Feb 15, 2015

Finished is not forever

Hey.  What's happening?  We're getting closer to spring, that's what. 
Hope the weekend is going great.
 
I had a pillow of this design from Homespun Elegance displayed for many many years.  Loved it.  Then as my tastes started to change, the buttons bugged me.  So did the Amber linen background.  Once one of my favorite linen colors, now I hate it.  It looks great in certain designs, but not with my other drab linen pieces.  When I was on my dyeing binge, nothing worked to rid the red cast of the linen I had left, for some reason the dye rinsed out completely.  Maybe because this piece was exposed to light and air for so long, it reacted differently, or maybe the Dawn dish soap helped a little.  Anyway, I cut off the buttons and realized there needs to be something stitched in their place, and it was a little larger than I wanted.
 
 So I decided to remove the stitched line from the button areas, put a dab of fabric glue over the cut floss ends on the back, and sew it smaller.  Now it is more my style, the green/black dye worked perfectly, and here it is on the original's backing.  Big difference in size.  Notice that the DMC floss did not darken much at all with the green/black dye, and it was dipped for a while. Some colors grab and some don't.  So if you have pieces from many years ago that don't fit with your current style, don't be afraid to cut, shorten, darken.  If you don't care for it any longer, no great loss if you ruin it!
 
 
 


Changed this heart's shape which was like its companion beneath it, annoying me, so I narrowed it even though I lost some of the stitching.










 This design is showing on Pinterest and although I have searched extensively, I cannot find the chart.  Love love it.  Want it.  I'm sure someone knows where to direct me...oh no...was this a club design?   Is that why I can't find it?   I've never joined one and miss out on some great pieces, but there are several projects I would not want, plus I'd probably change linen and thread so it's not worth it for me.  I hope this wasn't a club design.  I'm crabby enough.

 I received an email from a reader who is generous enough to offer the Love chart I recently showed by Emie Bishop for a giveaway.  Would any of you be interested in it?  Please let me know and if there are enough of you, we'll do that.
I started taking meds because my food has been sticking in my esophagus for a few months, trouble swallowing, major heartburn that I never had before, couldn't bend over without a food issue. Instead of having a scope now, she wants me to take a small dose of Ativan with the acid meds because at the end of the exam, she asked if there was any stress in my life.  Bingo.  Didn't realize it could all be caused by recent events and the esophagus can constrict from anxiety.  If all goes well, these issues could resolve on their own. 
 
Have a great Sunday.
 
Thanks for visiting.
Let me know if you would be interested in a Love chart giveaway.
 
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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry to tell you, but the chart is from the Stacy Nash club at SG Country sampler

Jacqueline said...

Well you do have little stress in your life right now. Hope it clears itself up for you.

Colleen said...

Love your liberating idea of amending older stitching. I have a couple of Alma Lynn pieces I stitched in the (gasp) 80's. I still like the stitching, but they're on white Aida, and not fond of the framing either. It's a blizzard, officially, 'here, so a good day to take apart a piece and amend it. You are my I spiration!

kelley said...

Great to change up old pieces...I've unhooked many a rug to use the wool and backing again...tastes sure change over 20-30 years...

glad you've found an "easier" solution to the esophagus problem...stress has wreaked havoc on my body the past few years...keeping you and your sister in my thoughts and prayers...hugs

Cindy's Stitching said...

some pretty pieces. Your heart looks great. Heart shapes give me a hard time to. I will have to learn to perfect that.

Silvana said...

delizioso molto bello
silvana

Robin said...

I really like the change you made to your Homespun Elegance piece and I like your changed heart shape.

While I like some of the club pieces I see out on the 'net, I would rather just have the chart and make my own fabric choices.

Stay warm!

Robin in Virginia

celkalee said...

Your re-make is just right. I thank you for giving me permission to do just that! When you are raised to be a rule follower, it is hard to color outside the lines. (((insert smile here)))

Another simple help with esophageal issues, little sips of water while eating. The same anxiety/stress issues also cause a dryness that impedes swallowing. Posture while eating needs to be monitored as well. Simple things. It is hell getting old, isn't it?

Margaret said...

It's amazing how stress can affect so many things in your health. Hope it gets better now. Love the changes you made in your older heart piece.

Maggee said...

Very neat how you totally changed that HE piece! And the other heart one... it still conveys Love! I shall keep praying for you and your family during this hard time! Hugs!

Kate said...

Such a clever idea to change this piece - looks terrific and I think you are very adventurous. Nice to know that stress was the cause of your problems and here's hoping the stress can soon be alleviated.

Pam in IL said...

I never would have thought to change a piece like you did with the HE piece. Thanks for the inspiration and permission to change an already finished piece. Sorry to hear about the stress related problems you're having.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be stress free for a while? I wouldn't know how to act. So happy the doctor asked.
Great change to your piece. I think I have that same one someplace stitched by my sister. Where, oh where, can it be?
0* here in Ohio but the sun is shining and the winds are low...but I still hate it :)
Hugs,
Lauren

Truus said...

Love the way you changed your stitching and it looks great!Love your hearts too!
Hope the stress will gone after your sister and her son will have their surgery.
greetings,Truus from Holland

StitchinByTheLake said...

I have esophageal spasms and it's really awful. The things that help me the most when I can't get rid of the stress are to avoid spicy foods, like Mexican and Italian. We're supposed to get an ice storm here tonight so I'm hoping we don't lose power tomorrow! blessings, marlene

Barb said...

I really like the way you change things to suit your needs!! Sure hope you feel better. You have had more than your share of stress lately.

Marlene said...

You're bravery is admirable. I have no problem changing thread color, but changing an already finished piece! WOW! But then...why not if you don't like it anymore.
Yes, I am interested in the chart by Emie Bishop.

Paula said...

Gorgeous refinishing.
And yes to the giveaway of Love. :)
Paula

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I hope you feel better with the ativan. Stress is a nasty bugger!! Yes on the love giveaway - fo course!! I guess I have been under a rock with school - I check for posts every day - I thought!!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to add that the Stacy Club pattern is her first for the 2015 year. She sometimes releases the same patterns to the general public a year or two later. So there's hope. Beautiful finish on your heart bag. Mouse

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