Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shame, Horror, Sheep (and award, lol)

I'm just now coming to terms with it, lol. I know, I'm a freak. Here is the SHAME:

What's up with that stupid corner on the right hand side?? I swear.

Now for the HORROR. No, seriously, here it is:

OMG. I think I shaved off about 3 years of my life with this ornament. Doesn't that make you just cringe? It did me. If you didn't read the last post of frustration--that hole is where I pushed the stinkin' turning tool right through the linen. OY!

One little, two little, three little SHEEPIES:

At least these guys are coming along nicely, if not slowly.

Now, tae-kwon-do stitching woman extraordinairre (is that even spelled right?), Lori,gave me such a nice award!

I'm supposed to say what 5 things I'm addicted to--so here goes! Big fat numero uno would be stitching and all things related, lol. 2) is music. I love music, and how it has the power to make you feel a certain way. 3) my kid. I love the kid, even though he drives me nuts. A day without having him around is - well, kind of weird! 4) food. Without it, I'd die! :P and 5) Halloween. Gotta have it.

Thank you Lori, you sweetie! And thank ALL OF YOU who posted with encouraging stitchy words of advice and condolences on my fallen snowman. I will heed your advice and the Twilight Blue linen is back on a little hoop ready to stitch him up again, and success will be mine!


  1. Oh, poor you! How frustrating, because the stitching is so wonderful!

    The green linen project (32 ct Patina) is The Skating Party, by Praiseworthy Stitches. Celeste has a couple in stock.

  2. Poor little snowguy, he is cute though. Maybe you could take him apart and mount him on a piece of felt crimped on the sides, he could be a flat hanging ornament? Hopefully the next one goes smoother. The sheep are looking adorable, what a fun project.

  3. Oh no, that is bad! How frustrating! ***hugs***

    Oh, Lord, those sheep make me smile, gotta love those hats!

  4. I don't know if you intended this post to be funny or not but I actually LOL'ed :-) I've been there & done that with the snowman ornament. Totally love the sheep!

  5. Same color floss....it is fixable! LOL....I would croak. You're a brave woman to share it with us...and you're welcome:-) Halloween is on my addict list too, I just ran out! LOL

  6. No shame - really, finishing is the hardest part! Perhaps if you add some cording around the edge (particularly if it's fuzzy). Have a look at Rainbow Gallery's Fuzzy Stuff or Arctic Rays thread as an option to give him some oomph on the edges while hiding the bit you wish to hid.

  7. You are not the only one who sticks the stuffing tool where it is not supposed to go....I do it all the time on all sorts of things....fray stopping liquid works sometimes....push the frayed threads back into the ornie and put a drop of fray stopping liquid on top....if it is somewhere obvious sew a button over the top. The sheep are absolutely adorable and the hats really make them.

  8. This must be frustrating, even if it is a nice project.
    The sheep looks so wonderful, I love it!

    Congrats with your award!! You deserve it!

  9. Oh no worries...a bit of braiding or cording and viola! It will be fixed right up and no one will be the wiser ;) Trust me!

    Your sheepies are looking so CUTE!

  10. Hmmm...that doesn't look too good (the horror). But you can fix that with tiny cording! Your sheep look great...


  11. (((((hugs)))))) I just found your blog and Love it!!!!!
    You can fix the ornament!!! I don't have that problem because I never do any finishes....;)

  12. Oh, it's so sad that your turning tool damaged ornie... :( Maybe you can try to fix it?
    But therefor your sheeps looks so good! Very funy and cute! :)

  13. Nooooo! I HATE when that happens!!
    I'm sure it can be saved...it's too cute not to!
    The sheep are darling:)

  14. If the threads are long enough, tie them together, thread each strand into a needle push back into the ornament bringing the needle out through the ornament and 'loosing' the loose thread inside. Repeat for other thread. Good luck!

  15. That's a sweet ornament and you can fix it with cording, tassells, bells - something!
    The little sheep are very cute.

  16. Ugh, how irritating! Just post it with pride, and before you know it, skewed ornaments will be all the rage.

  17. Thank you for your visit to my blog.

    I see your frustration with making ornaments, I am not that good at it myself and was always afraid to try it with something that I spent so much time stitching.

    I'm thinking the best way to go about it would be the same style to make a biscornu. That is, put a border around your stitching and an exact border around the back piece and stitch the borders together by hand. At least that is how I think it could be done, I have never made an ornament but I have made a couple of biscornus and they turned out very nicely; much better than anything I have tried to make on a sewing machine.

    Good luck!

  18. Oh the design part is so cute, you have GOT TO try to fix this up. There are some good suggestions in the comments. Another is to push the loose threads back into the hole and just make a few short stitches over the hole that resemble the fabric-- this is called "darning", stitch right to left and then top to bottom, but just a few stitches. Then slap some cute braid or fuzzy stuff on it and nobody will notice. The Rainbow Galley fibers Leila Jo mentioned is wonderful "fixer upper" stuff.

    While you are a beginner it is also a good idea when you have an odd shape like this, to use a large piece of fabric to stitch your design on. Then you can just make your finished ornament square or round or some shape that you find 'easy' (or at least easier!) to do.

    I'm looking forward to you posting this ornament again all fixed up and beautiful.


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