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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Self-knowledge is a wonderful thing

and it's a shame that it's taken me over 60 years to really get to know myself! I'm having just a little trouble adapting to stitching two major projects in rotation (read, most of my hair is now in shreds around my stitching chair, my bed has hardly been slept in for days, and both projects have been on and off a variety of frames in the past few days). It's early days yet, but we're certainly off to a very rocky start! I always knew I was slow to bond to a new project, and a tad obsessional about completing it once I had bonded. What I didn't know was that I was very set in my ways, and so resistant to any change in habits. I'm working through it though.

I have started Angel of Hope. Twice. The first fabric was beautiful - 28 count Jobelan in waterlily. I loved the fabric, and stitching on it wasa joy, but there is so much white in the angel, and the white wasn't showing up clearly on the fabric. So I unpicked it, and started agan on a piece of blue-gray 25 count linen I had in my stash. The colour is good, and the white shows up well, but because of the size of the fabric I needed for such a large count, it didn't fit on my lap-frame. I tried folding over the edges, but it was too bulky, and I had problems with the tension. So, I resorted to finding another pair of stretcher bars, cutting them down to fit my floor frame, and putting the Angel on my floor frame. So now I will be rotating the projects on my floor frame, which is something I was trying to avoid. I suppose the good thing about that is that the floor frame doesn't have to be stored while I'm working on the Angel. And the lap-frame is now back in the craft room.

I'm not used to stitching over 2 on 25 count, and I'm finding I'm slow to adjust to it. It's certainly different to stitching JOF over 1 on 22 count! I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon. So far I've stitched the tip of one wing, and I think I've done at least twice the stitching that is now left on the fabric - and I'm not at all fond of frogging!

OK - that's the whingeing over for the day. I'm off to stitch for a while on my Angel - I may have a pic to put up later today.


stitchinfiend said...

Your Blog entry has really made me chuckly away to myself. It is so funny how we become such creatures of habit. I get all excited with my Rotation and then discover a month into that I am much happier with rotating 5 pieces....LOL. I look forward to seeing a pic of your Angel

PaulineD said...

Looking forward to seeing your progress for Angel of Love!

Mel said...

I also find it tough to switch sometimes between one project and the next especially when it's over 1 on 25ct with one thread and then over two on 32 or 30ct with two threads!

Maybe try working on one each week so that the transition is not so often?
Best of luck and can't wait to see a picture of the angel progress.