Jan 26, 2014

Portrait of a slub

Hello people.  Another day of bad coffee.  But I'm safe inside and fortunate to have heat so I will enjoy that bad cup and be grateful.
Got a few emails regarding the last post and I was surprised to read that many of you try to slay the slub also.  I don't feel so alone now.  Thanks!  For those of you asking what a linen slub is, here you go.
This one I would definitely try to remove and if I fail, this coarse linen is very easy to weave in a replacement thread.  The needle needs to be large enough for the eye to take the linen strand so I always keep a 22 or 24 handy. The other piece is loaded with them in all directions, throughout the entire half yard. Most of these I would leave and only try to reduce the bad ones. I use a needle and gently pick up a little fuzz at a time, then grab tweezers to remove it. Most are left alone.

So far....
 











I think this horse area with the two largest flowers will be the most difficult part to chart.  Well, I should be truthful.  Trying to chart from a blurry photo is a crap shoot.  I hope the rest goes quick and easy, and with smaller less detailed flowers, that should be the case.  I'll start stitching this to check for color and then move on to the top portion.  Sorry I printed across it but I received an email that a few of my freebies are being sold and two have minor changes.  Play nice!  You don't want me coming to your playground.  Trust me.

For Karen (you're no-reply), the center sampler is an old Sheepish Antiques of Salina Dunwoody.  Check with Em-Li's since she owns Sheepish Designs now.  I think.

Thanks for reminding me about O'Keefe's.  My sister found it at Walmart so I will check next time I'm there.  Must be inventory month because most of the stores are bare of many products.  I've used Miracle Hand Repair and love it but it doesn't heal cracks.
 
That's all.  Still snowing.  Frigid temps coming again this week.  Maybe I'll venture out into the cold when the roads are clear and the snow has stopped.  May?  June?
 
Enjoy your day and your favorite drink.
If you see a helpless abandoned pet, please give it shelter or take it to one.
Thanks for visiting!


 

24 comments:

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

The design and colors on the little case are gorgeous. Thanks for the tip to draw a line of thread through the "hole" left after I have pulled the "slub" out. Never really thought of that. :) Have a great week !

Jacqueline said...

I always enjoy reading your blog.

Stay warm and dry.

Dirty Martini Queen said...

I have to find that hand cream because mine split and bleed almost daily. The dr told me to superglue the cracks but I hate the way that feels on my fingertips. I have a Hello Kitty bandaid on my right hand thumb and my left ring finger so it makes stitching interesting. BTW, the doors look outstanding! My kitty used to chew the leather tails off those little furry mice so maybe I should buy her some leather cording.
Donna

Melody said...

Interesting about the slub removal. I have issues with dry hands and cracks also. I like Aveeno Excezma Hand Crème. It helps better than others I've tried.

Can't believe people would lift your freebies and then alter and sell them. Disgusting.

Robin said...

Good progress on your charting of the 2 horses! At times, I will defuzz some of the bigger slubs.
Sorry to hear about the bad coffee! What kind do you prefer?

Robin in Virginia

Shirlee said...

Don't forget Zim's Crack Creme. Works great on cracked hands. The oil in the spray bottle is quite messy but does the job. The actual cream works just as well & isn't greasy.

backporchcarver said...

The linen I am working on right now looks just like the one in the photo with all the little arrows,LOL. I am almost finished so I won't do any "repairs" but there was one in particu;ar that was pretty thick. Next time I will fix it but this piece is a pretty prim piece anyway so it looks okay.I guess there will always be people who like to STEAL other peoples talent, used to be a decorative painter and I saw a lot of that in that world too. I loved your comment about the playground, You rock!

Judy said...

I am so impressed with your charting from a picture.It looks peerfect. I try to remove slubs as well...Ihave never tried to replace a thread. So thanks for the info. Doors are looking gooood!

Judy Heartland stitcher

Maggee said...

Slubs do annoy me--I pick at them too, tho I have never replaced a thread as you suggest. Filed away.
Sorry there are people pirating your 'free' designs. Dang! May or June, eh? Hope it is sooner for you! Hugs!

Judy said...

I am so impressed with your charting from a picture.It looks peerfect. I try to remove slubs as well...Ihave never tried to replace a thread. So thanks for the info. Doors are looking gooood!

Judy Heartland stitcher

Karen said...

Thanks for the info on Salina Dunwoody! I'm trying to cut back on my chart buying, but I may have to make an exception for her.

Vickie said...

Cannot believe someone is actually selling your freebies!! Go get 'em tiger!!

Chris said...

Hey Marly! I usually just stitch over the slubs. I don't have the patience to try picking them out, I would probably create a major hole in my fabric.
We have a drop light by our well pump to fend off the freezing temps. It is a good way toe heat the cat condos.
I hope that the weather gives you a break soon!

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

I have a lot of trouble with cracking fingertips and dry hands because I constantly wash my hands(sloppy painter)...I slather with cocoa butter every night....Jan

Margaret said...

Seriously? Someone is selling your freebies? Geez. So are you going to share your charting of this????? :D

Pam in IL said...

My mom could be a commercial for O'Keeffe's Working Hands. It really helped her cracked fingers and hands. I'm glad you are home where it's dry and warm. We're literally in a blizzard right now. Mother Nature teased us this afternoon with sunshine and temps of 36F for about an hour before hitting us with the 50 mph winds and snow. I just want to know who made her so mad!

Barb said...

I sure hope you keep warm. I would be afraid to pull out the slub. I might create even a bigger mess!

Catherine said...

Hope you are keeping warm and found that hand creme! I can't believe that someone is selling your freebies ~ shame on them!! Your charting of the horses looks great so far!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marly,

In Europe we are lucky to use Zweigart Fabric linen. With these fabrics, you haven't any slub. It's the most regular fabric sold. It's very sad to see that some people use the drawings and sell them as their own. I think your drawings are patented. Have a nice day.
Marie-France

C. M. Designs said...

Hello, Marly. It's too bad that you can't generously share your charts without someone stealing and making a profit from them. I hope they'll read your blog and clear the "playground".. That's sooo not nice !
I'm sorry your coffee is bad but am glad you have a warm home. From the pictures that you've shown, I know it's lovely inside and will be outside,too, when the weather gets warmer..
I hope your fingers are healing.
Charlotte in Virginia

Ms A said...

Hi, Marly!
Do you use software to graph your charts or graph by hand? Just curious...love the primitive designs you share!

Cheri

Ellen Whitlock said...

About the cracked hands - have you tried Udder cream or Crack cream? Have used both like both USE only after done stitching for day

Dede said...

If the slub is really fat I will try to lessen it otherwise I leave it be. Hadn't thought about replacing the line.
Selling your freebies?!? Seriously--what is happening to peoples honesty. Just disgusting.
Cracked hands--I use Flexitol Heel Balm on my fingers when they crack. (found in the foot section at Walmart) I put it on at night and first thing in the morning. If my hands are in water much thru the day I reapply. Really helps heal and prevents the cracks.

Dede said...

If the slub is really fat I will try to lessen it otherwise I leave it be. Hadn't thought about replacing the line.
Selling your freebies?!? Seriously--what is happening to peoples honesty. Just disgusting.
Cracked hands--I use Flexitol Heel Balm on my fingers when they crack. (found in the foot section at Walmart) I put it on at night and first thing in the morning. If my hands are in water much thru the day I reapply. Really helps heal and prevents the cracks.

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