It’s that time again.
I ducked out last time, a bit too much other stuff going on but here I am again. I’ve managed to get a bit of stitching done, but it doesn’t look much as I’ve also had to do a fair bit of unpicking!
Here’s where we were before:
There’s a lot of backstitching to do in that strip of lace. I’d done a load of it, and then decided two strands looked bodgy and ugly, so out it all had to come. I’ll be doing the backstitching with a single strand, and then it will look a lot more like lace and less peculiar. There’ll also be another strip on the other side, a different design.
Do go and see what all the others are up to. There are lots of us now, all over the place and in different time zones, so if they don’t have their posts up when you check them out the first time, do try again later.
Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Jess, Sue,
Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret,
Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret,
Timothy, Heidi, Connie
It looks like ‘much’ to me 😉
It looked like more before, but it was ugly, so I had to pull a fair bit out. It’ll look better next time 🙂
It’s looking great Kate
Thanks, still a way to go, but at least I’m making progress again.
My gosh, so intricate , and not the sort of design where you can get away with a wrong stitch.
The cross stitching was OK, but I think the single strand cross hatching will really show up any small errors.
It’s looking great, I feel for you having to undo a load of back-stitch, I think it’s one of the worst ones to unpick!
I think I should probably have reviewed how it was looking a bit sooner!
well done Kate! and I agree, backstitch always looks more delicate in just one strand
Dodgy I agree, backstitch in single thread much more delicate. Looking incredible
Thanks! I hope it lives up to my vision for the finished thing….
Good call, this looks like the p effect weight for the stitching. It is awful to unpick, but the solace of knowing it was the right choice always helps me speed along for a bit after.
I’m quite accustomed to pulling things out these days, and I’m always glad when I do! It’s a lovely piece, and will be worth it. I really love the delicate nature of your design.
Thank you! I hated unpicking, but I was so glad I bit the bullet and got it done… Now I can achieve the more delicate result I want.
One strand is best for backstitch. Well done on doing more than plenty 🙂
Thanks, I just felt a bit frustrated that I couldn’t get that strip done. You’ll see the reason why next time – there’s LOADS of backstitching…
Welcome back Kate. The sampler is beautiful.
Thank you 🙂 Good to have the time for it again!
You chose the right thing (one strand). Now it really looks like lace!!!!!
It will when I get back to it! I have too many handwork projects on the go right now!
The pretty little border down the side is a fair bit of work. Don’t underestimate yourself.
It was so much closer to completion before I started ripping out stitches 😦 Never mind, it’ll look a lot better next time 🙂
I love all the black stitching – it looks so delicate and lacey. I feel your pain with the unpicking. I had to do a bit of that myself this time.
It’s so disappointing, but we can’t let it go if it’s wrong, can we?
Looks great! What a pain to have to rip out some of it, but sometimes it is for the best because we like it better.
That’s exactly right, and the only consolation!
It really does look like lace! The designs are beautiful. Taking out stitches is definitely time put into the work 😆
It will look a whole lot better when the back stitching is in, it’s a bit blobby right now.
Oh Kate what a bummer you had to rip some of it out. 😦
I thought so at the time, but now I’m glad I did it, as the new result will be much prettier.
With all else you do,, that’s a lot of progress.
I must admit, the hand quilting has rather taken over all my hand stitching time just now….
looks wonderful!!! it really jumps off the white background. Frogging is the worst i have the same problem with back-stitching so i always try one thread first now it gives a cleaner line
Thank you! Up to now, I haven’t needed to do a lot of it, and what I have done has been on a larger scale. I’ll definitely bear the single strand in mind for the future…
Your project is looking really nice. Unpicking is sooo time consuming!
It sure is, but ultimately you need to sacrifice those stitches to satisfy your inner critic!
Impressive! I popped over to some of your other bloggers and they certainly are ambitious as well.
Indeed! I can’t possibly compare my sampler with some of the very complicated and beautiful work they’re turning out, but then I think that embroidery is only one of my hobbies, quilting being the main one, and I stop worrying about it!