Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Little Stitchy-ness

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Did you see this, from Anna Maria Horner?  Oh my goodness, now I have to repaint the kitchen again.  Is that a perfect room, or what?  Those striped curtains just made my heart pound.  I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve re-painted the rooms in this house.  I go from neutral to color, and back to neutral, and back to color, wallpaper once, back to neutral.  I think I just love everything, that’s what my problem is.  That, and the fact that I lovelovelove to decorate and make things.  Sometimes I think it would be great to walk into a finished room, have it be all perfect, looking like a magazine photo shoot—then I realize I’d probably sit down for five minutes and then hop up again to start crocheting a doily, and that doily has to go somewhere…I guess I’ll be living in a work-in-progress forever, and I might as well be okay with it.

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Anna Maria designed this fantastic embroidery table thingy (you can find the free pattern here) and I stitched my own version of it last night while watching Edward Scissorhands (Johnny, why are you so awesome???) and everything was fine until:

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I scissor-handed it.  Dang, those embroidery scissors are small, but they are pretty sharp.  Every once in awhile, I like to give myself these little reminders to pay attention and take care.  I need little reminders like that.  Well, it’s only needlework, so I didn’t freak out too much, and I’ve decided not to worry about it.  There will probably be a coffee ring on it before too long anyway.  That’s life around here.

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I followed all of Anna’s directions except the one that said, “Press well.”  Nope, I can’t do that.  If it had said, “Press pretty well, leaving a bunch of wrinkles around the stitching” I would have been okay.  Honestly, I don’t know how anybody does that, presses something completely wrinkle-less.  I think you need one of those teeny ironing wands people use for applique, maybe. 

I used DMC Perle Cotton 5 in colors #977, #351, #309, #415, and #822, and some kind of stash fabric that might be a linen/cotton blend (who knows—it grew when I got it wet, aargh.)  The backing is something lovely by Valori Wells for Westminster fibers:

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I think it’s called “Wren” and it’s a good thing I like it, because it kinda shows through to the front. 

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My mom is going to see this and laugh her head off.  She’ll say, “Do you have to put something on every single surface?”  Yes.  Yes, I do.