Jan 13, 2015

Done...



with disregard to proper sewing and measuring,  lack of respect for the stitching, and reckless use of sandpaper. 120 grit.  I created a few broken linen threads to mimic worn areas, roughed the fabric, tore some floss, and I'm still not happy. I think the linen is too light for the look I wanted.  There was no time to look through fabrics when I left for the Clinic.  A complete dip in a darker dye will probably help, and next time I want it to look old, I will use 535 or 844 instead of black. 



 
I'm on edge as I have been for quite a while, waiting for the phone to ring, which it does regularly.  I see her number on the screen and wonder what I will hear.  Six more weeks!  That restlessness and anxiety makes me careless and unfocused, but I would have treated this project the same even without the stress.   Menopause did me wrong years ago so I can't blame it on my sister!
Enjoy your day.

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29 comments:

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Oh, I love it. Maybe you are being a little critical of your work. I would be proud to have produced this. Fingers crossed for only good news on that phone. Irene xxx

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

even though I designed it {way back when} I agree that it would look 'older' without the black threads...there's always next time :) but with that said, I love your finish! :)

...wishing you only the best news.
L

Shirlee said...

Love how you used the sandpaper to mimic worn threads! It looks great but I understand where you are coming from with your critique. I also wish for you to hear nothing but good news on the phone.

Carmen Sutton said...

I think that your too close to the finish and therefor to critical of your work. I really like the piece if your fabric seems to light spill a little coffee on it, it will give it a nice brown tone. Hope your phone is nice and quite for the next few weeks while waiting for your sisters next procedure.

Vickie said...

I am praying for her and son daily. Yikes Marly! You are so brave!

Vera said...

I do love your finish Marly - I think it looks great. Well, heck, you at least finish things...not me...I stitch and then the pieces go in a drawer - lol. Continued prayers for your sister and her son...and only good rings on the phone for you.

Barb said...

Your project looks good to me but I do understand that it needs to suit YOU! I have been through the same situation many times.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Your post made me laugh. It looks great.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

love the project. I think the holes are lovely!!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Marly I think it looks lovely personally!
Your sister is always in my prayers and only good news to come!

Monica said...

Very nicely done!!

laceystitcher said...

You are braver than I would be. Your project looks great to me; I would not be able to put the holes/broken threads on it. Praying for good news only!

Pam in IL said...

Well, I think the project looks awesome! I certainly understand the stress and the feeling that the phone is going to ring at any moment. Prayers for you and your family.

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness Marly it is simply wonderful! Too much on your mind these days. Love and prayer for you and your sister.

capecodgirl565 said...

I am sincerely hoping for only good news for your sister and her son from here on out. In the meantime, I don't know Marly, I am loving your finish!

Margaret said...

That's beautiful, Marly! Continued prayers. I'm thinking positive thoughts for good things to come for Carole and her son.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your work is always wonderful!!!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Judy said...

I love how you created "old" fabric. It truly does look old. Continued prayers for your sister. I sure hope she gets the help she needs in Cleveland. Totally understand being on edge for the phone to ring.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Mouse said...

looks good to me from this side of the pond ... ((hugs)) re the phone .... love mouse xxx

Our photos said...

Beautiful is the bag!
Greetings, Sonnja

Sarlilla Sara said...

I really like what you've created! And I find that it is also so beautiful!
I hope that the health of your sister's best!
a hug from italy
Sara

C. M. Designs said...

I'm in "awe" of your work, any way you finish it. Your bag looks wonderful to me.
I had an Aunt who painted beautiful water color pictures.. She never thought they were good enough and would throw them in the trash.. To anyone else, they were a work of art. I asked her to paint a picture for me and I cherish it to this day. It is a simple snow scene with a tiny cardinal perched on the stump of a tree.
Having six more weeks of waiting, for what Carole has to go through, is enough to wrack the nerves, mind and body.
Try to enjoy your stitching. Make another apple pie. Blame your frustration on the "freezing rain", snow, winter !
Thinking of you !
Charlotte in Va.

terry a said...

Marly - It is in a good spot, looks more than fine, and as I need to remind myself regularly, it is completed and I did it - something many others would love to do!!! It is so sad how many of us are critica1 with our own work. You are a great stitcher, finisher, and innovator - give yourself a hand!!!!

BTW - great sister too :-)

Three Sheep Studio said...

Your finish is perfect, Marley !
Beautiful design and bag. Don't be too hard on yourself.
Rose

Dogwood Farm ~ Louise Tietjen said...

I think it's beautiful! Spray it with some Walnut dye.
Hope all is well..
xo

Karen said...

Wow! You did a great job on the design. Can you do your magic with some bleach on the black and then dye it? You are getting really good at making the work look old.

Barbi said...

I love the finish! You shouldn't be so hard on it :) Prayers still going out to give you strength.

Maggee said...

Nicely done--a very primitive finish for you!

Jean Bee said...

Well I think it looks good...but I think a dip in the antiquing dye will make it perfect.
Thanks for the tip about not using a black floss...now that I think of it black really does "jar" something you want to look vintage!

I am praying and hoping that all will go well with your sister.

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