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Thursday, February 22, 2018

~ Woe is Me ~

 Hello Friends & Folk ~
a little under the weather today...

my back hurts and I'm not sure if it is just from vacuuming up 
thousands of Asian Lady Beetles {click here to read more}
or if I have re-injured a pinch that I had a few weeks ago from lifting
OR I have a kidney stone {again}.

So you will find me on the heating pad if you need me.

While I'm heating up,
I have been stitching on the Daffodil Hill design...

I love the design.
I love the colors of thread I've chosen
and I love the linen I'm working on,
I HATE my stitches!

Take a look at the photos below, and you'll see what I'm referring to.
I have been stitching for a little over 30 years and have never had this happen before ~ 

I posted yesterday in our Samplermakers Group on FB about my problem,
and thought maybe it was the DMC threads I was working with...

can you see to the right of the window and door,
how awful my stitches look?
fat, flat & fuzzy.

 a kind-hearted and knowledgeable member of the group
responded to my posting with this reply:

"It's because some rows are worked in rows horizontally and some vertically. Though you don't realize it, the natural flow of your hand movement affects the twist of your floss and thus the rate of damage to the thread. Work your stitches individually and you will solve the problem. .."

she then went on to say:

  "Another consideration is how you are working the two threads. Yes, there is indeed a nap to the thread and you can see if if you "pounce" the tips...one will blossom more than the other. If you work with two individual threads, be sure they are in the same "nap" direction....and the blossom is the bottom (away from the needle). If you are using one thread doubled and doing a cheat start, then you are always working one thread with the nap and the other against it. Chances of fray are more likely."

 and that is exactly what I have been doing! 
for the first time ever, I have been cutting one long strand of thread 
and doubling it through my needle. 
AND on top of that I stitched this portion in every imaginable direction.

So there you have it.
 *heavy sigh*

I will now get back on that heating pad 
and begin this design all over once again on another piece of linen....

Lesson Learned.

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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