This is where she was last time I showed you....
And this is her today....
You can see at the top where I had to unpick. I had miscounted and left four rows instead of five. Grrr! That's what happens when you watch tv while stitching! Most of the colours came out without any problem but the red has left that noticeable mark on the fabric, but I'm sure it will not be seen when re-stitched - with the correct colour in the correct place!
The love that I was beginning to feel for this design is now starting to wane again! Poor unloved Geisha!
So that was the tale of the frogs, but what of the superstitions?
Everyone tells me how superstitious a nation Scotland is, but I never really thought so until my daughter got a book of superstitions from the library. Flicking through it, I found myself nodding in agreement about lots of the articles and thinking things like "Oh, I remember my Granny doing that....oh, wait a minute, I do that too!". You know the type of thing like throwing salt over your shoulder if you spill it, not putting new shoes on the table etc. Well I came across some superstitions about scissors which I thought were very interesting, since as stitchers, scissors are something we can't do without! So here are the 'highlights'....
- Scissors have protective powers since they are made from steel.
- Always exchange a small coin in exchange when receiving scissors from a friend, otherwise the friendship will be severed. (In Scotland it has to be a silver coin)
- If the coin is refused, bad luck will follow.
- It is bad luck to drop a pair of scissors (that would probably explain the visit from the frogs!!!) especially if they are picked up by the person who dropped them.
- Scissors should not be used on New Year's day
- If the scissors fall point downwards then a death will follow.
- A pair of scissors opened in the form of a cross and laid over the doorstep would prevent entry from witches (wonder if it would stop frogs?!!)
Until next time...happy stitching!