I must be one of the most perverse stitchers on the planet. At the very least, I must be among the more unpredictable ones. After a month devoted to smalls, I decided I needed to work on something large and ambitious again. But, do I pick up where I left off on the Woodland Angel Stocking? No, of course not! Perhaps you are thinking that I resumed work on the Mystic Needlework Accessories Class Project that I had been working on in October? Not a chance! Or could it be The English Band Sampler about which I was do enthusiastic just a month ago? Wrong again.
No, I chose a UFO so old that it dates from a time when I was still stitching the occasional piece on Aida, Midnight Moogies from a very ancient Cross Stitch Gold magazine. This was abandoned originally because I had oriented the fabric wrong way around when I first started stitching it and didn't notice it till a full quarter of the design was stitched. The result: I had to cut fabric from the top and bottom of the piece to sew onto the sides to get the proper width. This meant that for a quarter of an inch wide strip down both sides my cross stitches have to penetrate not just the Aida but the seam allowance on the underside as well, making it a real pain in the proverbial ass. I suppose I could use a thimble to protect my finger but I have always found thimbles very clumsy tools ... they slow me down considerably. And since age and cataracts have already slowed
|What Midnight Moogies looked like at the start if the week.|
|Midnight Moogies as it appeared before this day's stitching|
For the past week I have been working on the black-stitched outlines of all the design elements and am nearly finished with that task. I hope to finish all the black stitching [with the exception of the checkerboard] this weekend. Once that is done, I will alternate between stitching lengths of the ever so boring black and white checkerboard border [through that pesky seam allowance] and stitching the vibrantly colored fill of the various design elements. I wish I could claim that once the checkerboard is done, all the boring parts of this project will be past. But, there is an outer frame of DMC 169 ten rows all around, rather like a stitched matte board.