quote:Originally posted by kmcecelia I have a smaller piece of 32-count pale, dusty green linen I'd like to use, but haven't been able to find a pattern that will fit well within its 13x15 dimensions.
Anyone have any suggestions?
If you've found a picture you like, but which is too large, you can always select part of the design so that it will fit the size of fabric. Make yourself a 'frame' out of 2xright angled pieces of paper (2 strips at r.angles, plus 2 strips at r.angles) either tape them together to make the whole frame, or leave them so that you can adjust them as you move around the design until you get the right crop.
OR...you could make make yourself a scissors case and needle cushion to match. I've got a needle cushion which is 2'' square, has a loop at a corner, and has a sachet of foam inside (it has an apple design..rosy red )...the design is your choice of course...this small thingummy is just right for a) hanging on a corner of the frame or whatever b) being light, small, and being easy to pack for travelling use.
I made my scissors case to fit my embroidery scissors, and gave it a flap whilst I was about it, adding a button and loop at the sewing up stage. Felt as a lining fabric, and a wee scissors blade sharpener to pop inside too, and there you have it! Adding a loop at the sewing up stage between lining and outer makes things A1. One pair of scissors, and your needles easily kept under your beady eyes' surveillance, and they are compactly stored and carried when you need them to be....easy as pie
If you have a style of design you like, just hunt around for something , you can always adapt or crop a picture. Klimt is good for having lots from which parts can be used.
That's my 2 penn'th (2 pennies worth...or cents for those who have cents), as the old expression goes
Thanks so much! That was in the newsletter recently, wasn't it? Can't believe I didn't think of it! I could also, I suppose, stitch "over one" instead of "over two." That would make many of the patterns much smaller than they are. I've never tried it before--I'm afraid that it might come out looking cramped, I'll risk going blind, or the end product won't be worth the work . . .
Also stitching over one doesn't look cramped, just miniturised...however, your eyes might welcome the use of a magnifier ..the hands-free -over he neck ones are handy (and pack away if you want to take it with you if you're travelling from home), cheap and light.
Tut tut! The end is ALWAYS worth the effort.
I have a stash of various coloured and differently counted fabrics, awaiting my attention. All I need is eternity so that I could get all my projects done !
Good luck trying to make up your mind which design I always find that part especially difficult.