Teaching An Old Stitcher New Tricks
Today is August 11, 2017. Do you know what day it is? It's World Cross Stitch Day!! Does anyone plan on celebrating today? I know I certainly do! What is everyone working on to celebrate our hobby?
For those of you who don't know it, I'm a huge Star Wars fan. I came to love the franchise in my late teens because I wasn't allowed to see the films when they first came out. I'm not sure why that was, but the first film I saw in the movie theater was The Return of the Jedi. Since I hadn't seen the first two movies, parts of the plot were pretty much lost on me, but I have since made up for that. I'm not a big Etsy person, but every now and then I peruse it to see what they have. I found Star Wars sugar skulls!! Wow!! I bought them, then wondered what I was going to do with them. All I kept thinking was I needed to put one on a tee shirt. You know what that requires? Waste canvas.
First of all, it's hard to find. The big chain craft stores don't carry a lot of cross stitch supplies anymore, which means they don't have waste canvas. I finally found it. Then I needed to figure out how to use it. I've been a stitcher for more than half my life, and waste canvas is something I have never used.
It's harder to work with than I had anticipated, but fellow stitchers have assured me that the further I go, the easier it gets. My plan was to work on this so that I can finish it before summer ends and be able to wear it. Then another project came along.
Please say hello to Hot Chocolate by Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks. I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, but I love a good cup of hot chocolate, so I was really excited when I found this design. I had started it a long time ago, and got about half way through it when I noticed something was wrong. The design wasn't going to fit on the fabric. What the heck?? I knew I bought a piece that was big enough. Then I looked and realized I had my fabric turned in the wrong direction. Ugh!! There was far too much stitching to rip out, so with a heavy heart I tossed it, and I put the design in my basket, where it got buried and I promptly forgot about it.
Before we left for our trip to Chicago I pulled the basket out to see what I had in there, because it had been a while since I had gone through it, and I found the chart again. Knowing there was a chance I was going to visit the needlework shop in Crystal Lake I made a mental note to look for fabric if I was able to get there.
It's a 30 count linen, and it's a soft!! And it was calling my name to begin it again.
So here we are on World Cross Stitch Day, with what I'm working on. I hope everyone finds some time to celebrate our day today. Happy Cross Stitch Day!