Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cross Stitch

When i started gathering together the things i needed to start quilting again, i noticed that the blade on my rotary cutter was very dull, and i couldnt find my cutting mat.  I dont know if i left it in Tx, or if it just got put in a box somewhere. 
Now it just so happened that my hubby had to take his chainsaw to Sears for repairs in the same shopping center that you can find a Joann fabric.  So off we went.  I had already looked online so i had an idea of what it would cost. 
But i tell you what, it was much higher in the store.  I was really surprised at the difference.  Needless to say, i decided the wait was worth it.  I'm glad i did too cause when we got back home and i checked facebook, my niece had "liked" Joann Fabrics, which led me to go their page and find a coupon for 1/2 off any regular priced item.  Score.  Not only was it cheaper (even with the shipping) but i got 1/2 off my highest regular priced item. 

I still wanted to get something accomplished.  To get back into the feel of sewing.  So, out came one of my cross stitch projects.  This project was given to me in 2005 when i was very, very sick by my mom & daughters.  I was in the hospital with several things wrong and had just had a major seizure that left me with nerve and muscle damage.  I couldnt hold a fork or pencil correctly.  To build my strength back in my hands, Moma & the girls got me find-a-word puzzles and this cross stitch.  They would have to thread the needle for me at first and i could hold it in my fist and poke at the fabric.  But soon it got easier and easier.

Anyway, as i got to doing other things, i put this to the side, working on it here and there.  I worked on it some last night & today.   Here's my progress.


After:  it's actually not a lot.  I was trying to watch Unforgotten on and kept having to refresh the video.  And of course this is in between dishes, meals, etc.

I messed up on the words or maybe the white behind it cause the 'g' and the 'i' are too close together.  I'm thinking about doing another one of these only on yellow instead of light blue.  It's one of the things i like about counted cross stitch.  I can make as many as i want. 

There are lots of blogs out there showing very talented ladies doing their stitching without a hoop (like me) but their fabric is always so flat.  And they sometimes have two or three needles going at once.  I'm afraid i'd have a big mess but i may try it.  Do yall think paper towel tubes would be good to hold my work so i can roll it instead of folding?  Or would that be too flimsy?  Maybe i could put duct tape around it and make it stronger? 

Well, hope everyone's staying warm.  Maybe i'll be able to get more done since i'm spending the days by myself.  My youngest is visiting my oldest daughter in Tx and i am so bored.  Thank goodness for texting so we can 'talk' every day.


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