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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Two Strands is Better

I've been working on the bug for Cabinet of Curiostities.  I've learned several things already.  First, I'd like to start over and make it neater.  Second, the recommended three strands of  silk is too many.  I was fighting to get my needle through the linen.  So I changed to two strands and it is much better.  Easier stitching and more even and neater stitches.

  Maybe that is because I am working "in hand" instead of having the linen stretched taut on a frame.  I am changing the colors along the way.  I wanted the sky to go from light at the top to dark instead of the other way around.  The silk we are working with is not all that cooperative.  It has a mind of its own.

I am totally frustrated with the messiness of my sewing room.  I wanted to do more on the basket of Flowers of the Needle.  But I can't find the special thread used on the basket!  ARGH.  It is on a spool and it wasn't where I thought it was.  So I may have to suspend stitching and clean stuff up until I find it.  Then I was working on Ring of Roses but couldn't find the thread that I wanted.  DMC 471 where are you?
I didn't win any of the CA Wells kits up for auction.  Oh well.  DH says I am an Ebay addict.  But he is only partially right.  I am very picky about what I bid on.  Although I have learned not to bid on stuff when I am angry.  I was sweating it the other night when I expected to get outbid and it came down to the wire before I was.  Maybe I should stay away from the Bay of Evil for a while especially since I have more stuff to stitch than I have lifetime left.
The trees are starting to turn yellow and orange and red.  Makes me want a caramel apple.


  1. Duh -- I just figured out that the Bay of Evil is ebay!!! I thought it a strange name for a needlework designer.

  2. Your little butterfly looks really cute. Hope your day is going well and that you found your spool of thread. I live in a small apartment so apart from not being able to fit much in, everything has to be in its place!

  3. Hey there!
    Wow - you must have been stitching like a madwoman! I do like your idea of doing the sky in the opposite direction. It provides more contrast against the butterfly having the darker blue against the main part of the body.