Sunday was NOT a good stitching day. The sun did shine for about 12 minutes and I had good light for doing blackwork and then, wham! in came the clouds again. Even my wonderful magnifying daylight lamp didn’t prevent me from making a huge mess of things.
Here is the pattern I was using to fill the first tulip shape. It’s from the blog String or Nothing. I like the patterns and how clear each diagram is. You can find this pattern on the String or Nothing web site right here.
After studying the pattern and working out in my head the way I would stitch it, I started stitching, unaware that threads of different thickness in the linen itself were about to ambush me!
Look closely at the photograph: see where everything was OK for a while? In the bottom right hand corner of the photo there are 4 holes in the middle of each square. Everything is as it should be. In the middle, by the second red arrow, you can see that something has happened – there are now 6 holes in the middle and the square has become a rectangle. Now, look carefully at the yellow arrow – can you see that one huge, thick, fat thread next to the teeny, tiny, thin one? That’s where I went wrong. I just didn’t see that I’d gone over two threads – in fact, I didn’t see it for quite a long time. I blissfully stitched along and then decided to sit back and look at what I’d accomplished. That’s when the sound of frustration filled the house. Aarrgghh!
These are small stitches on high count linen. It is NOT easy to take small stitches out of high count linen. Fortunately, my trusty magnifying lamp is as good for removing stitches as it is for putting them in. With the magnifying lamp I could see exactly where I was putting the tip of my very sharp scissors.
It’s all pulled out now and ready for me to go on – later. Aaaahhhh. Much better.