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spiceglider
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1:50 am Mar 16, 2005

Confused How do you resist the urge to just dump the piece you're working on and start over?

I'm working on Vase with Flowers by Jan Davidsz de Heem. I'm not that happy with the back (though no one will ever see it). I haven't even finished a page of the pattern, yet. I'm just wishing I had broken it down into smaller pieces, like 20 x 20 squares, instead of tackling a page at a time. I'd probably start at one corner instead of the center, too.

I guess one incentive not to chuck it all is the fact that I'm in Shanghai, and I still haven't found a place to buy supplies. I can order online, but I have to buy a good bit to make it worth the postage.

Thanks for listening to me rant and ramble.

More later. Must go sew.
Karen
BarBaraPrz
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7:01 pm Mar 17, 2005

Well, you could mark off the pages (using a contrasting color thread) on what you have (by counting squares) and then choose another starting point...

That might be better than starting all over again, and of course, you wouldn't need to get another piece of cloth...

Or...

You could use a stitch-ripper or manicure scissors and tweezers to pick out any particularly offending bits of what you've done so far.
spiceglider
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10:04 pm Mar 17, 2005

Yeah, I considered that, too. I have started dividing up the material with contrasting thread, and I'm working the squares on the page I've already sarted. Did that make any sense at all?

I'd just get more frustrated trying to rip it all out anyway. And, if my mother ever found out she would kill me. I had just told her I wasn't going to rip stuff out anymore. I'm a perfectionist and it just tears me up to leave it "wrong".

I'll keep at it. I've tried "parking" a couple of times, but then I get confused, so I don't do that so much anymore.

That's for the suggestions.

Karen
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12:15 pm Mar 18, 2005

No problem. We all get discouraged at one point or another and need encouragement. That's one reason for this board... to encourage each other. Wink
spiceglider
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6:41 am Apr 08, 2005

Well, I think I'll be starting over after all. I just figured out that my fabric is too small. I only have 1/2" on each side and 2" on top/ bottom . I still haven't finished the first page, so I'm not crushed.

Think this can be salvaged? Or, would it be better to just move on.

More later,
Karen
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8:58 am Apr 08, 2005

If you started it from the middle, then you could do a cropped version, I suppose.
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Having just had a look at it, I see that the design doesn't really lend itself to this, so that's not such a good idea. Sad
spiceglider
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8:40 pm Apr 08, 2005

My chemical engineer hubby has an idea to make it work. Finish the piece and then stitch it onto a larger piece of fabric.

Might it work as a pillow?
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9:29 am Apr 09, 2005


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My chemical engineer hubby has an idea to make it work. Finish the piece and then stitch it onto a larger piece of fabric.

I thought about something like that, too, except adding the extra fabric to the sides before finishing, but 1/2" doesn't give you much to work with.


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Might it work as a pillow?

It would make a lovely pillow.
spiceglider
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1:18 am Apr 12, 2005

Okay, I've made a decision. Sort of.

I've decided to put this project down for a bit work on my other project. It's on linen, so it feels totally different.

I finally found a cross-stitch shop in Shanghai. It's not as good as the ones back home, but it has floss, beads, patterns, and fabric. I feel so much better just knowing it's there.
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