Feb 21, 2014

My bender

Greetings!  I'm starting with an apology.  My frustrations with the current stitching project, the lack of help with the house projects, a few family issues, and my failure to control my diet, has me in a snit.  I haven't been commenting, only catching a few blogs now and then, and I'm sorry.  I feel like I'm on the bench in the locker room instead of being in the game.  We all have these periods of disconnect and I'm hoping it ends soon.  My fear was that I will take a break from stitching which has led me to stop before, but that won't happen I'm sure.  I'm on the home stretch with the design after removing the horse's ass once again.  And the big flower.  I thought it would be a cinch to chart these simple flowers and such from a blurred photo of a folded piece.  Why yes, I am a naive twit.  Color changes and simple placements can look good on paper, but not on teal linen.  All the white floral and leaf outlines will be done last.  The top center area has spotted flowers?, strawberries? and a leaf with shading.  That leaf may be another color frogging marathon and I'll start that area after the horses are redone and the big teal leaf is finished.  The other MAJOR issue I've been having is the actual stitching.  The new needle's point is not sharp, yet I am splitting the linen thread one in every five stitches so the floss is not in the "hole", it's off and noticeable.  Sometimes I don't see it until the next row which leads to more frogging.  Lucy Redd tested my patience but wasn't even close in frustration and frogging.  I've never had a problem with splitting threads like this.  Could it be the new needle even though it's not sharp? 
 Whatever, here is the result.  And if I would ever consider a stitching related business, the name would be The Bent Needle.  Appropriate.  This isn't the first time, I've done it often.  I yank so hard when I try to backtrack a stitch instead of removing the needle and gently pulling out the misplaced floss, that this is the result.  
 
 
 
Always in a hurry, I  end up catching or splitting something on the backside, get frustrated, and yank until I distort the linen and bend the needle.  Whew.  That's hard to admit.  But it happens.  Never have the linen threads been damaged or broken, but I do have to give the fabric a snap to realign. This is another one that I keep just to remind myself to be more patient.  Doesn't work though.  Here's so far, done over so many times that I'm surprised the linen color has held.

 
 
 I think hope the next few days of working on this will be the end, and all the white outlines will be an easy relaxing finish.  Good.  I don't want to enter into a new project with this bad attitude.

I'll leave you with a cat puzzle. Took me a while to figure out whose paws were where.
We've had a few days of warmer weather and the snow is melting, along with rains, lightning and thunder. It won't last though. More bad news coming for next week.
Enjoy your weekend.
 
Thanks for visiting.

20 comments:

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I think the horses look great! That carry picture is adorable!

Vanessa said...

For all your troubles, the piece looks beautiful. The colors are absolutely gorgeous. Sending you good vibes for finishing"

CarolG said...

I love the piece...just so you know when I finish a project my needles look just like yours

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I bend my needles on occasion too, heck I've even broken the eye clean off of a couple! :)
Deep breaths... you'll get through this sampler!

Vickie said...

It is looking great!
Sweet cats cuddling.

Kristen said...

It looks great Marly! Keep going!!

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous so far! Sigh. So lovely!

cl said...

Wait - you mean needles don't come that way!!!!! I love your honest look at life and stitching.

Maggee said...

I bend the heck out of my needles, and don't ever throw them out until they break!Ha! True confessions... It is only recently that I learned about different sized needles for different sized fabric! Thus the bent needles, when I tried different sized fabrics. Live and Learn. The horse piece looks REALLY REALLY good. You have done a great job! Hugs!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Hi, my name is Lori ~
and I'm a needle-bender too.
:)

Penny said...

The piece looks great! Well worth the trouble it is giving you!! It will be just beautiful when finished up!!
We've had many pets, but none that liked to cuddle like your's. Our 2 shih-tzus growl at each other should any part of their bodies touch.... I'm waiting for an all-out brawl on my couch one of these days! Your 2 kitties are too cute!!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Wow, this piece has turned out to be a real "eye catcher". It is beautiful and I love the colors. Not at all like me cause I prefer dull drabs. Really anxious to see the finished design.

jhm said...

I see by the other comments that it is confession time - My name is Jackie and I am a needle bender!

http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

samplerlover said...

Hi Marly, I think you and I are suffering from similar issues. I have become a lurker as well. My days just seem to be long enough. I have to admit that I'm a needle bender as well. I also seem to hsve the knack of breaking them at the eye. I have tried ablot of brands of needles and I like the Piecemakers 28. I don't seem to have that many problems with them.

Your horse piece is looking really lovely and it is worth all of the hair pulling and mumbling that you are going through. - Sandra.

Kathy L. said...

I think the horse piece is turning out really beautiful . I can't wait to see it finished.

Kathy

Sherry said...

The horses could not be more perfect! Of course, we are always harder on our own work than others. I have alot of needles that look like that.

CJ said...

Hope you are doing better today. I love the horses on the blue linen, very good choice.

CJ

Chris said...

Hey Marly!
Sorry that you are in a funk, I am right there with you. We just need to get through to the other side. You stitching is beautiful. It really looks fabulous.
Lets hope that next week is better.
Hugs

Evelyne said...

The horses look great the colour of the linen is PERFECT!!!!

nice weekend, Evelyne

Pam said...

I have a lot of needles that look like that, too. I think it just comes along with stitching. Beautiful piece!

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