Sunday, January 3, 2010
On Pins and Needles
Well, the title of the piece is actually Small Token by Blackbird Designs. But I always forget and just call it Pins and Needles.
Start date Jan 2, 2010
Finish date Jan 3, 2010
Total time 8 hours
Fabric 28 count Bayleaf something
I just went with the DMC equivalents instead of the called for Crescent Colours since I don't have any. (All the patterns I've stitched so far call for DMC, Kreniks, or come as a kit, so I don't have any overdyed flosses and I'm not buying them for such a tiny pattern!)
I modified it just a bit because I didn't feel like putting in the year or my initials right in the piece. While stitching the words I ran out of the dark purple/pink when I had the "eedle" in "needles" left. I complained to my brother about how the universe was mocking me. This was the third piece that I could finish in a few hours if I had the required floss/beads/etc. He stared at me, and then said "Just use a different colour. You've already changed so much of it already." I ignored the part about changing many things (because I hadn't), but I undid the "s" and the "ins" and did it all in the lighter pink.
Of course then I couldn't figure out what that yellow stitch in the four purple flowers was. And the chart and model photo were no help. Finally I just threw up my hands and did an Algerian eyelet (thank you hardanger!)
It was fun to stitch and it's always nice to have a HD. But then we come to my main problem with smalls. What to do with them? Large pieces are easy: frame and stick on the wall.
With smalls I can never figure out what to do. If I make pinkeeps and biscornus and put them baskets around the house, my mum complains about the clutter. Depending on the needlebook it either get used to death or put away on the shelf to look good and never be used. *Sigh* Into the "Finished, but now what?" pile it goes.