Saturday, March 26, 2011

Forge ahead or...

Forget it? Still cannot add that word "frog" to my vocabulary, which after reading various blogs, is what so many of you do...spend time "frogging" when off a stitch or two. I don't know, is it really necessary? Always having been one to "compensate" (now that's a word), I question to continue on with some of my projects or just rip out. In picking up some of these older pieces from the basket, I realize how they landed there...wrong threads, off a stitch or two...just mistakes too numerous to mention.

I was unable to find all the required threads for Primitivebettys' "1836 Spring Tyme" sampler and asked for her advice. She assured me it was fine to use any threads I had on hand. Wonder if I should have asked about the error in placement?


And then there's "Ann Carter" by The Scarlet Letter....I hate to think how many years she's been in that basket! Lost silk thread, way off on row after row, from alphabet to motifs. What to do?
Any words of wisdom...appreciated.

16 comments:

Jennie Lynn @ Appleseed Prim said...
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Jennie Lynn @ Appleseed Prim said...

I hate taking out stitches and actually prefer to start over completely. I've taken out perfectly fine stitches just because I didn't like the way they looked. I'm a bit of a perfectionist. But if the mistake isn't too bad, why not let it lie? An act of humility, accepting imperfection, embracing what is unique? Things I haven't been entirely successful at yet, but something I strive for :)

Andrea said...

Well, I only frog stuff if there's no way I can compensate around it. OR, if I know it'll really bug me in the long run. The beautiful stitching you show in this post...I'm not seeing where it's off ;) Just carry on and enjoy working on them. Sometimes I remind myself that women and girls 100 years ago, used what they had, in the time they had it, to create the gorgeous stitching that they did...

xox

Siobhan said...

Yep, what Andrea said!! My friend Elaine, God rest her soul, used to say that if a man on a galloping horse couldn't spot the mistake, she'd leave it in. If I can work around it, it stays.

primitivebettys said...

I think both are looking beautiful! Keep stitching! :)

Dora said...

When I was stitching a large sampler not too long ago, I made a few mistakes. I said to myself that I would go back and correct them "later." Well, when I was ready to do that, I couldn't find the mistakes!! They are there but now "invisible" to the eye. Keep stitching...I love the design from primitivebettys.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Time should be spent stitching, not unstitching. If you can find a way to compensate I would go for it. I really see nothing wrong with the two pieces you've included in this post.

kcjewel said...

I like this and finally get to see it. Can you get more floss of SL??

mainely stitching said...

Looks to me like primitivebetty's design can be adapted without problem. The Scarlet Letter piece ... maybe you could make up a way to finish off the top bit, cut it down, and make it into a pretty fragment piece? I did this with a troublesome Quaker awhile back. ;)

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Dona said...

What Siobhan and Andrea said! Both of your pieces are so pretty that I hope you find a way with them!

Sometimes I abandon a piece that has errors I can't work around, sometimes I take the stitches, and sometimes I start over. It depends how I feel about the piece!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Both of your needlework pieces are lovely! Carry on with a joyful heart.

Peaceful stitching...

Kimmie said...

I only frog if I catch it in time. LOL.

My Cottage Garden Fairy has a funky spot at the top of her skirt but I honestly don't think anyone will notice. :0)

Hope you can find a fix for your "no frogs, please".

Nancy said...

Since I never have any shortage of projects; I'd just put it back in the basket for a time when I feel like a "real" decision-maker. :-) (My grandmother used to use that galloping horse phrase: She'd say, "It'll never be noticed on a galloping horse." She was a wise old lady.)

ohiofarmgirl said...

Stitch for fun..stitch for pleasure...don't stitch to be perfect...lol they are wonderful...keep going, no one will notice. Dianntha

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

I think they both look really great.
Maybe for the A. Carter piece you could add the girl's age. Make it look like it was her first sampler.
I love young girls samplers.
Either way the are too pretty not to keep going.
~Nan