Hi all. It seems that I've upset a few needleworkers with my crude methods. Sorry. But here's how I feel. If we all had to follow the rules and only stitch using proper methods, some of us would not stitch at all. Working a small project is the perfect opportunity to try new things, experiment, practice, and give us an idea of how we would manage a larger project with these elements. If we have some difficulties, changing the method to match our ability (or patience) still allows us to be stitchers and create. Just as a youngster brings home a wonky work of art, they are praised for effort. Yes, there were instructions to follow for their creation, and they followed the best they could, improvising to complete their project. Same here. We're learning, wanting to create these pieces that catch our eye and allow hours of relaxing enjoyment, not nerve wracking tedium or a test of our skill. I will never be a rule follower when it comes to stitching, because I am not always pleased with my end result, frustrated, and many times tempted to
burn, flush, shred, toss the entire project. I have no desire to change the way anyone stitches, just to show that some of us feel free to wing it. We covet the old samplers with misspelled words, missing stitches, uneven borders, mismatched rows, so our execution of these pieces or others, should be just as much ours as theirs was theirs. If I do a stitch incorrectly or fringe instead of frame, I am not trying to get others to follow, or become a bad influence to beginners. I am only showing you ....... ME!!! Wonky, menopausal, bitchy, emotional, animal loving, nail stepping, indecisive, sampler loving stitcher who needs a facelift. Me.
A woman who is keeping her current project in a styrofoam container from the grocery store. Easy to keep it all together, protected from tabletop spills and construction mess. But not what you would normally keep your projects in. Key word - normal.
But because I think the world of all of you and so appreciate your friendship and help, I will show the correct placement of the turkey stitch loop according to other videos I have watched.
First stitch is down through the linen and the floss end becomes part of the fringe. Then anchor stitch.
For the basic loop, come up into the next hole from the anchor,
and go down in the center hole behind the anchor, pulling through to create the loop.
Do the anchor stitch by coming up in the hole to the right of the loop, and go down into the same hole as the anchor stitch right edge.
Correct? If not, forgive me cause baby that's the best I can do! I can't wait to finish and cut the loops.
Still easier that my original video method of going left to right and coming UP behind the anchor
instead of going DOWN.
And the blood. I got my tetanus shot, antibiotics, came home, and stepped on a staple coming out of the old carpet that we took up and turned upside down to protect the floor.
This was the old wool loop and I loved it, but it matted more than any other carpet I ever had. I really like the very abrasive backside and wouldn't mind carpeting like it. You can see my swollen left foot and the band aid on the left edge from the staple.
It appears the string has shrunk to half its original length and bean size. My second string is completely different. This is day 4 and hardly any change, whereas the first batch dried quite a bit by this time. They appear to be getting lighter. YAY!!! I hope so.
We've had a very long day and are exhausted from all the cleanup. My battery is drained - computer and body.
Enjoy your weekend - stay safe - stitch happy!
Thank you for stopping by.