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kmcecelia
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Location: St. Paul, MN
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9:50 pm Dec 19, 2009

AAAARGH. A nice, big, black piece of Aida came with the other fabric. I need it for the project with Wood Smoke floss. Wanted to cut, tape and generally prepare. I have a bit of floss, so I thought I'd get started just to see how it would turn out. Spent a couple hours on it, and then realized, wait, it looks a bit too short. Plenty wide enough, but I don't think the fabric is long enough. Measured again, and sure enough, I'd made a mistake typing in the # of stitches in the "fabric calculator" thingie. Which meant that my piece of fabric (hard to find black, 18ct in a 30x36 size at an affordable price) was now too small. And I've wasted several hours, a little of rather expensive thread, and now have to resume my hunt for fabric. On the plus side, from what I've done (and now have to rip out), the thing should be gorgeous when it is done. Subtle shades of tan ranging from cream to medium brown.
Sad Sad Stitching Kathleen
gillsuth7s
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Joined: 31 Oct 2009
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Location: Cork, Ireland
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2:42 am Dec 20, 2009

quote:
Originally posted by kmcecelia
AAAARGH.
Sad Sad Stitching Kathleen


Kathleen, hi,

Look at it this way....in any case you'll have needed to prepare the fabric before getting on with any design, so you have at least that done for when you do use it on a different design from the one initially planned.

Buying by the metre/yard, although initially expensive, can sometimes be the better way of doing something. Have you tried www.willowfabrics.com (an English firm which is excellent, and which does mail order stuff), or www.dmccreative.co.uk(they do have an American site, but I don't have the address...if you got onto the main one, you'll be able to link across somehow).

As a last chance choice, you can always buy in white or cream, then dye it black (not forgetting to fix it to prevent it leeching out when you wash the piece before mounting and framing when finished).

Modern dyes these days are pretty much idiot-proof, so you could easily dye your fabric if you can't get what you want otherwise, plus it's a cheaper way of getting what you want. If you're like me, you'll already have stacks of the bog-standard cream/white stuff in your stash. Just remember though, if dyeing, that your fabric will be cotton or linen, both natural fibres, so don't buy dye which is for synthetics, as they absorb the dye differently from how natural fibres do. (I did a Creative Textiles course at college a few years back, and one of the modules was dyes - their properties, functions, application, history, etc etc., very interesting and tempting)

Hope this all helps, Smile

Gill Stitching Stitching
armywife
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Joined: 07 Nov 2009
Posts: 107
Location: Madison, MS
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9:07 pm Dec 21, 2009

quote:
Originally posted by kmcecelia
AAAARGH. A nice, big, black piece of Aida came with the other fabric. I need it for the project with Wood Smoke floss. Wanted to cut, tape and generally prepare. I have a bit of floss, so I thought I'd get started just to see how it would turn out. Spent a couple hours on it, and then realized, wait, it looks a bit too short. Plenty wide enough, but I don't think the fabric is long enough. Measured again, and sure enough, I'd made a mistake typing in the # of stitches in the "fabric calculator" thingie. Which meant that my piece of fabric (hard to find black, 18ct in a 30x36 size at an affordable price) was now too small. And I've wasted several hours, a little of rather expensive thread, and now have to resume my hunt for fabric. On the plus side, from what I've done (and now have to rip out), the thing should be gorgeous when it is done. Subtle shades of tan ranging from cream to medium brown.
Sad Sad Stitching Kathleen


Sorry to hear that! Best of luck with finding more black fabric (or dyeing, if you are industrious as Gill Razz ).
Hope you are all having a very Merry Christmas week!
Pam
kmcecelia
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Posts: 63
Location: St. Paul, MN
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12:42 am Dec 22, 2009

I emailed the seller and she graciously agreed to send me another piece (as a gift!). I offered to pay for it anyway, of course, so we'll see what she says. SOOO glad she still had one left. Still can't believe I did that--what a simple mistake.
The floss came in the mail today, all 50 skeins. Yikes--creates quite a pile when put all together. I'm looking forward to starting it (again!) when the fabric comes.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Kathleen
gillsuth7s
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Location: Cork, Ireland
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5:52 pm Dec 22, 2009

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Originally posted by kmcecelia
I emailed the seller and she graciously agreed to send me another piece (as a gift!).

Kathleen


Kathleen,

How reassuring to find a retailer so accommodating. It will be a great relief to you to get what you want without having unending hassle.

Happy Christmas everyone, and don't let all the boring stuff like cooking, housework, etc., get in the way of some nice peaceful stitching.

Gill Stitching Very Happy Stitching
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