Saturday, November 3, 2012

Back to Square One

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Remember yesterday when I'd made a start at the hemstitching on Random Thoughts? I'd withdrawn all the threads and was ready to start reweaving them. Well, last night after I'd rewoven a corner, I realized I PULLED THE WRONG THREADS.

Oh no. OhnoOhnoOhno.

I even read the directions! My problem is that, as usual, I was too smart for my own good. You were supposed to wait to stitch the border until you'd withdrawn the threads for the hemstitching. But I realized that the only parts of the border that the withdrawn threads affect are the corners. So, I stitched all the border except the corners.


When I read "count up 12 threads from the edge of the design" to cut the first thread, I of course counted out from the border rather than the inside of the design like I was supposed to...
RATS. That bitsy bit of thread sticking up shows where I SHOULD have removed threads.

I CAN FIX THIS! Yeah, I've cut and removed threads, but "all" I have to do is take a couple threads from the edge of the linen and reweave them! The...entire length...of the piece. Two on each side. WAAAAHHH!

Then I realized that if I decide to finish it like it is on the chart, that part will be turned under. I'd been waffling on whether I wanted to finish it like that or this kind of makes the decision for me.

New stash showed up yesterday!
Doesn't The Attic package things so nicely? I was hoping this would get here for Obligation October, since this is the supplies for What Can I Give Him? by Forget-Me-Nots in Stitches, which I want to make for my sister. But I kind of started something else for her, so this will probably be next year's ornament. By the way, it's not The Attic's fault it didn't get here in October...they had to order the fabric. They were incredibly helpful on the phone! And I love how the fabric is packaged, with the sticker that tells you the color, count, and has a place for you to record what you bought it for. You know, in case it languishes in the stash for...a while. So long that you forget what you bought it for. Not that that would ever happen to me, of course. I've just heard.

Thank you for all the well wishes on my cold/funk/whatever. I slept another massive amount last night. I feel a bit better today, but I'm not taking any chances by doing anything strenuous, like cooking or cleaning. ;)

Negative progress is still progress, right?


Shebafudge said...

Definitely don't go straining anything by cooking or cleaning. Oh and watch out for laundry - that can be dangerous too.

I would recommend at least another day on the sofa, preferably stitching as I believe that is the most therapeutic

Sue said...

I agree completely with Shebafudge. Anything remotely housework related would only cause a relapse. I recommend your hubby becomes a house help in your recovery of course.

Annie said...

Doesn't your heart just sink to your stomach when you discover that kind of mistake! But you are an ingenious fixer-upper!

And I'm sure you hate refraining from cooking and cleaning, something we all love to do so much, but a good day of rest and recupe does a body good (especially if said body is stitching the night away!)

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Negative progress is all a part of The Journey. We must embrace all aspects of The Journey and not think only of The Destination. Namaste. :) BTW, have I told you how much I love, love, love Random Thoughts? Like maybe 100 times?

Annette said...

The Universe was simply making the finishing choice on your behalf ;) Being local, I didn't realize how Attic packaged their mail orders. That is until the Summer Sampler event this past August. We used the Attic tissue to cover a paper box (and stitched a sampler verse for the top). By the way, the tissue pattern was discontinued this year. Jean bought up all she could find, but it will be changing in the not-too-distant future.

Take care... get more rest....etc etc :)

Shirlee said...

I share Shebafudge's opinion about you avoiding housework & that you should keep on the sofa for another day : ) Hope you feel better soon!

Christine said...

Best not to take any risks with the housework in my opinion...
Hope you can rescue the withdrawn threads.
No, I can't imagine finding a piece of fabric and not remembering why I'd bought it. Not at all. Not me. I never find an unlabelled piece and can't remember what it is either. Doesn't happen. ;D

cucki said...

i hope you feel better soon xxx

Melanie said...

Arrrgggggh! That is the kind of mistake I would make. :(
I'm sure you'll figure something out for it!

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