Saturday, September 22, 2007

Breaking the Rules...

Even when I spend lots of time stitching, my needles do not smoke. I am just too careful and deliberate. I am bound to stitch slowly. This is what I stitched yesterday; a very nice start, but nowhere near half the design. I should be able to finish the other two windows tomorrow, but I will still have a lot of fiddly bits at the bottom with dozen of color changes in each row.

Rules? What rules? Well, I never stitch white threads until the end, except this white was right in the middle and was some of the only large areas of the same color in this design. I use one needle and rethread as necessary, except there are 21 different colors of thread (and nine blended colors) in this design some of them with only a stitch or two in a particular place. I loaded up four needles to start and am now using seven. I always use tapestry needles, except I couldn't find any tapestry needles in the limited selection of the only hobby store on Maui, Ben Franklin. So I bought what I thought was the closest quilting needle, #10 Betweens. They are nice and short, but they are also sharp and have a cruel, small eye. I have already shredded a few strands in that eye. Threading them is a pain and I have pricked my fingers a few times, though never drawn blood. At least the kit came with evenweave fabric. Most of the Michael Powell kits are on Aida, which I always replace.

Still, I do like stitching this design. The colors are lovely and the fabric is easy to stitch. I will probably not stitch any more today, as we are about to head out to the Maui Pineapple Festival, but I will take up needles again tomorrow and see how much I can accomplish.

3 comments:

stitcherw said...

Nice start, it does look like it would be fun to stitch. Hopefully though you'll be able to switch out the needles to ones that have a little larger eye and that are not so pointy soon, pricked fingers are no fun.
Sue

Chiasmata said...

Rules are made to be broken! Some of the old fashioned needlework books will tell you never to stitch without gloves, to stop your hands oiling the fabric. I think that's a little too far! Hope you had fun at the festival.

Sherry said...

This is looking wonderful!