Greetings. It's freezing, gloomy, rainy, like a switch was turned off after the 90 degree temps. We're not getting things accomplished as we had planned on his week off of work, but managed a white knuckle ride to Mercer PA for my first visit to The Gallery. It's a quilting shop with machines, parts, accessories, kits, lots of fabrics, specialty items, and I saw my first ball of Valdani. Nice. Very nice. I planned on checking a few punch needle designs and making a trip back for needed colors. After visiting their website, I realized not all balls are the same. Just as other companies, there is pearl cotton in 12, 8, 5, 3-ply matte cotton floss for punchneedle, and 6 strand floss skeins. Now what? So I called and found that their balls are pearl cotton, mostly the finer #12, 108 yards, and $6. I would prefer starting with the 3-ply.
This punchneedle heart was found on Pinterest and I can't locate the source to give credit or ascertain the designer. Love it. I have several of Lori's designs and watched her video tut, but I'm not sure if now is a good time to try something new, adding to my pile of things I'm not accomplishing.
I bought a few new fabrics that I hadn't seen at the smaller shop I visit. I have a thing for script fabrics and sort of hoard them. When I really like a fabric, I hate to cut it and use it, the same as I feel about a yard of linen. A quirk or serious fabric disorder?
They also carry Sullivan brand of floss, and explained to me that it is long-staple and colorfast, whereas DMC is now short-staple and not colorfast in every shade. So I came home with one skein to compare.
There is a slight difference in appearance of a single strand, which separated much easier than the DMC. In each photo, DMC is top and Sullivan bottom. Hardly noticeable by eye, but closeup, you can see the thicker twist which I think would be better for the dreaded over one stitches. The first photo is loose, and the second slightly stretched. When I ran my nail along the strand, the DMC frayed a little and the Sullivan did not. It's too bad I have at least 3 DMC in every color, but my next visit I will purchase Sullivan for a project and test it.
This house mess has had me ishkabobbled for a while, and then the accident kind of wiped out three weeks of the end of summer. A few designs have been roaming in the noggin, I'm trying to work out the labels on the new printer, line up people to complete the house projects, stitch when I can, bitch about the end of summer, worry about upcoming tests, and be thankful I can do all that. There is a young mom with an adorable baby whose blog I recently found, that is dealing with the unimaginable. She is always on my mind.
The heat pack is on, the Advil is chewed, and I'm hoping for some serious stitching tonight. Wishing you a peaceful and safe weekend, enjoying your family and the little pleasures we take for granted.
Thanks for visiting.