Jan 14, 2014

Stitching update

Hello people!  Two Horses is now two horses.
I mentioned that I was not pleased with the coverage using one thread on this 35 count, but something else wasn't right.  The other areas were covered just fine which didn't make sense.  It seemed inconsistent.  I now know why.
Take a look at the upper leg area.  This leg was done with one strand.  The same strand.  And look at the color!  Some areas of the first horse look reddish and others really dark yet I was using the same skein.  Well here's where the reddish came from. Can you believe this?  I have two skeins of 3031, each different, and two of 3799, each different.  They aren't from my old stash either.  I'm really getting tired of having to keep only one skein of each color in my floss bags because of their inconsistency and now I can't count on a single strand being the same throughout.  I like variegated floss but not when I expect a solid color or when it's hit and miss.  I understand that dye lots are hard to be exact, but it's getting to the point where I'm losing faith in DMC.  Also notice that there are some stitches in the horse's rear that have a thicker strand.  So I guess it wasn't my imagination.  And it wasn't my fault which is the good news.  It's not going to matter since this is a really primitive looking piece, but someone doing a fine sampler would be upset.  When working two strands as I've always done, these discrepancies wouldn't be seen so I have to wonder if this is isolated or just not noticed before.  Could also be because I used the sewing method on the leg instead of completing the full stitch, which is why it caught my eye.
That's my bitch for today.
Here's my husband's bitch - remember all the trim board painting and waiting for Ed to install?  He called.  He can be here tomorrow.  Unfortunately, I'm already tired of the color.  My husband claims I've been looking at these boards for two months - why change them now!  Because I've been looking at these boards for two months, that's why. So another trip to the paint department and I need to repaint all the crown moulding when I get back.  I certainly don't want to paint it after it's nailed especially since the drywall is freshly painted.  Touching up the nail patches is all I'll have to do.  And of course, the baseboard, and doorway trim.  And the doors.  Two windows.  Question is, how long will I be happy with the new color?   And I thought I was doing really good with decisions in 2014.  Technically, this IS a decision.  I decided I don't like the color.  So there.
 
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13 comments:

Cricket-bug Corner said...

You have endless patience! I have seen you redo one thing{stitching and painting} until you like it. Kudos! I would have given up trying to find something I liked long ago!

Colleen said...

Oy vey!!! Dare I say I think you're being overly picky about the horse colors. Horses are not all one solid color. They have "variations" of colors in their fur. Personally, I think it looks fine with the "different" shades. Why drive yourself nuts over it??? :)

Barb said...

What a pain. The main reason for using DMC is that you depend on their consistency. I will be watching! We painted one wall 5 times before I settled. Now the DH paints poster board and makes me live with the color for quite awhile!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marly, Love your horses. I had to order the chart after seeing yours. Where did you find the picture of the original? I know what you mean about paint colors, but at least you are changing your mind before it is completely finished. I couple years ago I did all my trim in Valley Forge Mustard, love it, but I might be getting tired of it.!
Melinda

Margaret said...

Your two horses look great! Bummer about the DMC differences though. It's funny, I used to think DMC was totally reliable when it comes to color and stuff. I've learned differently, like you. Ah well. Good luck with all the molding and paint colors.

Pam in IL said...

I think Two Horses looks great. I've noticed some color inconsistency with DMC before, but just thought it was my skein.

Isobel -Argante- said...

I rarely have enough time to surf blogs, but this is one of my fave :) I love this piece, and the fabric is perfect!!!!
Bummer about the DMC differences though! Sometimes happens :(

Jeanne said...

I continuously have the same problem with DMC thread...now, I rarely use it.
I know how you feel about paint color..one of my biggest problems is deciding color. Good luck...take your time deciding...I've learned the hard way and now I'm repainting everything!!! Talk about wasting my time.

Evelyne said...

Last year I had the same problem with DMC a totally different colour, and half way my sampler. I don't like that neither!
Good luck with the painting!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

These horsies are cute and surely have a primitive flare to them. Again thanks for the heads-up about those LOTS. Have fun painting and it looks like you are getting closer to being finished if you are doing trim.

As always, Peace and Blessings.
Barb

KimM said...

Love the horses and your progress.

Maggee said...

We are due to paint the family room upstairs and I just know it will be difficult to decide! I like one of the commenter's suggestion: her husband paints a poster board and she lives with it a while. Good idea! Hugs!

Catherine said...

Love your horses! How frustrating about the DMC! Good luck with your painting!

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