Sep 23, 2013

Interview with a stitcher part 2


I'll start off by saying I'm completed and glad the process of bringing me to life is over. I've been frustrated, sad, lonely, and hot, and have a few questions for you if you don't mind.
Give it your best shot Ms. Davis. Keep in mind, I have control of the keyboard, and the lighter.
This took longer than expected. Was it because of the work being done in your home?
Well, partly. I am a procrastinator.
From Virginia? Related to Harvey Procrastinator?
Let's start at the beginning. My original piece was stitched using one, two, and four threads. From the start, you chose to ignore this and use two strands throughout. Explain?
Sure. I don't pay enough attention to the chart's details when stitching and would end up having to go back for corrections. I would ask you - why weren't you consistent? I think my way was better.
The color changes you made were primarily because of the linen color, right? I see no fault in adjusting shades that would otherwise fade into the fabric. I'm sure my linen was not the same color as yours.
Yes you're correct. The trouble came because I failed to note what those changes were, but with the randomness, it wasn't an issue.

My satin stitch was troublesome for you, yet it's a simple stitch. What was the problem?
Good question. My stitches are always pulled and tension is hard to get right. But the placement gave me fits this time and I can't explain why. I saved it for the end, following a repeat that I could remember.
But you forgot to change color on the last several sawtooths.
I told you I don't pay close attention to the chart.  And why would you change the last three?
And you changed one satin stitch band to two rows of cross.
Guilty. Move on.
And you didn't feel that I deserved to be covered or protected when you weren't around?
If I would put my stitching in a bag, folder, or basket, I would search for hours trying to remember where it is.
But don't you think that there is history in recreating a piece done by a young girl so long ago and should be treated with respect?
Well......I never thought of it that way. But it's just me with some linen and threads! I rarely follow the chart exactly and it's YOUR piece that's important, not my copy. You didn't care enough to correct simple errors, your flowers ran into bands, you changed the bottom border which I didn't see until too late, misaligned your letters, so get off your tuffet.
Do you have any regrets about leaving me outside on your swing, completely forgotten until late at night when it was dark and cold?
I've put up with the flameless fire emanating from your body, the heavy neck pack being thrown on me, that fat black cat sitting on me, close calls with chocolate smeared fingers, and hearing words that we NEVER used back in my day. I know I'm a "piece of fabric and some threads" to you, but can I be treated with some dignity? I worked hard and tried my best to create this, I'm part of a historical society, and many hours were involved in bringing my work to you.
Now you will stick pins in me and hang me from a wall, bare naked. When this you see, remember me, and the way I've been treated. I hope you get pleasure from what I will add to your home, and realize that that alone, should be reason enough to be treated with a little respect.
I'm sorry. ......wait.....
You almost had me! I know you are right and many stitchers take pride in needlework history. But I can't stop my hot flashes from affecting you, the place I set you down and forget, what the fat cat does, where my heat pack ends up when I whip it off, the amount of chocolate on my fingers, and the fact that I can't afford to dress you in finery (or prefer nakedness). I thank you for your work and those involved with bringing it to me, and appreciate the opportunity to have it in my home. But if I became a responsible stitcher, I may not enjoy it any longer. My mind is not as sharp as it once was, and will overlook some details, forget other things, and fail to have the attention and patience necessary.
OK. I understand a little better now. I am flattered that you like my design and chose it over so many others. I should be happy that my name and work will hang in your home, and not be so rigid in how it got there. Fact is, I could have been just as reckless with my linen when creating this, and I made many errors that could have been easily corrected, but I chose to be as informal as you were.   Friends?
Are you going to put those little hairs on the other three sides of my border?
Yes dear, when my face quits pounding.
You look bad. Still sick?
Very. I think a few days of rest is in order. And when I feel better, I'll show off my revamped 6" box that will hold Midnight Ride. And my dried yellow beans.
Thank you Thankful Davis.  We are more alike than you would think.


jan said...

Right on, Marly! ...jan

Anne said...

Stunning finish!! I got a kick out of reading this interview! Can't believe you left it out at night! LLOLOLOL!

backporchcarver said...

I think this sampler is just so amazing, I love your color choices and thought your "interview" was so funny. You were bang on about getting so annal about the "rules" that you no longer enjoy what your doing. If it ain't fun, don't do it. I have looked on the internet everywhere I can think of to find the chart for that sampler and can't find it. Is it no longer available?

Carole said...

Thankful is wonderful! And your interview with" her" is a
treasure and should be published on every cross stitch magazine so stitchery can realize it's OK to change fabric, change color(s) and even change stitches...whatever makes you happy! Besides that, you've given me a giggle that will last all week!

Melissa said...

Oh, thanks for the interviews! I had a good chuckle over them!

I love this piece, Marly! You did a wonderful job making it your own!

cucki said...

Aww sweet sampler..
And the interview is awesome (:
Hugs x

Georgie said...

Hysterical! I am LOL!

I change pattern colors, forget to take the hoop off, eat while I'm stitching, make mistakes...anf guess what...nobody gives a damn!!!!

Vickie said...

Oh poor Bud, being called a fat cat and all.
I too eat dark chocolate while stitching. ;)

Lizzy said...

Love that I got another laugh today. I love your blog and your stitching in very inspirational.

Margaret said...

It's a wonderful finish! Perfect in every way! Don't listen to Miss Davis. :D

Simply Victoria said...

Great finish and a playful interview!

Casa Pearl said...

OMG what a great post! Thanks for making me smile on a Monday.

And your piece is wonderful. Congrats on the finish.

Karen said...

Hi Marty,
I missed the first part of the interview so had to go back to it...
How fun to do this and let all of us know that there are some other wonderful stitchers out there.

Nancy said...

I enjoy your blog and this Davis peace turned out wonderful. I agree with you about using what ever linen, floss and color you want. It makes it more your sampler. Thanks, Nancy P.

Chris said...

She is beautiful even though she is a little grumpy :)

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Simply lovely...and funny :)

Happy Room Diana said...

Did I miss something? This is a wonderful sampler is it available to buy? What is it called... I'm a born again x stitcher and would love to work it.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

You write as well as you stitch. Enjoyed every bit of the interview and your stitching progress. Now you can take a deep breadth and relax ... it is amazing!

Carol said...

Still chuckling after reading this, Marly--thanks for brightening my day!

Pam in IL said...

Well now, isn't that an interesting perspective, lol. Thanks

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