Please read all the way through because I have a question for you. I need your opinion and I know I can always count on y’all for an honest opinion!
As you might have guessed, I haven’t stitched a whole lot these past couple of weeks. With Addie having been here two weeks and having felt bad, I just didn’t do much stitching, which kinda makes no sense because I didn’t start this til July 1 and I think I got Addie on July 2 so I must have done more stitching than I thought while I wasn’t feeling so great.
Since this is a piece I have on the stitching app, it was easy to see how many stitches I did per day. I’ve learned, that with the way I do things – cooking, spending some time outside, time on the computer, running to town with Vince, etc., my average number of stitches per day is about 250 – 300. It’s only on those really good days that I get 300 stitches done and if I had to plan an exact finish for a project, I’d count on doing 250 stitches per day.
Yesterday I sat in my chair almost all day. I didn’t leave the house. I might have spent half an hour outside. We had cabbage rolls out of the freezer for dinner. Other than taking a two hour nap, placing an online grocery order, then putting the groceries away, I don’t think I did anything except stitch.
I didn’t even know 600+ stitches per day was possible for me but . . now I know. I don’t think I would ever count on doing that many consistently but it is nice to know it can be done.
I am almost finished with Veterans’ Day at Twin Gables by Heartstring Samplery. You will see that I changed a lot of things. Most of the changes were made because I used Sulky 12 wt. thread and there aren’t enough colors to accurately match the colors of DMC or overdyes. When it came to the shades of tan and beige, I couldn’t get good matches and since I prefer more color, I changed part of the building to blue, and I changed the big planters to blue. Also, in the text box, I added my uncle’s name and the year of his birth and death.
I still have to finish stitching the planters, complete the black flag and fill in the light stitching for the buntings and flags. I should be able to get all that done today.
Question: The text box in the chart only has “Some Gave All” and the background is stitched in a pale, mossy/gray green. I had planned to do that so I stiched the birth and death years in the light shaded ecru. It would show up fine if the background was stitched with that grayish green. But, after looking at the whole piece, I think since I enlarged the text box, filling in the background would be a bit overpowering for the entire piece so I’m leaving off the background stitching.
Should I rip out the birth and death years and stitch them in a darker color?
If so, I’ll probably use a light blue. My first thought was to rip it out and re-stitch it but then after I went to bed last night, I was thinking that when I go to the old cemetery where my family is buried, including Charles, the old headstones are hard to read. Maybe leaving it this blending shaded off white is ok??
I am framing it myself so at any point before framing, I can change the color but I’d like to get it done today or tomorrow and be finished.
So . . what do you all think?