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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Happy Dancing again!

What can I say, apart from "yippee!!" ... I can't believe I finally got my first ever needleroll put together and finished!!! This piece has been stitched for more years than I care to mention, but I didn't know where to start with the completion of it. Finally a website, CameoRoze's Stitcher's Studio, steered me in the right direction, and I felt brave enough to give the finishing a try - and I'm pretty pleased the finished result ... and surprised how at easy it was!

Apart from that, I can't say I've completed much stitching over the last week at all ... the last two days I've spent a few hours making a start on my Xmas SAL (finally). I've almost completed my "No Humbugs Allowed" ornie from the JCS 1998 issue ... not sure whether I'm going to want to give this one up, though LOL. Just have the rest of the beard to complete, the french knot eyes (yuk), and the backstitching for the strand of lights - but then I have to wait for my bulb buttons to arrive before it can be finished off.

The other piece I managed to get a bit more stitching on today - it's a Dimensions wired ornament kit, that a colleague at work asked me to stitch for her ... I seriously hate stitching this damn thing!! I was a bit 'set up' for accepting this task - she told me her Mum couldn't see to stitch anymore, and gave me a kit which is a map of Australia that she thought I might like from her Mum, then showed me the other two kits she had, and asked if I would mind stitching them for her ... I half-heartedly accepted, knowing I'd much prefer to do my own stitching (and I have a million of my own projects to finish), but I felt sorry that her Mum couldn't stitch anymore. Why do I feel a bit set up? Well, a couple of days afterwards I find that this girl can actually stitch herself ... hmmm. Anyway, it is a bit of a chore I've bound myself to by accepting to do it in the first place, but I won't be caught out again, that's for sure! I have difficulty stitching 'in hand' any more, as I get cramp in my hand from holding onto fabric/hoops etc, so that's one issue. Also with this plastic canvas it's extremely difficult to carry the threads underneath on the back - well, today I decided to try something different, and it's making a lot easier - I'm using a canvaswork stitch (can't remember if you call it tent stitch, or continental) and it gives a longer stitch on the back for me the carry the thread under ... yippee, what a difference!

So, that's all to post stitching-wise for the week ... I'm on late shifts later in the week, so don't expect to get much stitching done this week either.

7Comments:

Blogger Gina E. said...

Ooooh Anne, that was a mean trick. I would hand them back to that lady, stating that it is just too much for you these days, with your hands aching after working for a while. A friend gave me a HUGE tapestry to finish for her a couple of years ago. She started it, got about half way and lost interest. I offered to do it, but like you, I have so much of my own stuff, I decided not to do the tapestry. I asked my friend what she wanted me to do with it - give it back, sell it on ebay, whatever. She said she didn't care, so I sold it on eBay for $15!!! By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog about my Finch long stitch UFO. Advice taken on board!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Kiwi Jo said...

Great work on the needleroll Anne. I've yet to attempt one but they sure are pretty. I love the ornie too - it would be perfect for my Dad lol

I detest stitching on that plastic canvas stuff - yuck!!

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Jenna said...

The needleroll looks great Anne! Congrats on your first successful needleroll finish. :) Humbug is looking good, too. Can't wait to see it finished.

As for your colleague, I agree with what Gina said. I think you should consider telling her that you're having pain in your hands and cannot complete them. If you feel too guilty to do that, then at least give the second kit back to her and tell her that you'll do your best to complete the first one. Good luck and have a great week!

5:08 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I agree with all of the above!!!! Now A if you would like a change of stitching I can show you mine if you like :-)Take care...

11:13 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Nice job on the needleroll. I have never made one, but you've inspired me to give it a try!

Sorry to hear about your other little projects - hope you can finish them soon so that you are able to get back to your own projects!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

gorgeous needleroll Anne, is it a Sweetheart Tree design (they are just gorgeous their needleroll designs). I have a needleroll addiction ( I have two baskets full with ones I've stitched or been given) drop me a line anytime if you want to know some more about them, lol!!!

7:03 PM  
Blogger ~*~Nicola~*~ said...

I'd stitch in a subliminal message - you know maybe using backstitch on the reverse 'lazy stitchers suck' or something? ;)

7:52 PM  

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