I had one of those days last week, which turned into one of those weeks...even my stitching seemed to be conspiring against me!
Remember the trouble I had with running out of thread near the end of Simple Treasures? Well, Dimensions kits seem to be my bete noir at the moment! (Oooh, don't I sound posh saying that?!!! I only remember it as it was in a Bryan Ferry song, and I had a huge crush on him when I was younger! Anyhoo, I digress.) So, earlier in the year I had bought a wedding sampler kit to do for a friend, and when I opened the kit the fabric had a rather large and very obvious fault right down the middle! As you can see, the design leaves quite a bit of the fabric un-stitched, so the fault would be seen.
I was a bit annoyed (to say the least!) as kits are not particularly cheap and I expect the contents to be, well... perfect. A quick email to Dimensions had them emailing back that I would have to send the whole kit to their office for them to see the fault in the fabric. I did wonder if it was worth the cost of posting the kit to them as it would probably be almost as cheap to go and buy a roll of aida from the local craft store. I decided to send the kit back to Dimensions so that they could see the faulty fabric and maybe this would prevent it happening again....I can hope anyway!
Sooo, what to work on now? Well, I remembered that I had bought a kit just before Christmas that I was going to stitch as a surprise for my daughter. (It won't be a surprise if she's reading this, though!!!) After trying to remember where I had hidden it... ahem, I mean stored it safely, I was all excited about starting a new project and took everything out the packet to organize all the threads etc and, guess what.....yup, you've guessed it....fabric with such fold marks that even after washing it twice, they still show! I won't repeat what I said about Dimensions kits, but it was something along the lines of 'Oh dear, tut, tut'. (Yeah, sure!)
Luckily I had a roll of dark navy aida in my stash, so I decided to just use that instead of contacting Dimensions, yet again!
Here's the design and my stitching so far....
It's called Twilight Silhouette. Isn't that the most gorgeous design?
I had forgotten just how hard it is to stitch on navy fabric (which is much darker than it appears on the photo!) and also how slow it is stitching, even half stitches, with four or more strands of thread! My fingers are aching! Anyway, I think it will be worth it in the end, as the design is gorgeous and I'm sure my fairytale loving daughter will appreciate all the work.
And since it's TUSAL time again....
here's my jar, but I'm wondering if I forgot to empty it last month as there seems to be sooooo many orts in the jar! Ooops!
I also want to say a quick 'welcome' to my new followers! And also a big thank you to everyone who leaves a comment, they really do mean a lot to me. I'm planning to do loads of blog visits now that my course has finished and that life has returned to normal(ish).
Until next time...happy stitching!