Monday, June 10, 2013

not really cross stitch .....

I tried a bit of cross stitching on my new waste canvas that I got when Maggi and went shopping... Oh, but first, let me tell you.... at the same little shop I finally found some Coton a Broder, which 'til now I have been unable to find in Canada.  Woohooo ..   I was so excited, and wouldn't you know, I've lost Karen's list of colours and numbers and such...so bought a few of each.

Couldn't wait to give it a try.  It is totally different from the Perle cotton which I have been using ...or the DMC regular embroidery threads...which are 6 to a strand and a bit trickier to work with ...

But..... then, almost immediately, this happened@!!  Accckkk!

What a nightmare!  It took about an hour to unravel and fiddle and finally get it sorted.  I finally cut it in several spots of course...but, that's okay I wound it onto little plastic cards.












By that time I was ready for one of these...  and convinced myself that I could be careful.... and not have another disaster .... probably pushing my luck a bit ....but, it held.   Ahhh.... a lovely Blueberry Tea... of the cocktail variety.    Good thing Karen was away on holiday...















Back to my story about x-stitching.  I should have watched Karen's video again... but, didn't.  My mistake.  I did watch it initially, but it was weeks ago now, and ...I forget a lot more than I learn.  So, didn't really know what I was doing, but found a few heart shaped cross stitching photos on the 'net and decided to make a heart of my own.  However, I seemed unsure of where to put my needle and was it same hole as the bottom of the x on the top line or one more hole down below it or what?...

Needless to say ..it didn't quite turn out like it was supposed to  ... and then I saw some (online again) where people had put some stitches around the edge to sort of gather up their stitching and make it into more of a heart shape... which I did too.

In the end it looked kinda cute...or so I think.

I folded and ironed the little test piece of fabric I was stitching on... attached it with tiny stab stitching to a piece of fabric on the block I was working on....   then did some of Karen's frilly picot stitching around the edge, and all of a sudden it looked like a tiny framed picture.  I like it.





















































5 comments:

Beedeebabee said...

Oh, I like it too, Vee! It's an adorable little heart! I know how frustrating it is when all of a sudden your threads go wonky. I hate that! At least you got it all sorted out in the end....I love how your new garden is looking (a few posts down). It's so beautiful! Happy stitching...and planting! xo

Lin said...

Arrrggh!

Love the little heart. :) I think you mastered it!

Twiglet said...

Oh you are having fun! I am really good at tangling threads too. The little heart is lovely and that frilly stitch is clever - I bet it took a long time though. x Jo

Dolores said...

Ohhhh, it's so pretty. Glad you are liking Karen's class. Will you frame the finished project or what?

Susan, a Sometimes Blogger said...

Oh so sweet and, yes, just like its framed. Such delicate work. You have nimbly nimble fingers indeed :D)