Jan 25, 2014

The slub trap

Hello dear readers.  It's the final weekend of January - spring is getting closer.  But not close enough for me.  I haven't been out much this week so I had planned on going into town for a good cup of coffee this morning.  Not to be.  We are getting several inches, again, and I'm not taking a chance on another accident just for good coffee.  If you've ever tasted mine, you may disagree and feel it's not only worth the risk, but necessary.
My fingertips have a few painful cracks from using cleaners and washing so often to remove paint, so I decided to try charting the teal horses instead of stitching.  Not as easy as I had hoped, but it's coming along.  I plan on stitching it as I go, charting 1/4 at a time, so I can see if my colors and shading will work.  If I wait until the entire piece is charted, I may have to go back for changes.  This way, I can see what may be off and correct it in the next 1/4.  
I started a few stitches prior to cracking and learned something about linen slubs.  On dyed linen, they are a trap.  I know you aren't supposed to pick the fat fuzz off or try to lessen their bulk, but I do anyway.  When I've come across a break in a weave, I took a linen thread from the edge and wove it in after removing the broken thread. The entire way if a small project, or just where the break happened in larger cuts.  If you leave long tails of the weave on the back, you can add the new thread in the damaged area only.  It's really not difficult to do and so unnecessary if you are sane and do not pick slubs. 
Unbleached and natural is what I use most and had no idea about the trap.  Here is the big fat slug slub on the backside after picking.  See that white strand?  It was covered by the fuzz and I have no idea why it did not accept the dye, but it didn't.  Good thing I saw this and worked from the back because the front is still good.  If I would have paid more attention to the weave before starting to stitch, I could have avoided it.  It's smaller now and won't be messed with again!  Would this happen to every dyed linen?  Who knows.  I'm probably the only wacko that tries defuzzing, and in my defense, it has always worked before.
We rigged Squeak's house with a 25 watt bulb about an inch away from the styrofoam top and sides.  Doesn't seem that warm in there to me, but my brother (cat man) claims that 15 watt is better.  He still leaves at night.  I touched him yesterday while he was eating and he made his brrt sound and didn't swat me.  This is the new toy that they all seem to love.

Except for the steel exterior front door that won't be painted until the weather cooperates, everything else is finished in here with two coats. I think I finally found the trick to painting door panels.  I did the recessed areas separately, and used a wet rag to wipe any paint that overlapped onto the flat areas.  Once those coats were dry, I used a cabinet sponge roller on the flat areas.  You have to work really quick with that roller to get an even finish but it worked so much better than trying to do the entire door at one time.   I know you saw these doors before but they are done and I'm happy to move on.  I'm glad the new room's trim, crown, and base were coated before installation so only the final coat is needed, but not glad that I didn't use the final color.  The important thing is - I like it much better so the extra work is worth it.  I use leftover plywood and drywall pieces for paint tests and purchase the $3 samples first.  It helps tremendously!  But I still have a paint problem.  They really hate to see me coming.
I found out a little more about Bloglovin.  I have seen a few now that list their blog on the profile page, so the ones I viewed that had no option for that, obviously don't have a blog.  I was mistaken in believing that everyone using it was a blogger.  I still use my reading list on my dashboard.
Enjoy your weekend, stay safe and warm.
Thanks for visiting! 


Melody said...

Your doors look beautiful. I like the color. I don't like slubs on linen, but have never tried to remove them.

backporchcarver said...

Again I learned something new, thank you! Slubs....love the word, not the slubs, I never tried to remove them (didn't think you could), just work around them, I will pay more attention to them now.I use a leather lace for my cats but I just leave it long,about 18 inches. The one cat likes to drag it along behind her(looks hilarious) and she will drag it right past the other cat til she plays with her by grabbing the other end, then the tug o war is ON!!I love the colours you have chosen,very calming.

Lanie said...

Hi Marly! I haven't been out much this week either ... and I've about had it with our winter weather ... not looking forward to the below zero temps scheduled for next week ... aarrrghhhh!!!
But I am looking forward to your teal horses! Hope your fingers heal quickly and you can get to stitchin'.
Love the paint colors. Hoping you share a photo of your new kitchen sometime ;)
Stay warm ... stay safe ... enjoy your weekend.

Vickie said...

O'Keefe's Working Hands Hand Cream!! My FIL bought it for me. This is the first winter in over 10 years I have had ZERO cracks and splits. It is not greasy either.
I pick slubs too. ;)

Karen said...

Hi Marly, what is the center sampler in your blog header? It looks like Salina something but I can't make out the last name. It's beautiful!

Penny said...

I remove the slubs, too. Didn't know that's what they were called, but have always dug them out.... so far no problems with that.
LOVE your paint color choice!!

Margaret said...

Love the paint job! You wouldn't think a 25watt bulb would be very warm, but who knows. Good luck with the teal horses.

C M Designs said...

I love you doors, floors and kitty condos. Thank you for trying to keep the kitties warm.
I hope your fingers will heal quickly.. I know they must hurt..
Stay warm and enjoy knowing that your doors are finished.
Have a great Sunday.
Charlotte in Virginia

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon Marly, love the colour of the doors, beautiful......So great you help this kitty's, Bless you, Francine.

Terry N said...

I try to pick out slubs too. I hate the way they mess up a perfectly good row of stitching, making one stitch too fat and the next too skinny. I use an eyebrow tweezer, and usually have pretty good luck with keeping the linen whole. Looking at the slub from the back, however, is a great idea!

Pam in IL said...

Your doors look great to me! I never knew about linen slubs, so thanks for that info.

We're in the midst of some nasty winter weather again. It just doesn't seem to ever end.

Evelyne said...

The doors are beautiful!
Yes I learned something new, thank you Marly for that!!

Nice Sunday, Evelyne

P.J. said...

Might have to try the leather strips for Chewie; she loves those fabric covered hair elastics; she found one in the Navy Girls room after she moved out. I love watching her carry it around with such pride. She plays fetch and will jump on my lap and drop her band for me to shoot across the room. Just showed hubby the wonderful doors; love the color! Nice kitty condos.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

The doors really do look gorgeous, and I love the color, too. I didn't know what a slub is until tonite!
I noticed the Safrona Ager sampler in your title header. I stitched mine in 1989, and did another for Ashley last year. I love the colors she used.
I'm still stitching the Polly Daggett sampler. I can't believe how difficult it is for me to see the linen threads beyond 28-count. Old eyes!

Unknown said...

I also live in this miserably cold area of western PA. Just found O'Keeffe's Working Hand Cream this year (it is on Amazon) and it is the best. I have tried several things but this is the first to actually work. No more cracks!
Love the paint choice ... Looks great.
Stay warm! I plan on cooking a roast tomorrow and staying warm by the fire with my stitching. It's even too cold for my boys to play in the snow!

Barb said...

The doors look terrific. Thanks for the tip. We always have the ugly paint lines . Next time we will try your method. I do know what you mean about the dry hands. I was washing mine many times a day to hopefully not spread my bug. The poor DH got it anyway and I ended up with very dry hands!

Shirlee said...

I try to pick out those slubs as well & oftentimes need to readjust my placement of the design because like you said, the thread under the slub didn't take the dye. I'm trying to remember to de-slub before starting a design, not after : ) The doors look great! Wish you could send all that snow here ... I'd love to have it!

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

I LoVe the door color. They turned out real nice. I tried to pick the "slub" out one time & it left a nasty hole. Now I try to avoid them :)

Three Sheep Studio said...

Love the final outcome of your painted trim. I use O'Keefe's Working Hands Cream. Works like a charm on rough, dry, split hands/fingers. Light and not greasy, but very powerful !
This is a winter that I hope doesn't repeat !

Anonymous said...

Hi! Too cold again! Wanted to tell you that for the ducks at night we fill gallon jugs with hot water and stick them in their shed since we don't have electricity in the shed. Every now and then we find evidence (poop) that someone snuggled up to that hot water bottle. Cats may like this too. I always thought slubs were something I had to live with but I will get after them now. Annie L

Anonymous said...

Love the color of those doors. You are quick! Annie L

Kevin said...

Your doors look great, and I'm filing away your tips on painting them for future endeavors.
I always pick at the slobs in linen, too! I've never needed to re-weave the spots (thank goodness) but I'm glad to read that is an option in case I get a bit overly aggressive the next time I attack one of those.

Catherine said...

Yay on finishing your doors! I try and pick the slurs too ~ depending on fabric, size and placement....sometimes! they just don't want to go!

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