Monday, November 19, 2012

The Geekend That Was, 11/18 (Actual Random Hermitting)

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So, it looks like I'm fighting off yet another illness of some sort...this time with a fever, the usual on-and-off fatigue and sinus congestion. BOY THAT FLU SHOT SURE IS PAYING OFF BY KEEPING ME WELL, ISN'T IT??

*ahem* But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Saturday after a little Halo, I washed and pressed Random Thoughts. I was kind of obsessive about rinsing, so that's all that really happened that day on Random Thoughts.

Saturday night we went to see Skyfall (the new James Bond movie). I think it was a "normal" James Bond movie...great action sequences, visually stunning sets and costumes, and a ridiculous plot held together with duct tape. And don't forget the outrageous bad guy. Oh my gosh. We saw it in IMAX, which is VERY VERY LOUD. But not nearly as LOUD as the PRESHOW COMMERCIALS which were RIDICULOUSLY LOUD. I literally held my fingers in my ears the entire preshow ( it really a "show" if it's commercials? To paraphrase Black Widow, "I don't see how that's a show.") Oh, how it made me wish I hadn't wasted my youth preserving my hearing and had instead subjected myself to constant earbuds and loud rock concerts as I looked around and saw I was the only one flinching through the whole thing.

Sunday I woke up feeling bad again (fatigued). I did make it to church this time, but I was done after that. (Well, until choir.) Bad for the chore list, but great for the hermitting!

The first thing I had to do to prepare Random Thoughts for the hemstitching was score the fabric (run a tapestry needle in a line on the reverse side) for folding and cutting. A little nerve-racking, since it was a lot of counting and I had to get it all right...because next was cutting.
Terrifying!! Then folding the corner and MORE CUTTING.
EVEN MORE TERRIFYING. Only about a dozen diagonal threads from the stitching!!!

Next comes mitering the corners and pinning things in place... you can baste the sides. Here's the whole thing pinned...
...and basted. You can probably tell by the light that it took me all day.
Now I "just" have to do the hemstitching. I had emailed the designer about what to hemstitch with...Cynthia emailed me back and said she does her hemstitching with sewing thread! Gutterman's buttonhole twist...I don't have any of that...I just have some Dual Duty you think it's close enough??

It seems like the closer I get, the slower I go....


Meari said...

Yes, I think the dual duty will work just fine. Good luck with the hemstitching.

It seems like the crud is going around. I'm constantly fight sinus issues and am always tired because of it. :( Bleah.

Kate said...

Feel better soon! Your sampler is lovely!!

EvalinaMaria said...

Lovely stitching and lovely finish,congratulations!!! {{{Feel better, hugs}}}

cucki said...

I hope you feel better soon is a very lovely sampler
Hugs cucki x

Christine said...

Your sampler is lovely. I generally use #12 perle cotton for decorative hemstitching.
Hope you feel better soon

Chris said...

Feel better soon!

Shirlee said...

Praying that you feel better soon. The sampler is gorgeous!

Julie said...

Get well soon wishes.
This is a stunning piece of stitching. Good luck with the hemstitching.

kathy b said...

I have no idea but I LOve your stitch work

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

gorgeous stitching :D

Bea said...

Hope you're feeling better. The sampler is beautiful. Congratulations on the finish.

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