Sunday, January 12, 2014

Decisions

and the overlooking of the obvious straying from my resolve....

We have a Guild Project going and ~remember~ I proclaim Guild Projects and Class Projects exempt from my resolve to not start anything new ..... I  can justify most anything stitch related....

We have been challenged with designing a scissors block.   One member's spouse lovingly made the blocks and it is up to us to finish.   No limits:  paint, stain, mod-podge, bead, cover.    I decided to use perforated paper.   Other than a Mill Hill kit a lifetime ago, I have not worked with perforated paper.  I was glad I was astute enough to do a little internet research first.    First tip/best tip - cut your paper larger/much larger and mount on stretcher bars to stitch.  Great tip!

But then there is the stitching.    I picked several motifs and have been stitching and outlining and frogging to get just the right look and the right color combinations.     I can't decide if I wish to use a different motif on each side or to use the scissors motif in different colors on each side.     In my mind this comes together beautifully.   In reality, we shall see and there is a 50/50 chance it will be a hot mess and I will never take my piece to the meeting.    Finished projects are due the second Saturday of February but since I will be going away for 8 days and I don't think perforated paper is the medium of choice to travel with, I need to get moving on this.

Trying to decide if I should outline with one or two threads.  I also have a selection of mystery fabric pulled and may toss the paper aside to use the linen.  Whichever way I go, I'd better get moving.

 
The scissor's point and bottom half of the scissors are back stitched in one strand, the top 
finger hole (there must be a proper name for that part of the scissors) is backstitched 
in two strands.  I think I will go with one strand.  No need to worry about any fellow guild 
members seeing and copying my idea.   Their finishes will be exquisite and 
mind-blowingly creative, flawless and stitched on 40 count!

5 comments:

butterfly said...

Your box is going to look great I love stitching on paper.
You will enjoy your Downton Abbey we watched it last year and the Christmas one a few weeks ago , have to wait now until the Autumn.

Christine said...

Wow - What a creative guild you belong to! I can't wait to see your finish on this!

Anna van Schurman said...

The "finger hole" is properly known as a finger ring. I'm not entirely sure that's better. It isn't more economical. I look forward to seeing what you do here. I might have gone with beads, but I've been known to bead crazy things...

Brigitte said...

Hmmm, that's definitely an intersting project. I like your idea of stitching on paper and I think it will look great on the scissor block. Looking forward to seeing the result.

diamondc said...

Love the scissor box, using paper is a great idea.

Happy stitching

Catherine