Sonntag, 9. Februar 2014

Emergency Bookmark

Even though it's been near to twenty years and I've since passed elementary school, highschool and a fair part of college, I'm still in contact with one of my kindergarden teachers - mostly in the form of birthday or christmas cards. She also lives nearby, so we run into each other every so often.

So when I heard she had an accident last week, I was a little shock for me, although it was nothing severe - she tripped and fell and some stitches had to be applied inside her mouth, which is sure to feel nasty, but will probably heal without leaving a trace. Maybe it's even a good thing in a way, because she's always really stressed out and tired since she's involved so much with church and charitiy work, and now she is forced to stay at home for a while, to recover and - as she said - catch up with her reading.

So, since it was also her birthday on Saturday, I decided that I wanted to stitch a bookmark for her - something nice and bright and colorful to cheer her up. I didn't have any kits left though, and rummaging through my (very limited) stash of patterns didn't produce anything nice either. Since TW's knotwork bookmarks requite materials I know I didn't have, I went pattern-hunting on the internet. I found quite a few free patterns online, but lots of them had very few images and instead lots of text in them (which wasn't an option, since those texts were in English and as far as I know she doesn't understand that and I didn't have the time to play around and translate everything in a way that would still fit the pattern). Other I just didn't like, and the ones I DID like were mostly from some Russian site and in my eyes the looked much to clean for free patterns, more like scans from some magazine or something, and the decription was all Russion so I didn't understand I word and decided on not risking it.

Than I stumbled upon some rather nice patterns on Kincavel Krosses, including a cute Bird & Florals bookmark I could settle for.  I then went through my stash to get out the supplies I needed (and oh, the things I have seen - I'll have to do a lot of sorting out eventually) and found some leftover aida, but I soon discovered that the design would turn out way to big to be properly used as a bookmark on this - the same was true for some ribbons I got some time ago. So I did some more rumaging and finally found some rather coarse evenweave (maybe 20 or 18 ct, I guess) on which I could over-one it.

Picking out the floss went much more smoothly, as the pattern only required four different colors and I have quite a collection (though it's mostly  a mixture of Anchor, some no-name brands and leftovers from kits, and most of them unlabeld, which is one of the reasons why I didn't want to do a pattern with more...delicate shading), and although it was almost time for bed on wednesday evening, I set to stitching right away.

And that is where things started to go wrong. I don't get it - it's flowers and a cute birdie and bright and colorful and I love all of these things, it should have been a fun little project - instead, it got to be one of the most brutal experiences I've ever made while stitching. I just couldn't get into it. It would be too harsh to say I suffered through it, but I didn't enjoy it either - an than it was more than 1300 stitches in only little more than two days, and the fabric was driving me nuts because it was so soft and my thread would slip right through to the next hole (don't ask me how it managed to, but it was annoying). All the time I was working on it (and I did little less this two days) all I could think was how much I wanted to get back to Peacock Tapestry.

When I finally finished late at night on friday, I almost cried with relief - for one, because I was done, and than because I had bean half afraid I wouldn't be pleased with the result. But than I was quite happy with how it had turned out, and glad I could make it in time too - I havenn't heard from my teacher as of yet, but I'm quite sure it will have been worth the effort :)

So despite this not being the most pleasant cross stitch experience ever (I might even have to revise my answer in Carla's interview concerning my mos brutal project yet, hehe) I'm still happy I made it - and if I have learned one thing it is I should really start a binder or folder of such emergency projects so I won't have to panic and search all over like I did this time. So should anyone of you now some free or cheap patterns for small projects like this, I'd be much obliged if you pointed me at them :)

Kommentare:

  1. Yikes what an ordeal! It looks lovely and I cannot imagine she won't like it :)

    Yeah 1 over 1 is a bit evil like that - get your tension wrong and the thread will slip under to where it shouldn't be.

    Hmm places I like to go for patterns:
    happiness is cross stitching
    The DMC site and the world of cross stitching site - as well as the sites of the other magazines as they often have freebies too :)

    and don't forget dA - it too has good places to look :)

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    1. Well if that always happens with 1 over, I am SO looking forward to some of the other pieces I have planned...not, hehe.

      Thank you, and thank you for the links as well, I'll klick myself through there - didn't know DMC hat so many free patterns, some of them are really lovely :)

      I did try dA, but this search function and me are no friends, sadly...

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    2. There might be a trick to it - ask scienceandart - she has done more projects on this scale :)

      You are welcome! Indeed they do and they add a new one every month too!

      Agreed the search can be tricky and people put this patterns int he wrong place however this grup has proven to be useful in that respect : stitcher-resource a whole group dedicated to collecting patterns :D

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    3. I will - I'm sure there is something to it, so many people do it, it can't always be messy like this - I hope.

      And thanks again, that group looks great :D I did go through the pattern folder of the pirates, but there were only two bookmarks in there that didn't quite fit the occasion.

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    4. Yeah there is probably a trick to it :)

      You are welcome :) Yeah the pirates have some patterns but not as many.

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  2. That's a lovely bookmark and I am sure that your kindergarten teacher will really appreciate it. Shame that it was such a bind to stitch. Looking forward to more Peacock Tapestry.

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    1. Thanks :) I hope I'll have some more PT to show for my second WIPocalpyse post on the weekend :D

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  3. Well it came out looking great! And I'm glad that you got it done. :) I don't really have a website I use I just tend to look for things as needed so I'm afraid I can't help you. :(

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    1. Thank you :) Yeah, same for me, but no I thought I should build a small stock of pages to look at in cases like this ^.~

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  4. It's so bright and pretty, I'm sure she'll love it, and it's good that you like it too even if it did drive you nuts first.

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    1. Thank you :) Yeah, I'm glad I'm content with the result, otherwise it might have felt like a waste of time in the end :/

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  5. That's lovely! For small, quick patterns, I search on Pinterest for "cross stitch freebies". I have a whole board of smalls in my stitch-someday list.

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  6. Thank you :) I'll try that as well, although I already saw that some people just scan in commercial patterns on Pinterest too :/

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