This isn’t my final report on A Good Marriage. I’ll do one last report when I get it framed and it’s fully finished but I am so very happy with it.
It looks crooked but it’s a late night picture and I was trying to stand at an angle so my shadow wouldn’t be cast over half the picture. No shadow but a bit of distortion from the angle.
It isn’t perfect. It’s my first piece done on linen (32 count). I struggled at first with placement and figuring out how many spaces to leave between the words. I could, of course, count them on the chart but counting them on the fabric was confusing – two squares on the linen counted as one square and I wasted a lot of time counting and recounting and still didn’t get it all right. The last three rows, I was getting better with figuring it all out but I thought those words were too squished together but nothing I could do about it. It bothered me a bit that there was a comma at the end of the next to last row but no period at the end of the last row (or any other rows). But, I did it like the chart said to do it and it’s done and I love it.
One more thing – I used the called for colors. It doesn’t say two skeins are needed but I ran out of one color completely and didn’t have enough of another color to do another row if I had tried. Near the end, I was counting letters to make sure I used the floss that had the least remaining on the shortest rows. And, I added an extra color because I felt certain I was going to run out. I used DMC 924, which is a deep grayish blue. It’s on the row that says Remember to say I Love You every day, Forgive & Forget and the very last row. Without adding that extra color, I would for sure have not had enough with just one skein of the other colors.
One more thing, the little house in the third row from the bottom – the chart shows the windows and door stitched in a dark color but I think it looks better with those left unstitched.
Here’s a question for all you stitchers. I know that on most samplers, the stitcher puts her initials and the date and often, the creator of the original sampler’s initials are included also. On this piece (and all other pieces), should I put my initials and date or not include that? I don’t think I see that on most other pieces that have been stitched.