For photographing, I usually put a white paper beneath the linen, otherwise the weave makes a crazy photo. You can see where it ends and how sheer the linen is. Alice sent a tip about the carry over threads. Instead of using little muslin strips or fusible facing, she uses bits of acid free tissue paper. Much thinner and easier to slip under your thread, even if you need it doubled.
Thank you Alice, I will definitely use your tip. I've been a carrier overer for decades.
I also noticed the change of blue in the chart's photo, probably from fading, and started the 312 used in the bottom sooner than I should have. Would prefer softer shades of the blues but decided to keep the bold for a change. Because of the linen's thicker threads and slubs, the satin stitch isn't very nice but that's OK. Stitching the border as I go instead of all at one time is helping me deal with my borderitis. Love seeing them, hate doing them. The large flower is next but I want to catch up on the border details first.
This was yesterday afternoon, again, buckets and buckets. There is no way to walk in the garden, it's like quicksand and the walkways have been flooded for weeks. My petunias' leaves are all yellowed and the ones that can be moved have been protected from the sudden and continuous rains but they are still soaked. No way to dry out without warmth from the sun.....or the sun itself! The tomatoes all have a blight from the dampness so we purchased a few more and put them in pots, but they are already a month behind for the short season.
The hostas' huge white spikes are usually well into the window, but not this year. All stunted and the deer have decided to do a taste test. All around crap summer! I only get three months and lost one already - crabbier than ever. I can't even slug hunt. Vickie's tip of pouring salt on them works almost instantly. I don't want anything to suffer (except for rotten people) and they don't. They actually melt very quickly. Weird. Very effective when they are on a plant and you have no other way to stop them. The mosquitoes are so terrible, you can't open the door without being attacked. We have three sets of twin fawns and they are just shaking their little bodies constantly because of the bugs. Tried all the tricks for repellents but nothing is working.
Mark's golf course is closed because of the water. This time, the clubhouse is also flooded.
I guess as long as I am still here to bitch, it's a good day. So I should shut my pie hole and accept it. Hmmm. Pie. I still have elderberries in the freezer. OH! That reminds me. A company on the highway from my house has quite a bit of frontage, all filled with natural plants and many large elderberry bushes. Been there for years and the safest area to pick. They had chainsaws come in and cut it all down. What an eyesore of stumps and sticks instead of the natural hedge. My berries are gone. Been a great summer so far. Pie hole....shut.
Hope your day was/is/will be a great one.
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