In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

More on Martha and Ann

Martha has her biggest flower finished!!!! I am quite happy. It feels like I have made it over a major hurdle in this band.

(Note that I didn't mention that there is another quite large flower that has to be stitched, as well as smaller flowers before I can commit to a happy dance for the band.)

I also have this week's band for Ann Scutt stitched. This is the first time the green has been used in the sampler although there will be quite a lot more of it before it's done.

Part of it was stitched twice, but the less said about that, the better. Let us just say that attempting to stitch pale gold on pale gold-ish linen (although it looks much lighter in this picture, it's actually very creamy), in less than good light, late on a Friday evening after a long and somewhat stressful week, is not a good call. And even though it was unstitched on a quiet Saturday with quite good light, unstitching is never fun. I'm trying to decide if I want to substitute a darker gold since the one used in the sampler is all but the same shade as the linen. When there's a mass of it used, as it is in the tent stitch sections in Band Three, it shows up. In the double running patterns, it completely recedes.

I think it's going to depend on how energetic I feel about diving into the stash to see what I have that would work. At the moment, I don't feel that energetic. Actually, I think I'll take a Saturday afternoon nap instead.


  1. Oh wow! They are both wonderful, but I am partial to Martha with all her pinks. ;)
    I would go one shade darker on the gold.

  2. Absolutely stunning. I have Martha in my stash and am going to have to stitch her soon.

  3. I think you need to dive for another color.
    That flower is gorgeous. It is absolutely acceptable to happy dance after finishing a major motif.

  4. Martha's flower is stunning. Such perfect stitches!