Aug 6, 2016

It doesn't take much

to turn a slump into a suspension for me.  After all the dyeing and adjusting to get the deep crabass brown shade I wanted, took the time to work out the best colors for it, even ran the red thread to make sure the border will be in line, and I'm screwed.  Maybe you can tell me why.

This is the chart and the count is correct. Using the 30 count fabric, it should be 16 1/4" and it states to cut the linen 18".  My piece is 19 1/2". 

The 233 stitch count ÷ 14 (28 count fabric) would be 16.6". 

For 30 count, 233 ÷ 15 would be 15.5". 

This is 30 count and I'm already at 17" and I have 26 rows to go!  What the hell?  What did I do?

I have counted over and over, have no more room, and (I'll say it again because I need it to sink into my brain) still have 24 rows to go.  Can anyone figure this out?  Do I have watermelon brain from eating too much of it?  It doesn't make sense.  I'm putting it aside and will try to figure this out tomorrow. 
Mark just told me that Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is on the tv.  The movie that makes me laugh until the tears come and the mascara runs.  Half over and I'm starting with the car rental so the best is yet to come.  After all the stitching issues, the day will be ending with laughter. 
Hope you're having the giggles too.


Terri said...

Hmmmm. I get 10x13" if you do the numbers as over 1 on 30ct with 3" margins all around. How frustrating!

P Phillips said...

Are you stitching over one or over two?

Pati P.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

The calculator I use says for 233 x 119, 30ct over 2 with a 2 inch border needs 20 x 12.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Is the fabric the right way up?

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Have you checked that the fabric really is 30 count?

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Maybe the pattern is wrong!

Joan said...

Is your fabric really 30 count? It looks like it is actually 25 count.

Margaret said...

I agree with everyone else. Wrong fabric count, pattern is wrong, etc. Hope you figure it out!

deb said...

Argh! I empathize completely - stuff like this makes me crazy!

Okay, the numbers on the chart work (but they're barely giving you more than a inch margin all around - yeesh!), and if you've counted repeatedly and still have bunches left to stitch, the problem must be something else.

You certainly aren't going to have missed something like the border wanting to be stitched over one instead of over two, so if that's the problem, it must be an error in the chart or directions. But that doesn't seem likely - how many sampler charts have the *borders* over one and inner stuff over two?

The other possibility is that, as Joan above me said, your fabric isn't (or perhaps isn't any more, after the dyeing) 30 count. I blew up your last picture and it looks like 13 stitches in a one inch space. At least I think I'm seeing right - you've got half crosses in there right now, yes?

Robin in Virginia said...

I have no advice; just sending good thoughts.

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