Sunday, January 23, 2011

a change to my-challenge

 I was not having fun with yesterday's piece in my rotation. First, it is on black linen which is never a pleasant experience. After my first hour, I knew it was time to throw in the towel. If stitching ever could possibly be an aerobic exercise, my maneuvers to stitch on black surely came close.   Adjust the light, adjust the magnification, adjust the fabric, put it in a hoop, flip the extra faric out of the way, try the light underneath, temporarily blind myself, white towel on lap, stitch twelve stitches, repeat, put fabric in a larger hoop to help keep the edges from folding over underneath and from blocking the light from below.......sneeze, and do it all again!!!!! This is after I decided to frog what I had stitched the first time around. I thought I would mix it up a bit and add some krenik to the white but didn't like the effect. I tried it a couple of more times using various floss combinations but......this time the phone rang and I was forced to "reset" yet again.

Yuck!  These stitches look like poo!  And trust me, only the camera zoom made the fabric look so easy to stitch on.

Oops.  Sideways but you get the idea.

Enter, the Sheltering Tree from All Through The Night. This has been in my stash and was a contender for the I-challenge but was lost in the editing room. I see it on a couple of other challengers list, like Jodie's, and pulled it out. Isn't the squirrel a cutie? 
Jodie and I will have to compare our progress.

Loving the feel and the color changes of this floss
I am using the most awesome floss, BelleSoie Miss Green Jeans, which I remember being expensive. Now I know why.


Ma Teakettle said...

Robin, you are my hero! You get an "A+" for both perseverance and flexibility!

Black linen makes me nervous just thinking about it! And the fact that there were no tears involved, you totally rock...XO
I can't wait to see the progress on the Sheltering Tree.
The squirrel is way too cute.

Ma Teakettle said...

Sorry to double comment, but I forgot to add....The squirel in the pic is way too cute and I looove the look of the Miss Green Jeans floss, in the picture on the!

OK, that's it
Peace, out!

Jodie said...

Yay! I'm excited that you're doing this one too! The floss you chose is beautiful...I can't wait to see how it turns out :-)

Anonymous said...

Love that shade of silk floss & the design seems just perfect for it! I haven't attempted black linen but I had felt very much the same way when using a very loosely woven tan linen not too long ago. If I pulled my fiber snug the fabric bunched & if I didn't the stitches looked too loose. Plus I just didn't like the fiber coverage with the 2 strands called for. When I added another strand it looked fine, so you might want to try that.