Sunday, May 13, 2018

BBD Eleanor Rigby and Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all! I hope it was a good one. I can finally share the finish I had back in March that was waiting to be framed.

Blackbird Designs Eleanor Rigby.  I hand-dyed the 14 ct. aida a pale gray. I also changed a few colors.

I also just want to give a shout out to my incredible mother. She is truly an amazing woman. She taught me needlework and many other crafty things. Everything I make, I can trace back to her instilling a love of crafting in me. She has always loved this design, ever since she first saw it. So now, she has it to enjoy forever! I truly love her and cannot say enough wonderful things about her.

I love you Mom. You are beautiful inside and out and I feel fortunate to have you in my life.

Be back soon with more stitchy updates! Until then,

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New stitchy update and extended DMC rant!

Here with an update to my Mrs. Maguire's Garden, and a few other things (DMC rant ahead!). She is coming along nicely and should be done soon!

I made some mistakes changes in this design. I made the strawberry tops all the same color and have forgone the fussy french knots on the berries and water from the watering can.

I also added an additional row of flowers on this stalk because I didn't count correctly and refused to do it over.  But I think it's OK, and I'm sure no one I know will point out the difference.

OK, so now my DMC rant.  I knew I wasn't going crazy.  There are not only color differences, but also major differences in texture and smoothness of the floss.  See what you think.

Left side=old  Right side=new

Left side=old  Right side=new
Left side=old  Right side=new

Now, this last example of #924 illustrates what I'd been saying in a previous post the best. The new thread lacks the sheen, smoothness, and silkiness of the old thread.  And the new thread is twisted SO much more-and by that, I mean each individual strand of the six strand floss-and that affects the stitches so much, it really does, for me anyway.  It's been really frustrating for this perfectionist.  Bottom line: I don't care how much they say the floss is the same.  It is not.

OK, and with that, I'm out!  I'm enjoying the weather and all is good here!  Updates soon with a finish, hopefully!