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Sunday, November 24, 2013

The @&$%#UnPlayed Piano

I've been working on finishing the UnPlayed Piano.  It is not going well.  I made the interfacing sandwich with the mylar.  It didn't fit the side piece.  So I took (tore) it apart and started over.  I was so careful to follow the instructions but I misinterpreted them.  "Cut a piece of interfacing the size of your stitching",  I did that but then when I got to the part about going 4 threads beyond my stitching and sewing the interfacing to the linen, I realized my mistake.  My interfacing was only just the size of my stitching, it wasn't big enough to sew there.  So I started over.  I recut the mylar to fit my stitching.  It doesn't say how much room to leave between the mylar pieces.  So I guessed and tried to center it on each stitching area.  I got the top done and it looks pretty good.



So now the bottom.  I was not happy with the bottom piece of mylar.  How do you fold it?  The drawer part was way too big for the scrim piece.  Back to the drawing board.  I took out the mylar.  (Why is it 5 1/2 inches long?  That was way too long.   Am I missing something?)  So I cut three small strips of skirtex for the drawer instead.  I am still trying to figure out why the linen for the bottom piece is so long.

 When I got the bottom piece together, it was twisted.  It didn't match up with the top.  So again I took it apart.  I had a major goof when I was doing the bottom side.  I was putting it on upside down and cut it too short.  What to do?  Stitch it again?  Not if I can help it.  I sew a strip of linen back on hoping that it won't show very much.

I undid the stitching on this side and cut it down hoping the twisted effect would be better.  It was better but not perfect.  Nothing I stitch is ever perfect.


There aren't any instructions on tacking down the lining.  I don't have any instructions about the tool holder; we are supposed to remember what was described in class.  I don't remember hearing much about it in class.  So I'm winging it.  I'm going to work on it today and hopefully get it finished.
I went walking this morning in the cold and snow.  Now I remember why I want to live in a warm place.
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3 comments:

  1. Take heart... we all have been there. It is just so exasperating to work so hard on something and then have problems with it at the end - especially when the embroidery is as nice as yours. So I agree - #$#^%%$. Usually by the time I have finished assembling something I have had a hard time with I just hate it and think it is the worst thing I ever have done in all my years with needle in hand! But ,in a few weeks when you look at it you will have forgotten all the problems and be able to appreciate just how beautiful it really is!

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  2. I understand about the frustration with working with no directions or limited directions. I love Just Nan's Scream House. I looked at the directions in the Kit.. It's still in the package... lol Seems hard to piece together. Yours is so beautiful! Hope to see the finished piece.

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  3. Wow! This is beautiful. I hope you can persist without too much frustration. Your crown with the A initial looks great.

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