Oct 12, 2014

Learning to use overdyed

Good day to you.  Weekend going well?  Mine started early Saturday with the sounds of chain saws and shredders.  Eight of my huge ash trees are dying because of the Emerald Ash Borer.  Too bad our yard is still a swamp and the trucks are tearing the crap out of it.  But I have to say, whenever we need to hire someone for outdoor work, I luck out and get really good looking young guys.  Hard working too. 
I don't often use overdyed threads, mostly because I never see them and ordering that type online is a shot in the dark.  When I got Harry Tyler's Lion from Heartstring, I purchased several skeins of the Uniform Blue.  I love that design and really want to stitch it, but every time I pull it out, the alphabet pulls me back.  Maybe that will be the next project, I'll order more blue.  Anyway, since I'm not familiar with overdyed stitching, it never occurred to me that my way of starting a new thread would be wrong.  Well it is.  Now that I have two sewing methods for full stitches, I though that would be all I had to change.  While working on Eliz last night (using two threads on 28 count), I noticed that one end was very dark and the other very light. 
Certainly not the color placement it should be.  How could I get the light to dark variance when they are both in the same stitch? 
 I have always used the loop method when starting a new thread - folding over one long thread, two ends into the eye and then through the loop behind the fabric to secure instead of having tails.  No can do!  When I fold the thread, the shading doesn't line up and it just doesn't work.  Now I will use two single threads from the same piece and the varied shades will line up, the stitches will reflect the variance.  You know what I mean?  Of course you do, but I hadn't a clue.  But of course if I see a piece that when folded, lines up with the shading, I'll use my loop.  I'm set in my ways and do NOT like change!  There's a difference between experienced stitcher and knowledgeable stitcher.  I've been stitching samplers for over 30 years, but still lack many of the tricks, tips, and basics.  I'm still learning. 
On my way back from my injections Friday, I came across a farmer selling dried gourds he found in the barn's attic.  This was what he had left and wanted rid of them, I got a good price.   Their dried skins are still on, not cleaned at all, and I haven't decided if I will or not.  Maybe just a good brushing with stiff bristles.
You saw the inside - this is the outside of the finished fridge cabinet.

I also wanted to mention that if anyone would like the Sampler/Antique Needlework Quarterly but shipping outside the USA is costly, you can get the subscription digitally for $21.97 here. Access to two years' prior issues included. You can print the charts or view them on the screen while stitching, even enlarge them. 
So that's it boys and girls!  Oh.  I'm sorry.  According to a school in Nebraska, we have to be gender neutral.  No more ladies and gentlemen or boys and girls.  The kids must be addressed as purple penguins or campers, and not line up as boys and girls - instead, by their preferences such as Summer or Winter, bikes or skateboards.  And what if the kid likes Fall?  Or doesn't bike or board?  Aren't you excluding them?  I'm tired of hearing about agendas instead of education.  Just call them KIDS or CHILDREN instead of making the majority feel there is something wrong with them for being who they are. They are also rethinking gender bathrooms and locker rooms. Make one gender neutral and leave the current set up for those kids that are uncomfortable without privacy.  I don't know how an 8 year old would feel, but as a 63 year old, it's confusing ME!!
Have a great week purple penguins!!!


CJ said...

I love stitching with over dyed or variegated threads, learned a long time ago no loop starts. Also, I tend to keep my threads short, they fray much easier than single color threads.

Love the gourds.


Vickie said...

What a find on the gourds!
That purple penguin crap makes me sick. Get REAL!!

dogwoodfarm said...

Love your old gourds and your cabinet finish looks great!!
Never used over dyed threads ~ whatever you decided on will look wonderful!
Have a great day!

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Love the gourds! And I know what you mean about stitching with overdyeds. But the effort pays off when you see how lovely they look.

As for the gender crap? My thought is if your plumbing is "outside", go to the men's room. If your plumbing is "inside" go to the ladies room. Problem solved.

Robin said...

I don't want to be a purple penguin. And I don't want to use a gender neutral restroom. Yuck!

Great find on the gourds! And for stitching with overdyes, most don't loop, but do what you want to do, Marly. I keep my thread lengths short because of knotting, shredding, and fraying.

Enjoy your day!

Robin in Virginia

pj said...

Another tip if you want the threads to look variegated you must do one full X at a time. IF you do not do this, might as well just use DMC. I think you will be happy with it if you don't use the loop method, which I love too; and finish each stitch individually. Yes, change us sometimes good. Uniform Blue is one of my favs too. Gorgeous color on your fabric!

Good luck. Will be watching your progress.

Carol said...

Like you, I"m constantly learning new things about stitching, Marly--at least we're not too old to learn, right? I love the Uniform Blue color that you're using...

Nice find on the gourds and your kitching is really coming together. Forgot to mention how much I LOVE your header--such a peaceful autumn scene!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Happy Sunday Girlfriend! Hmmmm... You're making me remember some of those things I learned so long ago....Yes, I remember that about the variegated floss now that you mention it....Perhaps that's why I don't stitch with it much because I love the loop start...I HATE trying to work the tales in in the beginning of my stitches....and my OCD just makes it worse (you know...gotta have it long enough so it will NEVER EVER come out....) Love me some gourds....and how convenient that they are all perfectly dried for you.... Have a great rest of your weekend! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Mary said...

I am a loop girl myself. If the pattern has a large item such as a house, I use variegated with a loop and you can notice a subtle difference. Otherwise I use DMC ( cheaper too). Have a great Sunday.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Ooooo, You know how I LUV gourds and your kitchen cabinets too...a real primitive finish. Can't wait to see it all completed.

Marie said...

Your post made me realize that as a long time stitcher I should "share" some tips...tips that sometimes we assume everyone knows.

The joy of Autumn can be found in the beauty of the gourds!!! Much like you I do love gourds. :-)

Barb said...

You hit the jackpot in gourds!! I love the way your cabinet looks!

Rugs and Pugs said...

I may be an experienced stitcher but definitely NOT a knowledgeable one. You lost me. I'd have to really think about what you were saying and that's not in the cards tonight.
The gourds look wonderful on you ladder.
Political correctness has gone mad!!!
Hugs :)

C. M. Designs said...

I think this whole world is in a "dither" about political correctness.. Where are the good old days ?
I almost, always, use a loop to start. When I took a class, oh, so many years ago I was taught to fasten the end by locking the thread..
Your cabinet color and finish is gorgeous.. I know you'll love your kitchen when it's finished..
How come I get old, gray haired men when it comes to tree trimming.. The electric company just sent a notice that they will be on my street soon.
Love your gourds.. You really made a "haul". I love your Fall header too !
Enjoy your week.. I hope it's good in everyway.
Charlotte in Virginia

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

The gourds are wonderful. The farmers I know would have pitched them. This guy knew how to make a buck; glad you were able to get so many.

Thanks for the tip on the over dyed floss. Now I understand why my stitches didn't look as good as they should have.

Theresa S said...

I love your cabinets...after all your do I want this or that you picked the perfect finish - enjoy!! What a great gourd find. Not looping is my way to stitch with over dyed - only takes an extra minute.

Maggee said...

I just learned about doing the variegated a different way recently, so that it comes out 'tweedy' instead of in rows... Gonna try it! I am open to new techniques for my stitching, but NOT for my gender! I saw a shift when, in the public schools, my kids' spelling was not being corrected when there was an error. I asked why not, and was told they didn't want to 'hurt their feelings' !! What do feelings have to do with correct spelling?? Our country is going down on being the best, that is for sure!

Pam in IL said...

Love the front of the cabinet and all those gourds too!

As for the loop method, I still use it with over-dyed threads. The colors don't always match up exactly, but I generally match up the colors on the ends if there's a drastic difference in color throughout the thread.

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