Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Threads and Links

I am so appreciative of all the suggestions about how to cope with my threading issue. I'm going to try all the suggestions - I even have a needle organizer that I've never used - and see what suits me best. Tonight I'm going to try working with only one color. That will present more of a counting challenge since I usually count over from what I've been working on before, but I'll try it anyway. Speaking of counting, when I first started doing this I was linen-phobic. I couldn't imagine how one could count on anything but aida cloth. But seeing Pine Tree Hill in the JCS Ornament Preview issue made me decide to give it a whirl. It's so much easier than it appears and a good lesson to remember - try new things! Reminds me of the old Mikey commercial (I am dating myself now) - "try it, you'll like it!" (To non-Americans, this was a cereal commercial about a little boy whose brothers said he hated everything, but he of course he tried and loved the cereal advertised.)

Tonight I decided to add links to the websites of everyone who has commented on my blog (thank you!) I spent half an hour checking website urls and adding them in, then don't you know I closed the links window without saving my work! There's no "undo" function in Blogger :--( so though I recreated some of the links I lost many of them. I'll keep putting them back and adding more as I can. It's nice to have a long list of Inspirations!


Mary Eman said...

Did you know that the three boys in the "Try it, you'll like it" commercial were brothers? Every time I saw that ad, I used to say they were brothers - and, lo and behold, on some "where are they now" show, Mikey was all grown up and said the other two were his brothers.

Maybe I need to give linen another try - I tried it several years ago, and made a real hash of it. You make it sound like fun!

I enjoy reading your blog.

Kathy said...

Welcome to the blogging world. I came across yours from a comment you made on another blog.

I am relatively new to the blogging world too. Went back and read your past posts and found I could identify with you on all the frustrations of blogging. I decided that I was not going to stress over it or spend a lot of time messing with it just to fluff it up. That would be a good waste of stitching time.

I have been stitching for about 25 years and the last 15 has been almost exclusively linen and evenweaves. One piece of advice on linens is to always start your stitch by a vertical thread. Otherwise sometimes part of you stitch will be lost under another thread and make things look like you missed part of a stitch.

I use the loop method when I can and then stitch all that color in the same area until I use up that needle of thread. Sometimes the amound of stitches in the area does not use up all the thread and if it is too small to loop the next time, I just discard it.

Sorry to be so long. Just want to try to be of assistance.

Good Luck. I am adding you to my list of frequently read blogs.

Jenn said...

I was so affraid to start working on linen but, now I can't put it down. I think when you start you just need to find a fabric you like and stick with that for a while. I don't even think now when I'm counting over the 2 threads. :)

Your doing a great job on your pice and I'm enjoying watching it grow.

Barbara said...

You're doing great, don't you worry too much about it. You'll love linen and won't look back at aida again :)

Barbeeque4 said...

I too was linen-phobic until I picked up x-stitching again.... I really can't ever see going back to Aida cloth, linen is so much nicer!!

Happy stitching!!