Re-storage

Seems like January is the month where we all feel a compulsion to clean house, start anew, and organize…not me not this year. I am going to live forever because I have enough unstitched canvases, counted designs, and unfinished classes to last 50 years and that’s if I stitch one a month for the next 50+ years and never buy another thing. And we all know this is not going to happen…I already have new canvases in mind and even though I have tried to convince myself I do not need them they are speaking loud and clear to me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have organized my threads the way I want them, I keep a fairly accurate inventory on spreadsheets (especially the threads I use often) but I place no value on them. Two reasons: I don’t care to know how much I spend…I think of it more as an investment (in my sanity.) And anyway, we all know that when it comes time to pull threads for the project of the moment, we never have all the right threads and without a trip to LNS stitching cannot begin…it is an unwritten law, a step in the process.

I also feel no desire to rearrange, redo or organize because last spring/summer when we combined households I did this. When you combine households you lose some things and you gain other things. I lost my sewing room but truthfully it was so cluttered it needed a complete overhaul anyway.

My daughter in law has an embroidery machine and so we made a new sewing area. Someday when I have more time I am going to learn how to use the embroidery machine and then I will embroidery dates on the back of finishing material for ornaments…until that day I will just ask my daughter in law to do it. Once we get through the holidays, we can spend more time in the sewing area and sewing with a friend is always more fun.

I had already gone through my needlepoint canvases and was procrastinating about sending them to Pat at Stitch Destashing (http://stitchingdestashing.blogspot.com/)….so I sent them off and within six weeks had a check in the mail. Pat also sent me back the canvases that I wanted back and the rest she donated.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had been replacing my thread storage units trying to make them more accessible. And since we had just finished redoing a room for an office I just appropriated the larger closet for my threads. I also used some threads as decorating elements.
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So all in all I think I did not lose anything I still have my stitching nest and my threads are closer and so are my canvases. And …I gained a finisher.So you see I am ahead of the January rush and this leaves me more time to read, stitch and compute…oh yes this is a good year!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!

ttfn…sue

Spread’n the “ah-ha’s”

I’m having my cuppa and reading blogs this morning and have one of those “ah-ha” moments. You know this stuff in the back of head but it just doesn’t seem to surface until…

Kathryn at Threads of Desire http://threadsofdesire.blogspot.com/2009/07/why-floss-tosses-dont-always-work.html  or  (http://threadsofdesire.blogspot.com/ ) put it into words. Yes, I remember learning this in sewing class at school too, but Kathryn must be younger than I and so it is not buried as deep in her memory bank.

This is something we all need to be refreshed about; it makes a difference when stitching with different weights of threads or number of plies in the same piece.

For examples:

Using two different weights of thread to execute a stitch…

stitches 2 threads

 

 

 

 

Couching a ribbon thread with 1 or 2 ply floss, especially if you want a self color couching.

 

stitches couching

 

 

Overstitching: layering threads over previously stitched areas.

 

stitches overlays

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etc…

Some of these things we just do from habit  but occasionally we will have something not look quite right and as they taught us in art school…it is probably a color value mistake.

Isn’t it amazing what surfaces when we stimulate each other through our blogs!

ttfn…sue

Lucy has ears & eyes

Lucy eyes and ears 3 Lucy eyes and ears 1 Lucy got eyes and ears this week and in fact has some of her legs stitched now. But for today’s post I want to talk about her eyes and ears.

Lucy’s eyes are stitched with DMC floss in basketweave whenever possible; otherwise it is a continental stitch when necessary. And yes, I carried the threads from one eye to the other…I measured it’s less than 14 threads and since she is painted on 18 mesh canvas that translates to less than one inch…and I’d have done it anyway.  Although her pupils appear to be black they are stitched with 6 strands DMC floss #3371 and 1 strand of Kreinik Blending Filament: #005HL Black. I try to remember to do this to all my eyes, it adds just a tad of sparkle in certain light. The outer eye color is 6 strands DMC floss #3860 and the small areas of white are 6 strands DMC floss #822. White and black floss seemed to stark and so I frog stitched and re-stitched them again.   Around the outside of her eyes I did a stem/outline stitch using  1 strand Epic #201 Earth. When I finished stitching her eyes I thought she looked a bit bug eyed, but then she is a bit bug eyed  and I think when her fur is stitched , it will tone these eyes down.

Lucy’s ear were stitched in a random basketweave, shading these areas using a needle blending technique. Her ears are stitched using 6 strands DMC floss. I started with her inner ear using the lightest pink color DMC #754. Next I added several stitches using 3 stands of the lightest pink color DMC #754 and 3 strands of the dark pink DMC #3859 blended in the needle. I did not lay these threads because I wanted them to fall as they would. I completed the inner ear pink areas with 6 strands of dk pink DMC floss #3859. I next outlined her ears with 6 strands dark cocoa brown DMC #3860. I filled the remaining parts of the ears with random basketweave stitches using three needles filled with:

1. 6 strands DMC lt cocoa #3861

2. 4 strands DMC lt cocoa #3861 and 2 strands dark pink #3859

2. 2 strands DMC lt cocoa #3861 and 4 strands dark pink #3859.

As I was stitching the ears, I wasn’t sure I was going to like them either…but then I am usually over critical of my own stitching. I do hate to “frog stitch” and so usually have been able to talk myself into a wait and see attitude. When I finished stitching these area I set her away from me and just looked at her. Now I think these areas are going to work…and of course I am stitching another area so I am critical of the new area now…

Until next time…ttfn sue