Nov 17, 2015

Changes continue

Hello people.  Hope everyone is doing well.  We're getting so close to Christmas and I'm still crabby about the end of summer.  Thanksgiving is next week and last year at this time, we were in a completely different state of mind, no dinners, no Christmas, no holiday.  This year there is much to be thankful for and our holidays will be celebrated.  I would rather have spaghetti than turkey but won't win on that one.
 
While trying out the new Bosch with Rack-a-matic (upper rack can be moved up or down), I stood in a twisted position and all of sudden, couldn't straighten.  Years ago I was at my parent's house every day and every year in the fall with a very heavy gas hand held leaf blower, no support, and that slight forward bend from the weight ruined my lower back muscles.  Any time I need to keep a slightly forward position, like at the laundry tub, it hurts.  This time, because of the bend but also the twisted position, something else happened.  I just wish there was a way to not make those noises that automatically spew from my mouth.
 
The flag on this design patterned three rows of red to one row of white.  Took it out and started over.  Because of needing an odd number centered, those three red stayed but I changed the other stripes to two rows red and two rows white.  I like it better.  I'm using the darker 680 for his coat, and I don't like the green for collar and cuff so......  another change coming.  I may use a fuzzy thread (if I didn't give them all away) but wouldn't a pile look nice?  Turkey stitch cut to a short pile. I may try a sample elsewhere in case I throw a tantrum.  If all else fails, one dark brown thread with one light thread will give me the tweedy look and the more I think about it (like just now), that may be the ticket.  I shouldn't be tempting frustration while teetering on the edge of a slump.
 
Have a good one!!
 
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21 comments:

Vickie said...

That positioning gives my back spasms and aches too.
Yes, go the easy route with tweeding at this point.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

I am particularly fond of patriotic Santas... He is looking good already. Sorry about your back. I had an X-stop surgically placed in my lower back 6 years ago...it gave me my life back. I was suffering from severe Sciatica, had to crawl to get around. I am trying to tolerate the 'Golden Years'. Anyways, take care. Have a blessed Thanksgiving. My daughter, Pam & SIL are having us down to their place. I don't even have to bake pies(I will miss baking), son Jeff the Chef is doing that. Will include pictures of the event on my Blog next week.

Enjoy the day with hopes of you feeling BETTER!

Peace to All and God Bless America,
Barb

Ronda Tedder said...

Hope your back is feeling better soon! ... santa is looking great!

Robin in Virginia said...

Ouch! Hope the back is feeling better soon! I like your changes to the Santa's flag. I also like your idea of 1 brown and 1 white to create your own marl.

Jacqueline said...

My God but you stitch fast. Love the Santa and the flag is great.

Hope your back feels better soon.

debbie haggard said...

i love how your changes consistently make the pattern even more appealing, and i enjoy 'hearing' your thought process!

rosek1870 said...

Always love the changes you make and this time is no exception!
Hugs,
Rose

Rugs and Pugs said...

So sorry to hear about your back.
I'm lovin' your patriotic Santa.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Shelly said...

I have the exact same problem with my back as you. I don't last very long once the ache begins and my housework suffers for it! Liking the look of Patriotic Santa so far. I'll be keeping an eye on your progress!

diamondc said...

Marly: I like this pattern can, I like to change colors and even rows like you, sometimes this needs to be done.
I sure hope you are healing fast, ouch.
I am sad summer is over I dislike winter and driving in Minnesota is bad in the winter.

Blessings
Catherine

Frances N said...

Your stitching is coming along great! I've never changed up a pattern--looks like you've done another good job! Sure hope your back gets better quickly!

Barb said...

I love patriotic Santas and yours is just wonderful. I sure hope you did not hurt your back!!

C. M. Designs said...

I am so thankful that this time of the year is so much better for you than last year. Fix yourself some spaghetti to go with your turkey ?
I love your Santa and the explanation of what you're doing is so interesting. As my Mom used to say "you have the patience of Job". Looking forward to the finished creation.
Charlotte in Va.

blueladie said...

Hope your back eases soon. Sending prayers. Cathryn

Brigitte said...

I hope your back will soon be better.
Your Santa is coming along great.

Annmarie said...

You always have such great ideas for changes to a pattern, both with placement of stitches and thread colors and types. When I first started stitching I went completely by the designers choices but now enjoy changing things up to make it my own. I'm definitely not a designer - but love to take their wonderful pieces and change them up. Thanks for sharing your ideas....I copy lots of them. Have a great Thanksgiving and holiday season.

CathieJ said...

I love the idea of using two different threads for a tweedy look.

Penny said...

I'm crabby about the end of summer too! Back pain is the worst ~ seems to take a long time to get better. Hope you are feeling better.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I've had terrible back/sciatic pain so my sympathies.....that's awful stuff. On the other hand this Santa is wonderful. :) blessings, marlene

Maggee said...

Gee, I hope that your back is better by now... I had the same problem with a different flag design... I threw it away!! Good for you in re-doing it... Hugs!

Melody said...

Hope your back is much better by now. The santa is looking good!

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