Rats! Double rats!

I just didn’t see it until I stood up to take a photo and then…Rats and double rats.

The pattern wasn’t drawn onto the fabric symmetrically. (Drawn by me, I must add.) Nope, it’s wonky, off kilter, uneven and just plain not right.And I didn’t see it until I stitched it. Grrrrrrr.

Working from this angle, concentrating on the stitches being tight, even and following the curve, everything seemed just fine. I stitched away, thinking of what I would write about buttonhole stitch on a curve, oblivious to the imbalance I was creating.

And then I stood up to take a photo and – aarrgghh! – I saw it all too clearly.

The two sides of the curve are different and, most importantly, the ends of the curve don’t meet the point of the sepal base in the same place.

Now I have to take out the buttonhole on the left side and maybe the trellis work. I’ll flatten the right side of the curve some so it matches the left side and bring the bottom right point into the space between the petals of the sepal so it looks the same as the left side.

Unpicking stitching is the one part of embroidery that I do NOT like. However, I am forever grateful to the person (Mary Corbet maybe…it’s been so long ago I don’t remember…) who recommended a pair of tweezers for unpicking stitches. They are a lifesaver!

So, next time I hope you’ll see a new improved curve, all nicely finished and symmetrical. Thank goodness the weekend is just around the corner! Have a great Friday!

6 thoughts on “Rats! Double rats!

  1. I know what you mean, rip-it rip-it, but you would never be happy with the design if you don’t fix it! I agree if you make the right side match the left will be perfect. It doesn’t appear that you will have to remove the trellis, that much will help! Its always a fact that you don’t see errors until its stitched and you stand back and take a look. Your work is beautiful, so don’t get discouraged!


  2. I sympathize – unpicking is one of the most soul-destroying occupations I know!

    Have you thought, however, that absolute symmetrical perfection wasn’t that important to our ancestors…?

  3. Kathy,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and cheering you on with your various projects. This one is going to be beautiful when it is finished!

    A tip for you that might help–my 8th grade art teacher told us when we drew something to turn it upside down. From that perspective we are able to see flaws (like asymmetry) that we miss when we look at it from the familiar view. I have found that to work really well.

    Have a great day, and keep doing such gorgeous work!


  4. How frustrating for you. This piece of work is lovely and will be well worth sorting out the imbalance. When you sit there with a contented Ahh; I hope you treat yourself to a lovely cake with your cup of tea and sit back and admire a job well done.

  5. Oops!I agree with you ,most of us don’t like to unpick.
    But we will end up doing that using whatever tool we find handy until we get it right .I’ve used thread ripper,tweezers,back of a needle, hook part of a tatting shuttle………..You name any tool,am sure I’d have used it .
    I know this will be a wonderful piece when it’s finished.
    Good luck!

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