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 9, 2021

lots of teeny tiny stitches

 I finished one of the panels for Emie's Etui this week.

I was muttering to myself about how long it was taking me to stitch this panel. In the middle of the night one night this week, I woke up still muttering. Then I tried to figure out how many stitches I was doing. 32 count linen, cross over one.

So I multiplied 32 by 32, which would be the number of threads in a square inch of fabric, and came up with over 1000 stitches if I just worked tent. If I worked cross stitches, it would be over 2000.

Surely not, I thought. After all, my abilities to do math in my head are more like inabilities to do math in my head, much less doing math in my head in the middle of the night. So when I got up the next morning, I pulled out the calculator--and, yep, still over 2000 if you do cross stitch over every intersection in a 1 inch square on 32 count linen.

No wonder it takes so long!

And that's also why the next two bands on the next section of the etui seemed to zoom by.

But the next step is tent over one and cross over one (again) to make the wreath for the center of the panel.

Over one again . . . sigh . . .


  1. I'm trying to find the Barbara Jackson charts that you stitched several years ago. Peace on Earth -- was one of them. Are they from a class? Do you have any information that would help me track that pattern down?

  2. Over one is very time consuming, but so worth it for dimension and detail. Beautiful stitching, Ann!

  3. Lots of stitches , but worth it .
    It's beautiful.

  4. I hate stitching over one but sometimes you just have to do it and it can look so very pretty.