My friend, Pat, who twisted my arm and made me start Only One Rose with her, yesterday asked if we wanted to schedule a start for Memories of the Past. I said “any time” and we decided to start it on December 1. So, anyone else who wants to start it, jump in at any time.
I ordered Victoria Clayton Silks and they are scheduled to arrive tomorrow so, unless I have some of the border colors here already, I won’t be starting it til tomorrow afternoon or maybe even December 2 if the floss doesn’t arrive tomorrow.
This one is going to be slow going for me because I have to re-learn stitching in a hoop. I don’t want to cause serious issues with the left hand that’s already tired of holding fabric. Last night I put a piece of fabric in a hoop and . . the teaching an old dog new tricks phrase came to mind. I think I’ll go ahead and go back to the Lowery frame and floor stand instead of the hoop but I want to at least try the hoop.
The reason I’d prefer to learn to love the hoop is that once I load something in a frame for the floor stand, I either have to buy frames for all my current projects or keep unloading and reloading the frame. Maybe this would be a good reason to have only a few projects going at a time.
I was wondering if you were stitching with a hoop or a frame…. did you stop using the frames since you were trying to speed up your stitching? I remember you talking about the “sewing stitch” method and that seems easier if you are holding the fabric with your hand.
I think you should have three projects going at once – a large one on a frame, medium one in a hoop and then the small, handheld ones. Rotate the stitching based on how your hand feels.
I feel like it’s easier to keep Oscar away from the stitching if it’s in a frame. The ends/edges are concealed and, overall, it probably won’t look so much like a fun toy to him if it’s in a frame. Of course, there will be more wood to chew so we’ll have to see.
Most of my Oscar vs. fabric problems happen when I get up and run to the bathroom, or take Rita out or go put clothes in the dryer and I think I put my fabric where Oscar can’t get to it. Unless it’s hanging from the ceiling .. Oscar is going to get it.
If I’m stitching in a frame, attached to the Lowery stand, to get up, I have to move the frame to the left of me before I can get out of my chair. With it turned and totally cleared from the chair, I don’t think he will see it. (famous last words!)
And to answer your question, right now, I love stitching in hand. There are people who stitch in hoops that do the sewing stitch so I’m going to try to learn to do that, maybe in the frame. Does anyone do the sewing stitch in a frame?
Barbara Yarnell says
I just finished a bigger piece that I am gifting for Christmas so I had been planning to work on my Hands Across the Sea chart in the month of December anyway!
I love my hoops. I feel I get very even tension and produce nice stitches and I can swing it any way I want to stitch. I tried in hand and was very unhappy with the quality of stitches but I generally don’t stitch on small fabric as u do. To each his own!