Thursday, November 14, 2013

Stitching Lessons

You have to wonder how many times do you have to repeat a mistake in stitching (or life) before it becomes a lesson.

Lesson #1:  ALWAYS, and I cannot stress ALWAYS enough, make a working copy of your pattern, so YOU are working off of the copy and the original is still intact, in case you spill something on it, mess up and have to start over and then figure out how to keep track of the already highlighted parts on your pattern so you don't stitch something twice.

Lesson #2:  DO NOT CUT SLUBS IN FABRIC!!!  Leave them, seriously.  Or you risk the danger of cutting HOLES in your fabric and because said hole is in a spot where stitches will NOT cover it up, you will have to start all over again at the beginning, with a new piece of fabric.

Well, folks, today I learned both of these lessons.  So, for now (until I receive new fabric in the mail for Home Is Where The Sunflowers Grow) I am starting Little House Needleworks Peter Peter, and my goal is to finish it by the end of the retreat on Sunday, as this pattern is a mere 73 by 73 stitches.  Wish me luck.

Until next time...


  1. Oh no....sorry for a restart :( But Peter, peter is very cute!)

  2. It's not easy but you can fix a hole in your fabric. Pull out linen threads from the edge. Remove the cut linen threads from around the hole. Reweave the fabric. I learned this in a hardanger class, so you might Google fixing mistakes in hardanger or something similar. I will go to great lengths to avoid restarting! Good luck.