Feb 27, 2017

The arrow of my ways

I've checked several books and online videos and seems everyone has their arrows pointing in a different direction for the four sided stitch. The only thing I found consistent is the cross on the backside, which I didn't have.  Except for two stitches.  So I've been doing it wrong but it really doesn't look any different from the examples.   What I found written is this stitch is mostly used in openwork or embroidery when it is pulled tightly to create little holes.  Hell.  I do that all the time with my tension.


Did not find it (probably has another name) on Mary Corbet's site.  I've mentioned her many times before and still enjoy visiting.  This trip, I found her page of free embroidery drawings to print. 
And with her teaching videos and all other help she offers, you just can't find a better source.
Not to mention her tips and techniques.
In other words, you could spend hours on her comprehensive site.
 
Now about the linen.  I must drive readers nuts about this issue because I certainly do to myself. When several online sites state "Wichelt linen" as the description, whose is it?  Permin, right?  I am to assume that it is Permin since it is stated "manufactured" by Wichelt.  Yet the vast array of colors shown are the same as Cashel and Belfast and those are the softer Zweigart, right?   123Stitch has Belfast linen "by" Wichelt and also "by" Zweigart. So I am confused.  Permin (Wichelt) is stiffer, Zweigart softer (is it?), and showing Wichelt as the source doesn't clarify if it was imported by them, or made by them.  Is Belfast manufactured by both?  I want to know the feel of the linen I am ordering and the descriptions and sources have me totally confused. 
I can't believe how many times I have typed Permin and Wichelt.  My head is spinning.  Giving Spellcheck a run for the money, lit up the page in yellow!  Silly little things like this bug the crap out of me.  I just want to know what I'm buying, and knowing the texture and hand of each type/maker helps a great deal when ordering blind. 

Kelley asked about the history of my current project, 1739 by R&R Reproductions (http://dyeing2stitch.com/) so for anyone else interested, this is the information provided with the chart.

Still processing very sad and upsetting news within my family in CA.

March is beginning, Spring is arriving soon.  Live each day to the fullest.

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11 comments:

Rugs and Pugs said...

All your linen talk is making my head spin...lol. I think I will stick with rug hooking linen for the time being 😬

jan said...

Very sorry to hear you are dealing with difficult issues within your family. Sending good thoughts your way. ...jan

Karen said...

I too find it frustrating to purchase linen on line. I like to see and touch it. I am a very visual person. Sorry to hear of difficult news. I wish you strength and then the peace that comes from using that strength. Letting go is hard and harder yet is holding close good memories.

capecodgirl565 said...

So sorry to hear you are dealing with difficult issues with your family in CA. Sending prayers that all is well, or will be very soon.

Carol said...

Oh, dear--so sorry to hear about your family problems, Marly. Being so far away must make things even harder. Hope things even out very soon...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the sampler history. Very interesting to read the biography and try to decipher the significance of the numbers and letters. The wee girl wanted to commemorate something - but she may be the only one who can tell us exactly what these meant. So sorry to learn you have had bad news. Will be praying for you and your family. Hugs from Kentucky - kelley

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Hi there,
Love the grape recipe; thanks! I am a fervent Mary C. fan; she is one of the most generous, talented posters on the net.
Life is that way, isn't it...the downs with the ups. Sometimes we are expected to be so strong and brave.
Following your stitching journey is interesting.

Krissy B. said...

Sorry about the sad family news. Sending warm cyber hugs to you. I hate the thought of you being sad.Every other emotion, but not sad.

Amanda said...

The best 4-sided stitch instructions I've found are Darlene O'Steen's. At least I can follow her directions without losing my mind or my place. And it looks good when you're done. Your discussion about linen is why I'm so paranoid about ordering on line; it all may as well be Greek. I so miss my local shop where I could actually touch the stuff! Mary's Needle N Thread site is almost as bad a time-suck for me as Ravelry. I want to do it all! Be good to you...even when Life isn't.

Frances N said...

I don't do those square stitches, so I am no help on that front....
I'm sorry to hear you have bad news. I totally understand how hard it is to deal with
anything unpleasant, but you will get through it. You don't think you will, but from experience I know that you will....prayers for you!

deb said...

Very sorry to hear you've had bad family news - you will be in my thoughts and prayers. It's so hard when you're far away....

I kind of like four sided stitch, but seem to remember having trouble making it reverse to Xs when doing anything but a straight line. Buying linen online is a total crapshoot, IMO, though I had good luck on ebay with a couple of sellers when I've wanted "lambswool" color in 32 and 35/36 - it certainly had the body I was looking for. (Who? um ... ndlpt was one, I think)

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