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There’s a curse on my cross stitch
May 30th, 2008

Is it possible for cross stitch to be accursed?

I just finished the large piece I’ve been working on for the past year — “Figure Five in Gold”. I’m not quite sure what I want to start next so I went back to a very small piece that I started last summer for something portable to take traveling. It’s the “Fruit Crate Label” and I have been working it on a hoopFruit Crate Label. I thought I would leave it on the hoop but quickly got annoyed. It’s a very small hoop and there wasn’t as much room as I like for manipulating the needle while anchoring the floss. Since I wasn’t using the scroll frame I put “Fruit Crate” on it.

First of all, I sewed it on crooked so that the fabric wouldn’t tighten. I was anxious to get stitching so I left it that way for one evening. I made 3 stitches of one color, then switched to a color that occurred in several places around the edges of what I had done so far. I did all those stitches and as I was putting the floss back on the bobbin, noticed that it wasn’t the symbol I had been stitching. I had picked up a bobbin, it had the wrong symbol, and I used it anyway. So I got to rip all that out. Net for the day: 3 stitches. The next night I took the piece off the frame and carefully measured and marked so I could put it on straight. I got it very straight, but it still wouldn’t tighten on the left — the hoop had stretched the fabric. And I continue to make mistakes, more mistakes than I’ve ever made stitching. When I’m not actively stitching with the wrong color or in the wrong place with the right color, I’m finding mistakes I made previously. It’s not an especially complicated chart. I just don’t know what’s wrong with it unless it’s a case of demonic posession. Probably if I checked in the middle of the night I would find the scroll frame spinning around on the stand.

4 Responses to “There’s a curse on my cross stitch”
  1. From Rifestitch
    13 years, 4 months ago

    Sounds like it doesn’t want to be worked on right now :) When I have projects like that, I read for a day or two, until the frog storm passes….

    Frog storm! I like that!

  2. From Julie T
    13 years, 4 months ago

    Oh no! That’s one of the SQ patterns I ordered. Remember how the bobbin stickers were wrong? Dare I even start it???

    Actually it’s starting to go better. I think all the mistakes I’m finding now are just stitches I made but didn’t mark on the chart. The pear is coming out beautiful.

  3. From Alanna
    13 years, 4 months ago

    That does sound spooky! Maybe this piece just wasn’t meant to be and it’s trying to tell you to move on to something else… Try getting out your ouija board and asking the spirits what the devil is going on!

  4. From Carolyn McNeil
    13 years, 3 months ago

    It might be possessed. I have a needlepoint project that I have been working for going on 2 years now. I designed a Norman Rockwell painting using the EZ-Grapher program. Once I figured out the program, it took me about 6 months to transfer the painting to the graph for stitching. It took me 3 or 4 attempts to print the design out large enough so that I could SEE the stitches. (Turns out there was a simple box I needed to check in the “print” part of the program – Yikes!) Finally, I was ready to stitch it, but kept losing my place because of the large amount of detail required. At last I came up with the brilliant idea of marking every 10 mesh holes with a light yellow marker. This matched the printed graph exactly so that I am able to concentrate on one square of 10 mesh holes at a time. I am now, after 2 years about 1/8 of the way through it…I am determined to finish this piece!!! Maybe I should bring in a priest to perform an exorcism on it before I continue???

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