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.
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