Friday, January 28, 2011


...a finish!

So here’s the German Shepherd finally finished.

The backstitching  was something I really wasn’t looking forward to doing and actually put off doing for a couple of nights. Then I got annoyed with having something so close to being finished just laying around, so last night decided to get on with it. And wouldn’t you know, it was sooo easy.  There are a couple of white french knots at the eyes and another one on the nose that were supposed to be done in two strands of thread but I thought they would look too big and bulky done with two strands, so I very carefully did them with one strand and I think it came out just right. There’s only one thing that I might change and I didn’t notice it until I looked at the picture (it’s ok, you can go back and have a nosey at the picture and see if you can find the mistake!) When I stitched the name ‘Aquila  I forgot the little tail part of the U so it looks more like a V. I think the brain just knows that a U would follow a Q so reads it as a U. Anyway, these little things really annoy me so I will have to change it! Ah, the curse of being a perfectionist!

Not much to tell you today, so I will leave you with this amusing little song that I shamelessly copied from one of the cross stitch forums.

The Stitcher's Song
(to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad")

Hi, my name is _______ and I'm glad you're here today.
I'm a stitchaholic, and I live from day to day.
I can't control my habit -- supplies just pile up on the shelf!
All I do is pass a shop, and that car turns by itself!

Oh, I'm a stitchaholic with too many UFO's...
I've tried to kick the habit time and again, God knows.
DH says he'll leave me if the pile gets too much worse,
But I'm gonna try to take em with me in that big black hearse.

I go in the shop for just one skein, and boy, I think I can!
I pass the new releases rack and ignore the new Just Nan.
I get into the thread boxes... and see the sampler wall...
I run out with an Emie Bishop, fabric, threads and all!


I sneak my stuff into the house as quiet as can be,
I wait until DH is napping or watching the old TV.
And when it's time to bring it out and stitch with it, I say,
"Oh, this old thing? I've had it forever and a day!"


I sit and stitch and watch TV -- well, listen more than watch.
DH tells me what I miss and doesn't complain too much.
And when it's time to go to bed, he turns out all the lights --
He doesn't believe "just one more stitch" before I say goodnight!


I finished up a project -- it's framed and on the wall!
Now I can start another one -- or two more, if they're small!
I go through all my charts to pick and end up with a pile --
I've got so many UFO's, you'd think I'm an Xenophile!


I'm a charter member of the HUGE Stash Society --
I've got a stash so big that I can't find my Christmas tree!
She who dies with the most stuff is dead, and that's a fact!
Now, where's the sale, when does it start? I'll be in line for that!


Now, does that sound like anyone you know?!!!

Until next time…happy stitching.



Ziggyeor said...

I love that song! So true. At least I can't buy too much to sneak back in!

Rowyn said...

What a great finish. When I was at the vet the other day a German Shepherd stood on me in the waiting room... he was huge, but beautiful.

Marlene said...

Love the song and your stitching looks great.

Raven/Missy said...

The german shepherd looks great! I love that song, thanks for sharing!