I’ve been busy this week working on Winter Rose Manor. I did work on my Sunday Stitch both Sunday and Monday because I was enjoying it so much that I just continued on Monday. So Tuesday I picked this project back up. The first photo is the prior photo I took on Christmas Day.
Since that time I’ve of course stitched, unstitched several areas. First I added to many of the diamond sections of the border down the left side, then one section of border didn’t meet up correctly. Found what I thought was the error and it’s still off one stitch but that’s the way it will stay. So here’s where I left off in the wee hours of this morning when I finally decided maybe I needed some sleep. I was enjoying this stitch so much I just didn’t want to put it down.
I started working on the fence on Thursday night and wanted to get that finished last night and was able to and then really wanted to start on one of the cardinals so got that started. Here’s a close up of that area.
I did change the fence color – it was supposed to be a brown shade but I wanted mine more wrought iron looking but not true black. I found a Victorian Motto floss in the stash called Olde Blacksmith which is a very dark gray – exactly what I was looking for. I started to add the lady cardinal’s wing but her body is stitched in WDW Sage and wing in WDW Putty with the wing appearing as a lighter shade of the body in the cover image. Mine Sage/Putty were too close in color – when I stated the wing you wouldn’t see a difference so ripped that out and in the light of day will find a new color to use for the wing.
I’ve gotten many questions since starting to stitch a year ago about how I stitch and my answer has always been the stab method. This past week or so I’ve been experimenting with sort of a combination of sewing method and stab method. I can’t for the life of me find a video that shows how I do the sewing part but I’m sure I saw it somewhere. All the videos I find are sewing where your needle goes in from top to bottom of a stitch, making a line of tent stiches and then going back and completing them. I always complete each X individually and sewing putting needle in at top to bottom makes my wrist hurt so I shall try to describe what I do.
Working a row from right to left: to get started, I come up in the bottom left of corner of first stitch. I use sewing method to go in at top right of that stitch and out at top left. Then using sewing method again, go in at bottom right and out at left bottom of next stitch I want to complete moving to the left across the row. Now my thread is coming out at bottom left of stitch and I just repeat sewing stitch going in at top right out at top left, etc. across the row.
Part of what I didn’t like about sewing stitch is the need to turn the work around to come back from left to right using sewing method. All that flipping of work just took too much time. So I tried a modified sewing/stab method for the rows where you work left to right without turning the work around.
So when starting left to right, I come up at bottom left of stitch and use the same sewing method of going in at upper right and out at upper left but to complete that stitch by going down into the lower right, I just do the stab method because it would be incredibly awkward to do that in a sewing movement and my wrist would not like trying to use sewing method to go down in the right corner and then come up in the next stitch to the right. So when working left to right I use the stab method to go down in the lower right corner of the stitch I’m working on.
Now this is where my description may get confusing if it isn’t already — on the working left to right across row, when I complete that first stitch using the stab method going down in lower right of stitch, I use stab method to come up in the lower left corner of second stitch to left of where I just completed the stitch (so I skip one stitch and come up in the second one lower left). So now I’m set up to use the regular sewing method to complete the stitch I’m in (in at upper right out at upper left; in at lower right, out at lower left of the stitch I skipped, and complete that “skipped” stitch in sewing method, ending with a stab stitch on the last leg of that stitch). So basically, when working left to right I’m skipping a stitch to work stitch to right of that skipped stitch first and in that way I’m able to do my normal sewing method for two stitches before having to end with a stab stitch, move to next two stitches. Repeat across row. So are you totally confused? 🙂 It works for me and is faster than the stab method but I go back and forth between the two methods depending on my mood and what I’m stitching.
I do still use a hoop when doing this – it helps hold all the excess fabric out of the way and I just don’t pull the fabric quite as taut in the hoop. I do generally use a small (6″ hoop) so that while I’m holding my hoop in my left hand, those fingers underneath the hoop can reach to the area to help the needle go back up to the top in the sewing method. So it kind of depends on the area I’m stitching whether I use the stab method or if I use the modified sewing method but both work well interchangeable in the same project.