We may have an exciting afternoon - we are in the bullseye for a tornado outbreak and are under a flash flood warning, though that wonít affect me. I hope the other doesnít either.
I looked at the lilies at the end of the porch and there is standing water not directly on them but all around. I think it was definitely a mistake to put them there. I may see if one of the neighbors will move them for me if we ever dry out enough. There are two days of thunderstorms forecast for mid week. My marshland in the low spot is spreading and the next lot over neighborsí ducks are in heaven.
Job 1 today is to finish with the books. The goal is to limit them to available shelf space with nothing in storage. I think Iím there but if I need to lose a few more I have several that are on probation that I could easily let go. After that if the house is still standing Iíll see whatís next. The great house clean has been moved to Tuesday so I have a dayís reprieve to get it ready.
I did a little more on the scarf but not much.
04-13-2019, 08:13 PM
It’s over and happily wasn’t exciting after all. We had some heavy thunderstorms but no hail or tornadoes or especially strong winds. Texas wasn’t so lucky. I never really worry about tornado watches and sometimes even warnings. If one comes, it comes, but they are so localized the odds are always quite high in your favor that it won’t be you. If your luck runs out, it can be disastrous and deadly, of course, but enormous outbreaks with many tornadoes all over the place are rare. Anyway, there’s nothing I can do to stop one so all there is to do is pay attention. We probably only got a little under an inch of rain. It’s just April being April in Louisiana.
I’ve accomplished nothing except taking a nap - it was great weather for it. So ok, I wasn’t paying much attention for a while - lol.
04-14-2019, 02:11 PM
glad the weather didn't get you! we just had some wind last night. finished dd blanket so done! working on my crochet along behind on the last squares.
04-14-2019, 07:33 PM
It looks like the storm threw off tornados in Texas and Mississippi, skipping over us. I saw eight people were killed, a sad outcome for sure. I have been up close to tornadoes which is nerve wracking, but canít imagine the horror of seeing one headed directly for you. You are unlikely to be a victim but if you are, the violence of the storm is appalling.
I finally finished the book project and have a few inches of shelf space to spare so thatís a success. Iíve accomplished little today but after supper will carry on with my list, and then probably crochet late tonight.
04-15-2019, 08:40 AM
Thunderstorms came through early this morning. Around 4 am, we had a deluge - pretty much whiteout conditions due to rain. Didn't sleep well last night (or Friday night for that matter) so I'm wondering if that's due to the dramatic weather pressure changes.
I was a little off because my computer is in the shop being worked on. It's not acknowledging the disc drive so I can't play DVD's. I normally crochet while I'm watching DVD's. So it's a bit weird to crochet while I don't have my computer. Although I don't think I'll mind too much in the long run. I probably need to detox from electronics anyway.
04-15-2019, 12:16 PM
I have a busy day ahead and I’m getting a very late start. It won’t help that it will be interrupted by a grocery run in a couple of hours. I wasn’t going to get groceries but it’s about time another big cook in, probably next week, and I wanted to get one of the sale hams. Of course the list grew from there, but I should have everything I need to fill the freezer with meals again. I have loved that and should have switched to that method long ago.
I’ve hit another irritating speed bump in life’s road. When I was putting my new insurance card in the car I saw the registration I have is expired. I was certain everything was up to date and hope this is just a matter of not getting the certificate there, which would be as dumb as having it actually expired. Anyway that’s got to be fixed ASAP so it’s a trip to the dmv Wednesday or Thursday. Anyway after cataract surgery I no longer need glasses to drive so I need to get my license updated to show that. Sigh. So with one thing and another there’s going to be very little crafting a while.
04-15-2019, 04:45 PM
I am taking a day off Tuesday and will work on the yellow flower quilt a few hours until I get tired of sitting at the machine.
04-15-2019, 08:40 PM
Terrible about the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. I'm not Catholic or a world traveler, but it still feels like a loss. Construction started in 1160 or so and was more or less completed 200 years later. Anything that beautiful and that old deserved to live forever. Prez Macron is promising to rebuild.
Nothing done on the bathroom again today. I'm procrastinating again. Must do better.
We have rain turning to snow ATM. Still better than a forest fire.
I installed the second grow light in the baby greenhouse. Our garden seedlings are loving the first one, so it should be twice as nice for them now. I sure hope it will help us buy less garden plants at the nursery.
I found a smaller clamp-on magnifying light when I emptied out the bathroom cabinet to move it. I don't want it to clamp on, I want it to sit on a base. I happened to have a floor lamp base that I could modify to work with the lamp and it does, but it needs to be heavier in spite of already being weighted. I'll figure it out. I was going to buy one but don't want to if I can avoid it. I may be able to mod the articulating part too, since it does not need to be as tall as it is. If it did not extend so far, it might not tip. Will give that some more thought, but I'm very determined to make it work. Those magnifiers are expensive and besides, if I bought one then I would still not have a use for the clamp light. Worst case, I could wrap 10 pounds of log chain around the base.
04-16-2019, 12:06 AM
I have so much to do and I basically haven’t done much of anything. I’m calling quits for the night. I did cull out some food from the fridge. Only a couple except for the vegetable drawer. I had bought a lot of produce just before I got sick some time ago and just didn’t fell like dealing with any food prep that required work. I haven’t been to the grocery store since then, until today, so I wickedly just let the stuff stay there. It wasn’t pretty when I pulled it out while ago. I hate wasting food, but I’m giving myself a pass on it this time. I really could not have done better. Except maybe tossing it before now. Ick.
I can get some things done in the morning since they won’t start until afternoon, but I think I’ll need to have them just help put away stuff as much as clean. I want to change out a couple of tables and move one of the pantry shelves, and I have a few things for them to haul up to the attic. If we can get furniture squared away, and regroup from the cluttering that will cause, if the can clean the floors, the high shelves in the fridge, and the stove hood I will call it a grand success. One of them will also take the culled books away.
Someday there will be fun crafting again.
04-16-2019, 09:54 AM
Finished skein #6-ish on the w-b afgan last night. Started skein #7. It's coming along, although longer than normal since I'm using fingering weight yarn for this one. I've been doing some crocheting in the morning before work since my computer is in the shop getting fixed.
04-16-2019, 12:56 PM
Worked on the yellow flower quilt. 3 more flower blocks to go, then have to figure out quilting pattern for the side borders and fill-in triangles (this quilt has blocks set on point.) Current/old machine not acting great, reminds me I need to fiddle w/ the "newer" Singer I brought home and decide what needs to be done to get that one sewing well.
04-16-2019, 03:57 PM
Everyone is getting things done but me, although I was finally able to get into my main email account. First time in about a month. I'm so sick of fighting with that account I'm thinking of switching everything to one of my other two accounts with a different company. We have some of the worst landline phone service in the country, and that's our only option for internet except for expensive satellite internet.
No painting or even cleaning the ceiling for me today. Husby dragged the ladder in for me, and I'm hoping I can use it on the high parts if I don't unfold it. The worst will be the spot right over the toilet because I can't get close enough to the corner to reach. I'm sure I'll figure it out. Not looking forward to it, that's for sure. Probably one reason I'm procrastinating so much. Once I get going on it I probably won't have a problem. Things seem to work out once I start a project. The starting is always hard though, it seems.
04-16-2019, 05:46 PM
My friend and neighbor, who are sisters, came about 2 and everything flew for about 2.5 hours. I’m tired and they did all the work. It’s going to take me some time to get it all back together after moving tables and shelving units around and I’m not looking forward to that at all. But that most needed cleaning got cleaned and things that needed to be moved got moved. Some things went to the attic, all the trash went away, as did donated stuff, and the end is in sight.
After I finish with the house I will do the big cookathon I shopped for yesterday, and then, finally, I hope I will be officially off duty for a while so I can get back to the hexagons. While all this actual work is hanging fire, i just can’t settle to anything. So I will probably spend downtime’s mostly working crosswords and other word puzzles and other small time killing pastimes.
04-16-2019, 06:07 PM
I finished my embroidery design. I just need to figure out the backing. It will most likely be a layer of felt. I am not sure if I want to cut it as a square or a circle.
I used my new DMC and presencia thread to finish it. Looking closely I can tell it is different from the thread I started with. But from a distance it is not very noticeable. So I think it will work to mix and match.
I am doing a small thing next. I traced a picture from a learn to draw book for kids. This will be a test of the tear away sheets I got for embroidery.
04-16-2019, 06:49 PM
Kathy your design reminds me a lot of Mexican embroidered dress I had long ago. It was on white cotton, a very simple dress shape and all the embroidery was on the yoke.
04-17-2019, 08:21 AM
Sigh. Looks like I'm going to be without my home desktop computer for a couple weeks. On one hand, I could use a little break from the electronics at home. On the other, the store contacted me yesterday stating that the repairs were 'complete' and I should pick up my computer. Thing was, the original tech clearly stated that the repairs would either take two days if it was a software issue they could fix in-house or two weeks if the issue was the part itself. Turns out the part was broken/defective and they have to ship it out someplace else to have it replaced. If they had told me that there was still an issue upfront when they contacted me yesterday, I would've been less annoyed. If the computer is not fixed when you ask me to come pick it up, then the order is NOT 'complete'. They did give me the 'option' of buying an exterior drive (the DVD/CD drive is the problem). But either way, it probably would've cost as much for that as getting it actually fixed. Of course, buying an entirely new harddrive is likely as cheap or cheaper than what I"m doing now.
I did get some writing done early in the evening then went home and got some crocheting done later.
04-17-2019, 12:01 PM
Kathy - that’s really cool (does “cool” show my age?) I really like the center with the concentric stitching.
Dircpa - that’s crazy. Fixed should mean fixed. I would be annoyed too. Very annoyed. The whole world would probably be a calmer place if everyone took an electronics break, me included, but the thought of no audiobooks is too appalling to contemplate.
I will have little to report except drudge work for a while. I’m not going to the dmv today. Between all the work yesterday and another storm system closing in I hurt all over. I will do some less taxing things in the house but no expeditions for sure. Since I don’t plan to be driving anywhere for the next week or two it can wait until next week. I may be able to do it online. I need to find out if that’s a possibility. If not, I go to the dmv in a town south of here. It is always quick to get in and out, not like the zoo that is the Shreveport office, so not a dreaded ordeal like it was when I lived in the city.
Last night I got almost the food shifted to a different pantry shelf, and today will get all the pots and pans and such on the shelves where the food was. I hope I can get the kitchen finished but that may be too ambitious. All boring stuff.
04-17-2019, 01:24 PM
dc - not being able to listen to my music in the evenings is the thing that's been getting to me the most. I have a lot of Great Courses lecture series DVD I haven't watched yet but those I can watch on their website. Another reason I like The Great Courses. I only have access to the topics I"ve ordered but at least I have those.
04-18-2019, 08:42 AM
I think "cool" is still in, but I am probably not a good judge of things like that. At the very least I think people know what it means even if they think it is dated. When I was in grade school we had a school librarian who would use old slang, like "the cat's pajamas." Of course none of us had heard the term before but from the context it seemed to be something good.
I feel like the embroidery has kind of a 1960's feel. The design combined with a brown background. I tend to like 60's style stuff. I was born in 68, so it is not like I have memories of living though the 60's.
I have started on the simple pocket doll. I am using a pattern from Delilah Iris. The first doll will use the same felt I used on the embroidery piece. I ordered some more felt to use for dolls. It is a variety pack with mostly brown shades. I am not sure till I get the felt in whether it will work for dolls. Some might be a touch too reddish. Most shades of brown will work for skin tone, but not all. There is one sheet of "oatmeal" which might work for a fair skin doll. Today or tomorrow I will tea dye a small scrap of the white fabric fabric to see if I can get a decent skin tone from that. I am not trying for a completely realistic skin tone, but I do not want to use pure white for skin tone.
Generally speaking it is somewhat easy to get felt or fabric that works for tan skin or brown skin. Getting something that looks okay for a fair skin tone is sometimes tricky.
04-18-2019, 10:59 AM
I began feeling better late in the evening so I got a little done. By today with the weather system sitting overhead and raining the pain has greatly eased so I should be able to make much more progress today. I got the work table mostly cleared and figured out where to put the empty containers that have been piled on it. Today the priority is getting all the office supplies gathered up and organized on a newly emptied bookshelf. Some supplies were there but some small appliances mostly filled it. My rice cooker and normal food processor went to the pantry area, and the big crock pot and a large food processor were rehomed in the kitchen house. Little by little the house is getting under control again.
The freezer organization keeps getting pushed back but I want to do it today, see what I really have, decide what to cook for the freezer meals and move meats to the fridge to start thawing.
All that should keep me busy.
04-18-2019, 02:14 PM
Cool is still in. Groovy and far out, not so much, although I've seen groovy used a bit lately.
I grew up in the 60s and remember a lot of it, lots of the bad stuff like Kent State, MLK, Bobby Kennedy, Charles Manson, civil rights protests, Brown vs. Board, George Wallace, Tricky Dick, and even some scenes from JFK's funeral. God knows the coverage of Vietnam will never leave my memory. Horrible, the war and everything that went with it. The constant crap we are going through now triggers a lot of the same anxieties these days. Then there was the music. The 60s had some really great music.
I took apart some of the little greenhouse to remove a shelf to fit a tall grow light and got that all put back together and seedlings rearranged. I priced another grow light and decided to build one. I will be keeping an eye open for the right thing to use for a shade, which will support the whole light. I'm not in a hurry, and garage sale season is starting soon.
I cut a little replacement shelf for a knick knack 3-shelf thing I want to use in the pantry for some of the HM seasoning mixes I recently started making. About time I got that done. It doesn't match the 2 glass shelves but that doesn't matter for my purposes.
Not much done here today. Still procrastinating on the bathroom. Yeah, I do know how stupid that is.
04-18-2019, 03:12 PM
kids still use cool. think that is timeless. groovy nope lol rain here too and allergies so really not much energy or desire to do stuff. did clean out veggie drawer for first time in long time. vacuumed it out. carless so got dh to take me to libraries and groceries. slow and steady something done everyday. though not today lol . last few squares to finish of crochet along so I can join them before mondays border. kitten was a stinker this morning scratching couch , fighting with other cat on the bed.
will bring a different crochet project to keep busy waiting while dd at art class.
04-18-2019, 04:25 PM
Maybe I like the 1960's better for not having lived through them. That way I can focus on the fun parts like art and music and fashion. The nice thing about living today is that I have access to all the retro and vintage music I want.
I like a lot of old things, but I would not want to live in some of the past eras.
Sometimes it seems like the music and fashion of today are a bit boring compared to other eras. But I suppose part of that depends on where you live. Most people here dress on the plain/conservative side. Of course it is office workers, not some music festival. Maybe other people somewhere else are wearing interesting things.
On the other hand, because of the internet I can see interesting fashions outside of the mainstream. And here interesting music outside of the mainstream.
There are lots of bad stuff out there, but there has been bad stuff in every era. It puts it in perspective a bit.
04-18-2019, 08:19 PM
I’m glad I’m not totally antiquated, even though things I owned when they were new are considered vintage on eBay - lol. I was in high school and college in the sixties and was so absorbed in my studies I paid no attention to the news, didn’t listen to the music, saw pretty much nothing on tv. I would, of course, hear the big headlines, but the sixties mostly slipped by unnoticed.i would not be able to put together a list like SDs. A few of the items surprised me - “oh, was that in the 60s?” I have only the vaguest recollections of the decade.
I’m getting more stuff done today. The rain has ended for now, though there may be more tomorrow. We got .7” give or take. The ground is getting quite saturated.
04-19-2019, 10:11 AM
I was a kid in the 60s, but my brothers were 5 and 8 years older than me, so they brought home the music starting with the Beatles when they first hit the US. They were also at the age where they could be drafted at the end of the 60s. My younger bro was deferred for a congenital heart condition, but I will never forget the terror when the older one was serving and we got word he was supposed to go to Vietnam. At the last minute they sent him to Germany instead, but it was hell in the meantime. All my brothers' friends that hung out at our house all through high school were drafted, and it was scary over and over again because they were like brothers to me, too. I remember how divided the country was over Vietnam, and how disgracefully people treated the vets as they returned, people spitting on them and worse. Sickening. The things I mentioned were just off the top of my head. If I really think about it, there's lots more.
I loved all the fringe on 60s clothes and the hippie styles. Don't think I want to wear bell bottoms and platform shoes again though. I still like macrame. There were some really cool macrame vests with long fringe back then, all handmade. Leather fringed stuff, too. I think the 60s was the last decade where people sewed and crafted and DIYed a lot of stuff. Thanks to ERA activists, so many women entered the workforce and didn't have time anymore for crafts so the time consuming handmade stuff died off. A lot of good things came out of the social upheaval in the 60s, even with the negatives, and that's what gives me some hope we will get through this current upheaval we're suffering with right now.
I got half the ceiling wiped down in the bathroom. That's about all I will be able to stand to do at one time anyway. I prepped the wall behind the bathroom door, too, because I want that done so we can put the door back on. At least we're started now.
04-19-2019, 12:21 PM
That sewing kit is adorable.....thinking I could make some for my shoeboxes for the older girls....thanks....
04-19-2019, 12:23 PM
I got a fair amount done on the house yesterday. I think, or at least hope, that I can finish that up today and tomorrow. Then Easter which will be all day at the kitchen house, followed by the great cook in.
I really goofed on that last grocery order. The Kroger brand herbs and spices were on BOGO, and all of mine are getting old, so I put a bunch in the order, being careful to keep even numbers. Then I checked an online site I have used before. The herbs are much cheaper, but holy cow, they wanted $23 to ship them. I think not. So back to Kroger. Check Amazon. Back to Kroger. Somehow in all of this back and forth and putting them on and taking them off the grocery list, somehow I accidentally ordered 2 of each instead of one. I could cook well seasoned meals for the army. At least the second set was free, but it still cost twice what I expected (bangs head on wall). I will be able to use up most of it, but unfortunately the two more expensive ones, ginger and paprika, are things I use only very occasionally. I have enough of them now for several lifetimes. The duplicates of those will be adopted out at Easter. Three that I use a lot weren’t available in the Kroger brand, so I’m getting them from Amazon- marjoram, summer savory, and ground rosemary. Those will be big quantities but it was definitely a better option than going to the really expensive grocery store brands. Ready to cook!
04-19-2019, 01:05 PM
I would not mind wearing a pair of bell bottom jeans. I sometimes see - online not in person - handmade bell bottoms. Well they are not completely made by hand. It is basically a pair of regular jeans the is altered. Just cut down the lower outside seam and sew in some fancy fabric. If you google DIY bell bottoms you get some interest pictures.
There was a brief bit in 1976 where there was some interest in "old fashioned things" because of the bicentennial. I remember that when I was kid (pre-teen) craft kits for kids were a big thing. I remember an aunt that made some doll clothes for me. But my mom was not into crafts at all.
While I agree that it is hard to find time to do crafts while you work, I think there is more to the story than that. Some feminists say unkind things about women they think are "too stereotypical" i.e. enjoy things like crafting and baking. This is starting to change now. In fact there is a whole group of women out there using crafting to make statements that are liberal and/or pro-feminist.
I am not sure if crafting is on the upswing now or not. It kind of feel like that, but I think it is partly due to the internet. For example if there were only 1000 people who quilt in the US, and over half of them posted on line about it, it would seem like there were a lot of quilters out there. But it would be a very small percentage of the population. [I am pretty sure there are actually more than 1000 quilters in the US. Then you also have to include quilters in other countries who are posting in English.]
So when I google for people doing various crafts I get a lot of hits. Even if it is a small percentage of the population, the number of people is large because of the population is really large.
Even though no one I know *in person* does embroidery, I see people on line that do it. It helps me to feel like I am not the only doing this.
I see a lot of people online that make or modify there own clothing. As a percentage of the population, it is probably far less than it used to be. But it can feel like a resurgence because I see it a lot. And there are people online who toss out terms like "the indy revolution" or "the crafting revolution". So maybe it is a thing after all.
04-19-2019, 05:15 PM
My current mini embroidery. I am stitching on top a stabilizer sheet. The brown part is the picture I traced. The black are the stitches.
04-19-2019, 05:50 PM
I finished quilting the 3 flower blocks. Need to figure out a stitching pattern along the side borders and triangles. I have some green thread I think will match well enough. I think I will buy some muslin for binding, it would match the flower background better than white. Or possibly a yellow print binding. I'll see what JoAnn has next week.
04-20-2019, 01:33 AM
I almost finished putting the house back together. I should be able to finish tomorrow. But I’m putting off the cooking for a week or so. I pulled out the remaining frozen meals to thaw and found several I thought I had already eaten. Also Sunday I will be sent back from the double Easter feast with lots of leftovers. There is going to be a regular Easter spread at noon, and then a barbecue for supper. My fridge is going to be too full to start major cooking.
So I will be able to get back to the hexagon next week. It’s sitting there on the bookcase taunting me.
04-20-2019, 02:03 AM
Altering jeans to make bell bottoms was so common in the 60s and 70s that ready made jeans were sold with triangles of fabrid already added. I made a few pairs myself. Of course, if the hems didn't drag on the ground, they weren't long enough.
Crafting now seems more like a leisure activity than it did back then. Sewing now is more of a hobby, for example. Then, women sewed clothing for their family to save money, mended things, knit or crocheted clothes or gifts, etc. Hobbies were more practical, less luxury.
Embroidery has always been popular, it seems.
I got the first coat of primer on the areas I'm focused on now. It's really hard to reach the corners over the vanity, so I will be relieved when it's done. I need to call the plumber next week to see when to do the rip and tear on the current vanity. Can't wait to see that go.
04-20-2019, 01:02 PM
When my friend and neighbor were here Tuesday they saw the crochet baskets I’ve been making and really liked them. They were astonished I had actually made them myself. That was good news since some of the ones I’m making are Christmas presents for them - lol.
As I said last night I’m pretty sure I can finish the house today. With the end so clearly in sight it will be an incentive to push through it an get it’s done. With all the clutter from the stash organization, culling the books and moving most of them, and then the flotsam left adrift from moving tables and shelving units, complicated by the weather doing such a number on my arthritis, it’s been pretty overwhelming. No matter what next week needs to be my official spring break.
04-20-2019, 01:32 PM
Originally Posted by dcompton
Iím glad Iím not totally antiquated, even though things I owned when they were new are considered vintage on eBay - lol. I was in high school and college in the sixties and was so absorbed in my studies I paid no attention to the news, didnít listen to the music, saw pretty much nothing on tv. I would, of course, hear the big headlines, but the sixties mostly slipped by unnoticed.i would not be able to put together a list like SDs. A few of the items surprised me - ďoh, was that in the 60s?Ē I have only the vaguest recollections of the decade.
Iím getting more stuff done today. The rain has ended for now, though there may be more tomorrow. We got .7Ē give or take. The ground is getting quite saturated.
I know lol yes think some decades have better music and fashion or some better left behind like the 70s fashion esp for men lol There was a year end art project display at the uni that dd has art class. one project was the 80s cassettes, vhs movies, novels of the time tv w vcr playing old news records..said to dd look it is our basement lol don't think they appreciated it but seriously the 80s aren't ancient. or at least that is what I am telling myself.
teens do dress more bland is seems then my day the 80s yes more coloured hair but doesn't seem bright with all the dark colours.
04-20-2019, 01:43 PM
working on my crochet along ..putting the blocks together.. screwed up and had to make another one. going to musical today w mil..hopefully she will be ok. not on the right antibiotics so loopy. told the kids not to mention friends because she is on that there friends are drug addicts. always drug addicts when she is loopy. joys of lewy. singing in the rain matinee. they do a really good job there.
the last week of crochet along monday so it is the border so plan to get the squares crocheted together.
04-21-2019, 08:01 AM
JoAnn stores are closed today but the web site has free shipping......
04-21-2019, 09:25 AM
Green thread is working out for the quilt, sometimes my machine balks w/ old thread. I found lightweight yellow fabric (old) in stash that I'll use for the binding. I'm going to double it due to the weight. That will give me a nice fold on the back side when I turn it over. Looking forward to finishing this project. Not the best job I have ever done but it is hard doing a full size quilt on a regular machine. I figure the top itself is probably 70+ years old if the story my sister told me is true. My grandmother died before I was a teenager. My dad is 90.
04-22-2019, 01:34 AM
dircpa - thanks for the JA note. Before the store here didn’t seem to have RH super saver, but looking at the site I see it apparently does now. However I picked up a two large ombrť skeins, and two bags of regular size super saver that I want to use in the baskets for the Christmas presents that are not available here. Others I can get here now. Since they liked the big ones so much the other day I’m going to make those for them. Or probably one small, already made, and one large. However between the baskets I’ve made and all the scarves I am running low on variegated, at least the favored colors I want to use for them.
When I got home from the feast I picked the the hexagon and worked on that a bit. I’m a bit undecided how to finish it. It has ended up being unplanned and has awkward spaces. I doubt you remember but I decided after I started it to switch from the hexagon tutorials and use another book to work with. That didn’t help. I’ve about decided that instead of doing much embroidery on it I will use larger and easier elements just to finish it off quickly. Partly because it was started so long ago it feels stale now and I want to move on. Partly because it feels so disorganized. Another problem there is that I have not been able to layout any guidelines on the black. It hasn’t been an easy color to work on.
This is where I am now.
04-22-2019, 08:42 AM
Sigh. Still working on skein #7 on the wool-blend afgan. But this weekend I was out of sorts. I've gotten so used to using my computer for both music and DVD's. Part of it was also just wanting to get outside, now that the weather's finally getting nice, but it still be too uncertain (rain-wise) to stay outside.
Then again, while the w-b afgan is coming along (it's now down to the floor), I may need to put it aside to work on other projects that will likely go quicker, if only to see progress.
04-22-2019, 10:26 AM
The hexagon looks pretty finished to me. Although I suppose you could squeeze more embroidery in. Is the goal to fill all the space with embroidery?
For writing on black fabric, I sometimes use tailors chalk. It come in two colors, blue and white. The blue is good for most light and medium fabrics. The white is good for dark colors and blue. Tailors chalk can be fairly easily wiped off most fabric. (Test on a scrap first.) That is both good and bad. Working with the fabric can sometimes make the lines smudge or disappear if you are not careful. If you have a box of colored pencils, I find that white or light yellow pencils can show up on black or dark fabrics. The lines are fainter and harder to see than tailors chalk. They do not rub away so you have to make sure to cover them.
I also have a white pen that makes a bright, somewhat thick line on dark fabric. I general only use this for tracing shapes I will cut out.
I am working on my tiny unicorn embroidery patterns. Someone of the internet said that tear away stabilizer is the best thing every for embroidery on felt. I respectfully disagree. You trace the pattern on the stabilizer, which is thin enough to work great for tracing. Then you baste the stabilizer to the felt and embroider through both layers. Then you tear away the stabilizer. It sounds good in theory. In practice little bits of the stabilizer stick in small enclosed space and tight corners. It can be very hard to get out. Furthermore, it tugged a little at my stitches when I tore it away. I had to adjust them back into shape.
I wound up ordering a light box on Amazon. I think it will work okay with white felt. I will also play around with freehand drawing on felt. I will use the wash away pens for light fabric and white tailor's chalk for dark fabric.