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2017 Finishes

1. Now I Know My ABC’s (Winter theme) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, January 6, 2017

2. Sew Bands by iStitch Designs. Finished Friday, January 13, 2017

3. Les Grande Pensée excerpt. Finished Friday, January 20, 2017

4.Spring For Rabbits by The Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Finished Sunday, February 12, 2017

5. Teacup Mice by Margaret Sherry. Finished Tuesday, February 14, 2017

6. New Years’ Magic by Brooke’s Books. Finished Thursday, February 23, 2017

7. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Blue Teacup by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Thursday, March 2, 2017

8. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Yellow Teabag by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 3, 2017

9. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Clothespin with Flowers by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 10, 2017

10. Luck 2017 Flip-It by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 12, 2017

11. Now I Know My ABC’s by Blackbird Designs (summer version). Finished Friday, March 17, 2017

12. Basket by Lizzie Kate. Finished Friday, March 24, 2017

13. Love by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 26, 2017

14. My Wurk by At The Hop. Finished Thursday, April 6, 2017

15. Buttons and Blooms by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, May 13, 2017

16. Tiny Flag by Shepherd’s Bush. Finished Friday, May 19, 2017

17. Winds of Change by Cross Eyed Cricket. Finished Wednesday, June 21, 2017

18. Summer by The Snowflower Diaries. Finished Friday, June 23, 2017

19. Flags and Friends by Bent Creek. Finished Tuesday, July 11, 2017

20. Strawberries and Cream By Casey Buonaugurio. Finished Sunday July 16, 2017

21. Be Kind and True by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, August 6, 2017

22. Little Sunflower Doodle by SanMan Originals. Finished Wednesday, August 9, 2017

24. All Hallows Eve by Chessie and Me. Finished Monday, September 11, 2017

25. Creepy by SanMan Originals. Finished Tuesday, September 12, 2017

26. 2010 Fright Night Quaker Halloween by SanMan Originals. Finished Sunday, October 15, 2017

Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10

2. 2009 Finishes- 21

3. 2010 Finishes- 49

4. 2011 Finishes- 26

5. 2012 Finishes- 35

6. 2013 Finishes- 7

7. 2014 Finishes- 19

8. 2015 Finishes- 61

9. 2016 Finishes- 50

10. 2017 Finishes-

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Completely At A Loss

As I had described in my last post concerning this project, the overall layout of this design is very small and I am having a hard time keeping track of where I am on the project. Turns out, this was the least of my worries. Tracy of Elegant Jewels of the Needle, was kind enough to point out that the the design is actually 212 stitches high and not what is listed on the chart:

The fabric that I had so carefully chosen in order to stitch this piece,  28 count Caribbean Blue jobelan by Wichelt Imports, was not cut to the correct size. In fact, is it no where NEAR where it is supposed to be. I will skip over the pleasing stream of the old rancid that was issued forth when this particular bit of information was discovered and verified as correct in assessment.  Suffice it to say, I am the eldest daughter of a sailor and trust me when I say that I was swearing like one on a three day pass in Hong Kong when I decided to stitch to the top of the tail and then count down to where the bottom of the tail is located:

 Sea Flora #NC194

Designer: Nora Corbett for Wichelt Imports

Fibers: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117  in B5200, 154, 156, 211, 333, 747, 754, 838, 92, 951, 959, 964, 3371, 3746, 3807 and 3847. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads

Stitcher's Notes: Will be substituting Kreinik #4 braid in 027L for a different color. Will be changing colors in the frond.  

What it will look like eventually:

Began Sunday, May 3, 2015:

Where the bottom of the tail will wind up as marked by the needle:

I have emailed Wichelt Imports to voice my displeasure with this whole debacle. I doubt they will be bothered with a reply, but we shall see. Since I purchased the chart from 123 Stitch, I emailed Joanne to let her know. She has already changed the website to reflect the correct information. There isn't a place to put a review on the 123 Stitch website, so I let her know about the smallness of the chart as well. She has very good customer service and I don't want her or her staff getting yelled at for things beyond their control. 

Honestly, this whole thing has turned me off stitching any more Mirabilia/Nora Corbett charts. I think that after this one, I will not purchase any newer ones and just stitch up what I have. Unfortunately, for me, this mean about 6 kitted up, but oh, well. I will stitch what is in stash and then go on. I can't waste any more time on crying over spilt milk, however, I can't help feeling bummed out by this whole process. This project was to be my summer reward for stitching so much out of my  Bin O'Shame stash. I hit 17 on Saturday, May 2, 2015, which is 2 away from my record year, and 8 away from my goal. I decided to take a break from it and stitch this lovely instead. Seems like I should have just kept to the  Bin O'Shame stash and let it be. 

So, now I am faced with the unenviable task of choosing one of the following options:

1. Ripping out what has already been stitched. There is no way I am pitching a $10.00 piece of fabric. If I had chosen white aida, this would have been a different story, mind you. 

2. Attempt to finagle the design so it can be stitched in some form. In other words, work with what I have, and add elements from some other designs and/or create something myself. 

3. Return to the Bin O'Shame stash. Heaven only knows there is enough in there to stitch. And it's not like CCN's Ice Cream Shoppe doesn't need finishing up. 

4. Start something else. I am sorely tempted to do this, however, I suppose I would feel horribly guilty about leaving this mess behind in order to deal with it later. And quite honestly, this project would just have me doubly pissed off when I found it in the back of the closet at some unknown future date in time. 

Well, you all have heard enough of my complaining. I will be an adult and think on this a bit before I make my decision. I will now leave you all with the wishes for a happy Sunday and a good week next week. 


Respectfully submitted,


1 comment:

Tracy J said...

I am sorry my correction came too late.

How about frogging some off of the bottom and just stitch her head and bust to her waist and put a border around it or if you are crafty make it into an ornament.

I would give Mirabilia/ Nora Corbett another chance. Her designs are too beautiful to give up on. Maybe after several months you will be ready to tackle one again.