."It is what it is."...and I feel much better! Eliza is looking grand.
Robyn

Barb said...

The sampler is coming along beautifully. We are of the same mind. If I get too picky, I won't enjoy what I do. It is for me not a judge.

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

LOL! I'm looking at your stitching thinking how I could NEVER do as nicely...and you find twisted threads! I've never seen a bad work done by you! --Jan

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