I was on a HUGE high this week with my cross stitch. I figured out how to cut a frame down. I actually got the piece laced. It’s in the frame and hanging on my cross stitch wall. I’ll show it to you in tomorrow morning’s post. I fully finished two other pieces that I will be showing in upcoming blog posts. I was just so happy…but then, I had a setback with my cross stitch this week and it’s left me really frustrated.
Being I finished my Forever and Ever last week, I decided that I would work and get the outer border of my Come Into the Garden in place. I stitched three nights to get it around and connected. But, it didn’t connect. WHAT?? I was so frustrated. Not only did it not come together, but it was off by stitches. I had never been so off on a border ever.
I did all of this stitching and it didn’t match. Oh my word.
It didn’t match by this much…it cross stitch world, which is not fudgeable. That is hunt and search and figure out what the heck the problem is.
I ended up …looking and counting and thought I found the problem. Up in the right-hand corner, I put in 18 stitches coming down towards the bottom…and 20 stitches going up.
Darn. I did the same thing in the left corner. Was that enough for me to be off?
I had just stitched the bottom corner and there 20 stitches up and 20 down. Darn. This must be the problem. I did 18 stitches at the top and 20 stitches at the bottom. Darn, Darn, Darn.
Okay. This was going to mean ripping out the stitching from the bottom middle, up the right side and all the way over to the top left corner. Blah. I was disheartened. I realized that I’ll likely have to pull out where I started the flower in the top border too. I was so bummed…but I wasn’t giving up.
The next night, I pulled it all out. It took me the whole evening of stitching time. I hate ripping out this much. The whole time I was just mad at myself for making the counting error.
I wasn’t going to end the night on a mad note so I threaded my needle and went to redo it and add the extra stitches so there would be 20 stitches like I thought there needed to be. I put the two extra stitches in and then I double-counted for sure. I cross-referenced the pattern. WHAT??
IT WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO HAVE 18 STITCHES!!! I ripped all of that out for absolutely nothing. For no reason. I didn’t need to do it. I just wasted days of stitching time. I was angry…but worse than all of that, WHERE DID I GO WRONG? Why didn’t the border meet up?
I looked and looked. I counted and counted and look. Here at the bottom corner of the chart, the designer added three stitches. WHAT?? What the heck. Why didn’t the designer work to make the chart even. It was totally possible. She could have. Instead, she just added stitches.
I understand that things like this happen all of the time in reproduction charts. Samplers are stitched by young girls who are 10 and making an “even” without the modern tools we have would be difficult. But a designer with modern equipment could have made this border work without a few added stitches.
In the designer’s defense, it was charted and I didn’t stitch it as charted. I did the error, BUT, I know stitchers. We get in a rhythm. We memorize the pattern and just stitch. We all do it. I’m positive there are others who likely have made the same mistake.
In the end, I could have ripped out from the bottom center to the left bottom border and everything would have been fine. AHH. I ripped out all of that stitching I wasted all of that time for NOTHING! I’m still so frustrated.
I’m so frustrated that I put the whole project away and I quit for now. I’ll eventually go back to it, but I’m still a little mad. I know, I’m not really acting like an adult…but I am human and I do pout occasionally. This, for me, was pout worthy.
So…In my frustration, I decided to just pull something else. Something completely different and NOT a sampler.
I ended up pulling this…
It’s Brenda Gervais of With my Needle and Thread, Seasons of the Heart.
I started the Christmas one some time ago. I looked. It was the end of April when I started it. I was this far along.
I wish I was stitching the Fall one but this one is started so I’m going to stick with it.
Now I’m here…
I’m pleased with this. It’s funny because this piece got put in time out some time ago because I had a counting error on it. Now I’m back and have forgiven it…and myself and am stitching again…so there is hope for my Come to the Garden piece.
I had a busy week with family here and have a busy weekend with family too. So I don’t expect much stitching time. I need to look and organize stuff as the cross stitch retreat is on Thursday of this upcoming week. I have no idea what I’m taking. I don’t know how much to take….Ah…Are there any cross-stitchers out there who go on retreats and read the blog? Please let me know in the comment section what you recommend taking. I need help. I’m a retreat newbie!!
Anyone waiting for your Redbird Sampler Stitch Along goodies to come. I talked with Liz from the Stitchery Nook. There was a snafu in getting one of the elements to complete the kits. The item is finally on the way and kits will be shipping on Tuesday/Wednesday of next week.
If you haven’t caved in and ordered yet, there is still time!! Put your order in soon and Liz and the crew will ship your order out when the other ones go out. I can’t wait to stitch this all with you. You can find order info HERE.