Sometimes when we try something new it doesn't go at all how we had envisioned it & that can either be a blessing in disguise or put us off ever trying that thing again (well at least that's how it works with me!). About seven years ago I saw a cross stitch magazine with a free cover gift that I instantly knew would make a perfect gift for my grandmother whose birthday was coming up. I couldn't wait to get the magazine home, get the other materials required & get started. The project called for 18 count aida which I had never used before, but I had been stitching on & off for years by then & I didn't think anything of it. Well - I HATED it! The stitched areas were very small but it took me a disproportionate amount of time to do & I couldn't wait to get it finished & get rid of it!
My grandmother loved them so the struggles were worth it & the rest of the 18 count fabric was promptly relegated to the bottom of my fabric stash.
Earlier this week a chart in a magazine caught my eye, it was stitched on 18 count & initially I had thought I would just substitute 16 count, but I have been having a bit of a tidy & a sort through some of my craft supplies & saw the 18 count lurking. I really should make a decision about it's fate instead of simply ignoring it - rehome it with a crafty friend or have another try? The chart was pretty small so I figured I would give it a go & if I still couldn't get on with it I would rehome the fabric & stitch the design on 16 count. So Thursday night I gathered what I would need & settled down to make a rather apprehensive start. In the last seven years as the children have gotten older my personal crafting time has increased dramatically, both the quantity & variety of stitching projects I have tackled has grown, & a few years ago my wonderful hubbie bought me a daylight lamp :-) It's a clip on one with a flexible neck so I can get it exactly where I want it & it was instantly a huge improvement over the daylight bulb in a floor lamp arrangement I used before. Probably due to a combination of these things I found myself working on the 18 count waiting for the other shoe to drop. You know that expression? The 18 count was definitely visibly smaller than the 14 count I had been working on earlier in the day but it was no problem, in fact I actually started to enjoy it! The design began to emerge finer & with a dainty look about it that I loved & six hours later I was done.
Yesterday I made it into a card for a friend overseas whose second child arrived last weekend, so soon it will begin it's long journey to the Pacific coast.