The chronicle of one woman's pursuit to maintain her sanity through stitching. Pointless as that may be...
I've been remiss at answering SBQs lately - since even before the hurricane, so today is the day when I answer all those questions y'all have been dying to know about me! LOL!!!
How do you feel about staying totally true to a pattern? Do you feel that you have to rip out stitches to fix a mistake or do you feel it’s acceptable to incorporate a mistake into the design?
It really depends on the design and what the result will be. If it throws an important part of the chart off kilter, and it can't be fudged, then it needs to be ripped and restitched. Most mistakes are easily fudged and most people won't catch them without your pointing it out to them, so I have no problem leaving them there as "my own personal touch".
Nov 9th SBQ was suggested by Dawn and is:
When comparing large projects versus small projects, which do you get more excited about finishing?
ANY finish is an exciting finish! But there is nothing like finally sending to frame a large project, so for me it is more satisfying to finish a large project, especially one that took months, or over a year to complete.
Nov 2nd SBQ is a fun question suggested by Dianne and is:
If you have stitched for a while, can you usually pick out the DMC colors you need from memory when you go to your LNS? (For example, you know that 610 is a brown.)
Like most stitchers, I am familiar with the color ranges of floss that I've used often, and I guess for those of us who have been stitching for over 20 years, back in the days where DMC was pretty much all that was available, I have a pretty good idea of what color is which number, just like I can place which GAST, WDW or CC name is what color.
Oct 24th SBQ is very similar to one we had a few weeks ago from AngelSan, but as we begin to plan our holiday stitching in anticipation of the season, I thought that Outi’s SBQ suggestion was quite appropriate.
Have you ever stitched something as a gift and later realized that receiver doesn’t respect your stitched gift a bit (for example it’s never on show, or you have other reason to suspect that it may even be nonexistent or at least placed in some dark storage room corner)? If so, what have you done? If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid such people what would you do if it’d happen to you?
I am lucky to say that this has never happened to me. I would never stitch anything as a gift for anyone who wasn't also a stitcher. I really think too many people out there have no idea of the work that goes into even the most simplest of designs and I just wouldn't waste my time and spend hours working on something for someone I wasn't 100% sure would treasure it. It is far easier to go to the store and buy something, or better yet get something online!
Oct 19th Stitching Blogger’s Question was kindly suggested by Cathy and is:
Do you mark or hi-lite your patterns or can you follow them without any markings? Do you make copies to mark up, or do you mark originals?
Most patterns I can follow without having to mark or highlight the pattern. If I am working on a pattern that is more detailed that I feel will require special attention to keep my place, I will make a copy to highlight with Crayola colored pencils. They come in different colors, allowing me to keep track of different parts and they are also eraseable.
Oct 12th: Just when I thought that I was going to have to think up the SBQ for the first time in many weeks I got a suggestion from Outi, so I guess I am off the hook for yet another week! Anyway, her question is:
How do you ‘non-hoopists’ who use a rotation system handle it (as it seems to be lot easier if you are in good terms with hoop)? Do you have several scroll frames? Do you use Q-snaps or maybe something completely different? Or do you just have one or two big projects and others are small enough to be kept in hand while stitching?
All of the above! I stitch a lot in hand, but I have about a dozen scroll frames and perhaps 2-3 Q-Snaps. I don't like Q-Snaps all that much. I have 2-3 large projects that are mounted on scroll frames and most of the medium to small size projects are worked in hand unless the pattern calls for specialty stitches, in which case they are mounted permanently (scroll frames) or temporarily (Q-Snaps).
Oct 5th this week’s SBQ, but thanks to Bea, here it is:
When you have almost finished a pattern and start thinking about the next one to stitch, how do you select it? (a list, most recent purchase, etc.)
Depends on the size. If it is a small piece, then whatever screams to me the loudest. Medium or large pieces require more commitment and therefore more thought, and I have a list of medium and large projects I would like to stitch which I review regularly to either add or delete future projects, but in the end, whatever appeals to me the most will be the next thing stitched
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