Oct 8, 2014

Mary Spinney arrived

with several rows completed. The Ebay description stated such but I didn't know the extent, and I wondered if I should remove and start fresh, or continue.  Comparing the piece to my samplers, I can see the difference in stitches. But after putting a few in of my own, not noticeable at all.  Mine are just as bad!  The linen is just too open and I can't get a uniform flat stitch (this is nothing new-just thought I'd pretend that it's caused by the fabric).  The top gold band is missing two rows but I don't care.  My very first reproductions were done exactly as instructed but I was young and impressionable.  Now, I do what makes it easier and enjoyable to reach my goal of the early style I like.
 
 
 
Love the olive color of the linen but that's all. The kit states 30 count, another page states 28, and it feels like 25.  Sheer enough to see the lettering on my keyboard.  I don't mind the lower count but I like thicker threads in the fabric. You can't run a tail two stitches on the back without it being very noticeable.  See the thread hanging from the stitches beneath the V in the first photo?  Still glad I happened to spot this when searching for Mary Monier, which I didn't win (it sold for $38). I have several pieces of R&R's 18th Century Sea Glass (♥!) I could use instead but they're 13 x 18 and may be too short.   Although I love these pastels on the green, the more I see it, the more I think I want the Sea Glass 32 count with more neutral pastels.  Why am I never satisfied?  I guess my age is showing.  When I got to the stage that doctor appointments became my social life,  I started to thin out possessions that are nice and I used to love, but no longer want to settle for nice.  I want what I want.  Nice is great but spectacular is better.  I still may continue on this linen as it is, but the thought of the other will nag me.  We'll see. 
Right now I have a tummy ache from a bag of Mounds. I can't pass up a sale! There won't be any candy left by Halloween. This happened last year and started the weight gain of my personal mounds.  I need help.  And after pushing the 200# leaf blower, I need the brace back on my old knee.  They have greatly improved but one spot is still painful.  Oh.  One more thing.  I found a bunch of Santa cards and thought I gave them all away.  I'm sure I mailed to the winners - did everyone get theirs?  I want to start painting boxes for sale and should start keeping records.  In a very large binder.  Fluorescent orange binder.  Taped to the TV.  With brightly colored duct tape. Glow in the dark duct tape.  And a flag.
 
Enjoy your day!
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
 
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17 comments:

Robin said...

Oh Marly, thank you for your post this morning! I would probably continue on with Mary if it were me. Or then again, she might get tossed and restarted on fabric more to my liking. Life is too short to settle, even with our stitching.

Robin in Virginia

gracie said...

I agree with not favoring the thin types of linen. Your piece looks nice.. kits can be deceiving at times.

Maureen said...

Would it help to add an iron on stabilizer to the back of the fabric? Mind you, I know next to nothing about the beautiful stitching you do but the thought popped in my head as I was reading your post so I thought I'd toss it out here :)

Anonymous said...

Marly you speak such words of wisdom! My words are the same, I want what I want, but want less. The last few years I have parted with things using that same gauge, would I buy it today? Nice is just not 'good' enough anymore to have to dust it etc. And as for the sampler, I don't like that thin linen either, maybe try just a bit on your other linen and you will know which to pursue. Enjoy the day! Debbie in IL

diamondc said...

I have had the same problem with threads on the back, however the problem seemed to solve itself when I used a background fabric before framing, good luck.
Mounds yummy, I had an attack of the snickers bars not long ago.

Catherine

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

LUV the sampler. The linen not so much. You will find a way as you always do.

Peace to all,
Barb

C. M. Designs said...

I think you should do what will, in the end, make you the happiest with your latest sampler.. All of that stitching takes a lot of time and patience not to be completely satisfied. Just my opinion..
I love your last comment about the Fluorescent orange binger, taped to the TV with duct tape and a flag.. I need to do the very same thing with some of my things will be right where I want them when I want them.
I love Mounds and Almond Joy too.
Charlotte in Virginia

Margaret said...

I know I would be lazy and just continue with it, but you have to be happy with it so do what will make you happy. It's a pretty one!

Mary said...

Looks like you could use the fabric for a window screen. I like to use two threads....I made one sampler with single thread hated the look.... You are like my husband I must hide all Halloween candy from him....or it will be gone. Me, it takes me about six months to eat a box a chocolate, don't hate me.

Karen said...

You are too funny. Love the folder idea!

Anonymous said...

Hello Marly, Thanks for the smiles today. Have a great day! SAH

Jacqueline said...

You crack me up.

Pam in IL said...

I love the new sampler and probably would feel the same as you about the fabric, but I'd have to do some more stitches just to make sure I really don't like the fabric, lol.

I can actually picture the fluorescent binder and glow in the dark duct tape on the tv!

terry a said...

Terry A - Santa cards received!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

LOL, you are hilarious, love your binder idea :O)

C. M. Designs said...

I liked your decision to use the pretty blue for the house on the last sampler and I love the Uniform blue that you're using for this one..
Enjoy doing what relaxes and makes you they happiest this weekend..
Charlotte in Virginia

Barbara said...

Marty you might as well stop now on Mary because if you're like me....as we are the same age.....it will nag at you until you can't think of anything else and then you'll be mad at yourself for not changing it sooner because you've wasted all this time. Sound familiar?
Blessings

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