run for the glory! (stitch enigma intro & rules)

with only 14 days to go before the games begin, it’s time I explain how this year’s enigma is going to work :)

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Hello! and Welcome to the third stitch enigma!

Every year to celebrate my blogaversary, I don’t host a regular drawing; that’s kind of boring and not enough time consuming, really. ;)

The thing is, why rewarding some random reader when you can make them struggle, and guess, and fight for the prize in a sort of Game of Thrones for needleworkers?! ok, that’s a tad too much, but you get the general idea.

What I like to do is prepare a fun game I call stitch enigma, and whoever solves it gets of course all the GLORY, plus a fancy needlework prize. ;)

There have been previous enigmas (or enigmata, that’s another plural for enigma) with two or more prizes, but this year there can only be one, in a Highlander kind of way (honestly, I’ve never watched GOT but I had an insane crush for Christopher Lambert while growing up).

Mainly because I should hate to be predictable, but also because I felt it was time to spice up things, I decided to split this enigma’s final clue into sections.

This year you will have to solve puzzles, riddles, codes, identify a mysterious piece, .. five different games available to download as a PDF every Friday starting on May 1st, the day of my third blogaversary.

Each week there will be a new file to download as a PDF, and once you complete the game featured in it, there will be intructions as to what to do with the portion of the final clue you just obtained.

Everyone can join at any time, from anywhere in the world. You don’t have to be reading this before May 1st to participate; open up as many files as there are available at the moment you’re reading and get down to work! But remember, in order to win the needlework prize you have to be the first person to post the correct answer to the final clue, and because that final clue will be obtained game after game I strongly recommend you follow my blog via email (which is also required to participate) so that you’ll get an instant notification of a new blog post every Friday.

You can talk to your friends about this (actually that would be really nice of you), share snaps of you ready to work on the puzzles, post about this in your favourite Facebook Groups, etc. but please don’t post or share the answers.

Don’t be a party pooper, let’s keep this fun for everyone!

Also another NO NO is sharing the five PDF via email or in any sort of way. You can write about this, talk about this, show you about to work on one of the games next to a good cup of tea, and add a link to my blog – your friends can access the file and download it for themselves.

If you have any questions, doubts or comments I would be really pleased to hear from you, just drop me a line using the Contact me form or by adding a comment to one of my posts. You can also find me on Instagram (@nexthursday) and Facebook (Taras BaBa), but the safest way to get to me is always the blog, I’m hardly ever on FB and comments on IG can easily go unnoticed.

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what do you say? makes sense? ;)

oh and I forgot to mention! :) the prize this year will consist of:

  • a set of 20 half-skeins of Nina’s Threads that I personally chose out of my favourite shades (now these are brand new skeins, I’m not cutting my skeins in half for you guys :P )
  • three small cuts of her hand dyed linens in 36ct., two of these being one of a kind colours (all I’m going to say’s that one is purple, a freaking awesome royal purple)
  • and then Nina generously decided to offer 8 of her silk threads at her own expense! how cool is that?! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

all you need to do to participate is:

  • be a follower of this blog via email <— handy button on the left
  • tell your friends that you’re going to take part in this adding a link to my blog. you can also use the downloadable widget, a snap of you working on one of the games, your puzzled face with one of the clues tattooed on it, whatever! :P you can blab about this as long and as many times as you want, the best of you might even get an extra hint or something incase they get stuck, who knows! :D
  • download each of the five PDF and solve the games ;)
  • the first one who posts the correct answer to the final clue wins the super duper prize! :)

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if you have questions you can write me anytime, I hope you’re as thrilled as I am because I am going NUTS! :D but then again, I’ve been writing riddles until late last night.

enjoy the weekend and the hermitting! I’ll be working on the secret stitching! ;)

ciao! chiara

STITCH ENIGMA ’15

with only a couple of weeks left before this year’s games begin, I can tell you, the air here is filled with excitement! every day I’m working on sketches, ideas, clues, .. it’s going to be the best one yet, I’m sure!

stitch enigma 2015

I don’t want to spoil you the surprise, but I will tell you this: there’ll be one game every week starting on my

🎉 THIRD BLOGAVERSARY, MAY 1st 🎉

each of the five games gives you a part of the final clue, so by the end of the month we’ll have a winner of a fancy needlework prize and, of course, THE GLORY!! :D

I’ll explain everything in due course, just keep your printer ready because this time you’re going to need it! :P

make sure you follow this blog by email <— see handy button on the left  and share this widget on your blog/Facebook/Instagram/FlossTube/whatever adding a link to this blog

stitch enigma 15 widget

stay tuned! ciao!

chiara

April stitching goals

well aware of the lameness of my previous post, let me make it up to you by writing a monthly goals recap. how exciting! :P

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March stitching goals:

  • finish L*K‘s ’13 mystery Holly & Hearts (2nd part started)  —> 🔘 NO :(
  • stitch I Love My Home by Little House Needleworks in order to use the last space in the linen band I prepared for the L*K H&H ornaments assuming there would be three —> ☑️ YES!  :D
  • stitch the third part of Story Time Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, Sherlock Holmes + stitch all the frames (-1 for every row, colour check needed) —> 🔘 NO :(
  • start and finish Alice in Wonderland by SODA Stitch + stitch some sections separately to make a matching scissor fob & pincushion  —> ☑️ YES! sort of  :D
  • finish sewing the Downton Abbey duvet cover —> 🔘 NO :(

what happened was that I stitched Alice and would have finished her if I hadn’t got carried away with the scissor fob armada and the new, HD Alice. so for the next month I’m narrowing things down to a couple of things; let’s see if I manage to mess it up anyways. ;)

April stitching goals:

  • finish Alice in Wonderland by SODA Stitch using solid DMC threads
  • stitch the remaining scissor fobs in the scissor fob armada using Mo’s Sale hand dyed threads (I have room for 2 and 1/2 more)
  • stitch the 3rd and 4th part of Story Time Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, Sherlock Holmes and Wizard of Oz
  • work on whatever Garrett and I decide to do with our SODAs SAL
  • in case we decide to postpone this to next month, finish L*K‘s ’13 mystery Holly & Hearts (2nd part started)

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last but not least, if you haven’t checked it out yet, tune in for Jocondine‘s blog to travel around France with her beautiful drawings and clever clues every week to guess our next destination. I’m having a BLAST! :) ❤️

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and don’t forget to take your potassium and vitamins because another clue marathon’s on the horizon: our yearly stitch enigma is only weeks away! see you soon! :D

chiara

the A-I-O post

I promised myself it wouldn’t happen again but, alas, here we are: weeks late for a bunch of updates with a fat lot of catching up to do. bear with me, it’s going to be a long post.

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  • the TUSAL update. let’s get this one out of the way first. :)

TUSAL update 3/15

as you can see I used a lot of DMC solids in the past month, then a bunch of Nina’s hand dyed (reason for this coming up later – wait for it if you’re an Alice subscriber ;) ) and very recently Mo’s Sale hand dyed threads.

stash 3/15

now trying out her threads was a first time for me, and I’m positively surprised with the outcome.  have a plan for them and because some of you asked for suggestions on how to employ such highly variegated threads I will write a specific How-To post about this type of hand dyed. in the meantime I can show you what I’m currently using them for :)

remember when I said I had a 40ct. white linen band sewn onto my dowels that would fit SODA’s Alice, another of those square fairy tales and a bunch of scissor fobs stitched using portions of said charts? well, that’s what’s happening, more or less, because..

  • WIP update & 2015 SMALLS SAL update

A. there’s Alice in Wonderland at the top of that linen band alright, and it’s very close to being finished. a few more backstitch parties will be held before this gets official, as you can see:

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

B. beneath this there’s another of those square SODAs, but it’s not what I thought there would be when I prepared the linen band. no Snow White, folks, but another (much more personal) version of the same Alice :D and (another diversion from the plan) it’s not stitched with the DMC solids I had envisioned, it’s all hand dyed! classic me! :D

now this deserves an explanation, especially for those people interested in stitching their own Alice – which I decided to name “Alice subscribers” ;) . so, there I was  one night, very close to finishing the first Alice (“solid Alice”) dreaming of starting another Alice with the thread options I had come up with, when the prospect of stash diving into my DMC threads hit me with a wave of stress. goodness gracious, the dangers untold and hardships unnumbered of getting to them, unboxing the folders, then having to put them back beneath the pile of other stuff, and then having a zillion of DMC arcs hanging around randomly.

I’m not used to dealing with that kind of mess anymore – not to mention, if I got a shade wrong it’d be stash diving all over again. nightmare. and that’s when it dawned to me.. what if I used my usual, go-to, hand dyed threads? I’m much more familiar with picking colours out of that range, I’ve been doing that for the past 3 years! — so that’s how the idea sparkled, and at that point it was already too late to go back: the following day I was working on a second Cheshire Cat in Nina’s Threads :D

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

there was a bit of frogging on this one as well (shortly after taking this snap) because while choosing pinks for the roses I realised I hadn’t used the perfect purple for him. 😬 anyways, I’m coming up with a hand dyed thread list for this second Alice (“hand dyed Alice”) and if someone’s interested in knowing what I used just let me know and I’ll write down a list for you. :)

the good news is that SODAs feature frequently the same set of pinks or greens or blues, so once I’ve picked thread colours for those shades I won’t have to make that choice again — unless I jump into a colour drama vortex again 😜.

the idea is to work on “solid Alice” and finish her ASAP, while “hand dyed Alice” will have to wait because last night my friend Garrett/Coffee Stitcher came up with a fantastic plan for us [more on this later].

C. at the very bottom of that linen band are some scissor fobs I’m stitching with Mo’s threads. now, this is going to be a scissor fob armada built using the same motif stitched in a variety of colours.

I started with the Frozen skeins Searching for Elsa and Coronation, now I’ve moved on to the main reason I placed an order for Mo’s threads in the first place, Hades (whoa. is my hair out?). :D

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first side of the Searching for Elsa scissor fob

Searching for Elsa scissor fob

Searching for Elsa scissor fob finished, moving on with the Coronation version.

Searching for Elsa and Coronation scissor fobs

two scissor Frozen fobs under the belt. can you spot the bit I forgot to stitch and noticed only after posting this snap? :P

the motif I’m using for these squares is a traditional star/flower surrounded by three sets of borders. I adapted this idea from a free bookmark chart by Whispered By the Wind, which can be found here (it’s called bookmark 2).

each one measures only 3 x 3 cm (1.2”) on 40ct. which makes it the perfect size for a nice, tiny scissor fob.

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I have to end this boring, super lame post that I’m really unhappy with – and since these rambles about the past month were the best I could master, I’m sorry but I’m not writing it all over again. if this is my best, imagine how worse it would go with another edit! argh!

Taras 3/15

sorry, not impressed.

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see you soon for the monthly goals update, and later clarification on what’s happening with HD Alice aka what-Garrett-and-I-are-doing-with-the-SODAs.

enjoy the holiday weekend! ciao!

chiara

a backstitch party

IHSW officially started yesterday, Taras and I wish you Happy Hermitting!

Taras 3/15

he’s not too happy about the rainy weekend ahead of us, but I on the other hand can use the time to have a backstitch party on Alice ;)

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

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have a good one! ciao!

chiara

the How To series – Chapter one: an introduction and kitting up with solids

for a really long time I’ve been a solitary stitcher. I didn’t know anybody around me who liked doing it, or even knew how to, so I sticked pretty much to myself. I taught myself how to do most of it, I found my way of kitting up stuff, of storing it, dealing with multiple WIPs, etc. and because this was all pre-internet and blogs boom, I never got anyone’s input or suggestions, which frequently lead to a trial-and-error learning process, which results I then started sharing with the stitching friends I made in the last few years. blessed be the blogosphere! :D

through the years I met all sorts of stitchers, and one thing is certain: nothing that works for me is guaranteed to work for you; actually nothing that works for me is guaranteed to still work for me in the future, as I learnt from my own personal experience. 😬 for instance, for many years I enjoyed stitching on an old armchair using a floor stand and Q-snaps; I really liked them and went through a couple of brands before finding one that suited my taste (lightweight, sturdy, and adjustable to different sizes).

as time went by I found it became a. very uncomfortable for my back and b. very annoying when it was time to re-position the clamps, which no matter what I used always ended up flattening a bit my stitching and with me being me, that wasn’t a suitable option (bear in mind that I live with OCD). another very tedious aspect for me with Q-Snaps was the straightening of the fabric after the clamps went in: in order to keep it even and regular I had to adjust the tension while leaving it symmetric, otherwise the stitching would have been distorted, or would distort the evenness of the fabric, which is a road I would rather not walk (mind there are ways to fix this, but they involve having your piece soak wet and pinned voodoo-style: time consuming but most importantly dangerous if your threads are not colourfast, and who knows with kits, right?).

there are a couple of my oldest WIPs which either suffer from this problem, or would have, had I kept on working on them the way I was – so after a long, very rewarding relationship, Q-Snaps and I broke up in 2010. ;)

I still have them, and might even give my input on the brands I have tried. I just don’t know if that would make for an interesting read so I’ll just wait for someone to ask about my older ways and epic fails. :P

now that we’re clear on there’s no right or wrong in stitching, there’s what works for me and what works for you, which sometimes match, and sometimes go very separate ways and there’s nothing wrong with this, I can start with today’s topic: kitting up a project with solid threads.

my modus operandi (which is latin for “the way I do something”, I’m no needlework serial killer :D ) in this case is very different from kitting up something with hand dyed threads, in fact even the stitching process changes completely, but this will become clear once I show you how I work with hand dyed.

  • first of all, when I decide to go with solid threads (either cotton or silks) I take out my chart, look at the model on the cover, compare it with the threads listed in the thread key and make the most important decision: going with the called for colours or not. the answers is 99.9% of the times 👎, which makes the next steps always fun, but sometimes tricky.

in order to compare the called for threads with the ones on the cover, I never take out my actual stash: that is way too much time consuming, not to mention I might not have all the threads, or might need mixed shades, and most importantly my stash sorted by code number doesn’t give me an immediate glimpse of the entire colour palette for let’s say greens for that specific brand. that’s what a colour card is for.

of course one cannot buy a colour card for each thread brand on the market, that would be insane (but then again every stitcher looks a tad insane in the eyes of a non-stitcher, so we ought to keep the sanity issue at a distance 😜), impossible (some brands don’t even produce colour cards), and at any rate expensive. because I have decided in the past that my main cotton solid stash was going to consist of DMC threads, and my main silk solids were going to be NPI (Needle Point Ink), I got those two colour charts – one bought, the other was very luckily gifted to me – and adopted a different method for other thread brands.

DMC colour card

what a colour card offers is a sample of each colour in production at the time that colour card is made, arranged by colour tone. in the case of DMC, there is more than one colour card because they produce A LOT of different types of threads: embroidery threads, tapestry wools, Perlé, cotton Mouliné, linen Mouliné, all sorts of synthetics, light effects, metallics, etc. so according to your needlework interests you might need one or more colour cards.

I bought the one I have in 2010, and as it states on the back it was made in 2009 so all the info about the products featured in it can now be outdated or incomplete, but despite the raging factor, for me it surly means easy and fast colour choices when it comes to Mouliné.

DMC colour card

  • what I do is I focus on a specific colour on the chart, take a note about the code/symbol, look for it on the cover model, search for a shade that I like better on the colour card and start building my conversion. this process is not quick and easy, it makes time and good daylight so I suggest doing it in the morning, after you had coffee :D and it won’t be definitive, as you might find that once you start stitching with a shade that looked to well on the skein, it doesn’t stitch up the way you envisioned it would: it’s again trial and error here; some people like it, some don’t.

I personally love the process of having something very clear in my mind and then trying to translate it onto fabric, but it can be very stressful at times. as a matter of fact, I decided to stitch some of the SODA patterns as a break from colour-madness thinking they would be easy breezy: get the threads on the list + stitch = get the piece on the cover. nope. colour madness sticks to me like super glue. :D

  • after choosing my set of colours I use the list and compare it to my DMC thread list. I got this table as a PDF from DMC in 2009, it’s called “DMC Corresponding Colours” and it suits multiple purposes as it lists all the DMC Mouliné shades produced up until then + gives the closest shade of that particular colour in Perlé, wool, etc.

this comes very handy when it comes to finish-finish a project because I often use Perlé or wool (Laine Colbert) in this process, and knowing that the colour I used will match almost perfectly the finishing material is very time & money saving (win win) and I only get the Perlé or wools colours I actually need – which saves a lot of storage space too. :)

DMC thread list

  •  I highlighted every new DMC code when I got it, so I can tell you I’m missing 79 colours and then I will have the entire range of DMC Mouliné threads – not that I’m working towards that, on the contrary I’m trying to use up the ones that I have! :) in fact I’m running out of some tones, have only half skeins of others, and possess an insane amount of #666 skeins that I fear I’ll never find use for
  • at this point I actually take out of my stash the listed colours that I have and purchase the ones I don’t; when I finally gather all that I need, I decide to either start stitching directly or make a small doodle cloth test, this depends on how big the project is.

if the piece I’ll work on is not that big and I feel quite confident about my colour choices I don’t go through the doodle process, if on the other hand I need to test how specific shades will work (the skin tones can be especially tricky) I stitch a few square blocks one next to the other to see how they work together. this can save you a lot of unhappy frogging and thread waste, so according to the size and magnitude of the project it might be worth taking the time to make this step or not.

  • finally I start working on the project, and if I happen to have to frog a section because I made a mistake or picked a colour I would like to substitute, I use the handy tools I showed you together with the colour card: sharp, pointed scissors and a textile tweezer.

everyone has his/her favourite cutting scissors: I have a pair that I use only for fabrics, one for Hardanger, one that I use to cut entire 6 strands lengths, one for clipping ends when doing regular stitching and for cutting stitches I have to frog.

  • when I have to frog a certain section I make sure I cut as many stitches as possible, both on the front and back, without damaging the areas around them or the fabric of course. I use one tip of the scissors to raise the thread only slightly, making sure I’m not picking up a fabric thread, and then I clip. I make many many many many many many many many many cuts like this one. I don’t unravel the stitches until I’m almost next to the point where I’ll actually need that thread length to secure the stitches that are going to stay (if there are any, if there aren’t I just cut it all). next I pick up the debris with the tweezers rather than undoing every stitch with my needle: first otherwise you can actually bend you needle, but most importantly this leaves the holes in the fabric as close as possible, so once you get back to them, if they won’t be covered by anything they will close nicely with a gentle push of your needle and the frogged area will be as invisible as possible, if they’ll get covered by other stitches you won’t get giant holes between those stitches because the fabric underneath remained as intact as it could be.
  • another trick I use is adhesive tape to remove the hairy fuzz that is left on the fabric after frogging. it’s quick, works really well and it only takes a few straps. on the other hand this type of frogging is tedious and more time consuming than going Rambo with your needle :D

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ok, I think this is enough rambling for today. if you have further questions just add them in the comments. see you soon!

chiara

holding two papers with one stone

a delayed GiGi update and my reflections on the thread keys for SODA’s Alice in Wonderland

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first of all I have to thank both the old & the new friends and followers that joined since the beginning of the year. it is so nice to see you stop by, read your thoughts in the comments & emails – you always put a smile on my face and help a lot with your input, so thank you so much for the time and care, I never thank you as much as I should. ❤️💐

secondly, I have to apologize to Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching because I’m two days late with the GiGi update – sorry Jo! but here it is! :)

Jo’s running a lovely monthly SAL called Gifted Gorgeousness and if you don’t know about it already you should really check it out – it’s impressive how giving our friends in the stitching world can be (and I must say I sometimes feel bad about myself and the little Scrooge in me ;) )

now, because the project I promised to write you about is mostly stitched with threads that were gifted to me by my Grandmama I’ll hold two papers with one stone (I really don’t fancy killing birds, nor flying sheets of paper, to be honest) and talk about SODA Stitch‘s Alice in Wonderland.

my experience at this point is not bad at all, I’m actually very pleased with mine, but because some of you might be interested in stitching your own and knowing more about a project is always better than knowing less (especially if you know more before buying the supplies, not to mention start stitching), I’m just giving you a recap of what happened to me and my thoughts about it. :)

when I fell in love with this project a year ago I googled it to see how other stitchers had worked on it (see their WIP pictures, decide if using a higher count would work, pick a good fabric for it, etc.); unfortunately all the pictures and blogs I found never mentioned what brand of threads they were using, even the pictures of the bobbins didn’t have numbers on them or were turned the other way, but they always look consistent – and because many of these people were either French or American, I just assumed they were using DMC (which is the first option listed in the thread key, a contributing factor to my wrong assumption).

of course now we know I was wrong (better late than never! 😬 ). I can only assume they used either Anchor or Yeiman threads (the other two options in the colour key), at this point I have no idea – but I emailed Chibi Stitches, the official European reseller to know if they know which threads are used for the SODA models – if I hear from them I’ll let you know. the point is there is a discrepancy between the shades in the model and the DMC listed, it’s very clear in the picture I posted in my previous post, especially if you look at the greens, the pinks, and the main light blue in the lace border.

SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

this is a detail of the cover for the Alice in Wonderland pattern: the greens shown are very subtle and delicate, the light blue is a baby blue, the medium pink in the roses is a fuchsia, whereas the DMC loose thread I laid on it as an example is an entirely different kind of pink. there are strong, bright colours here as well, especially the orange in the mushrooms, but if you compare it with the DMC listed it is not the same highlighter kind of orange.

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

here you can see the bit of stitching I made last week: the greens used for the DMC version are much brighter, the browns are different too, but all in all they look really nice, different, but nice. the pink is the shade that became problematic for me as I really don’t like that particular shade of pink.

I must say, it is not a bad combination of colours at all. one could go with it and find it exquisite, just like many of you said in the comments to my previous post, when I was asking about suggestions: they look really nice together (to some they even look better, and they would be rightful in thinking so) but if you’ve fallen in love with the piece on the cover, and want that delicate range of shades – the DMC listed in the thread key won’t give you that look.

they are far more bright and strong, sometimes they clash together rather than blend, and as it often happens with stitching it all comes down to your personal taste. I must say that once I add the backstitch to each section the piece makes a lot more sense, and most of the highlighter kind of tones form a really nice, tridimensional effect, but if you don’t fancy very strong, bright colours, or if you’re looking for what some of you very effectively described as a watercolour effect, you can’t use all the called for DMC.

now, had I known this before actually taking out the threads that I needed from my stash, and buying the ones I was missing, things would have gone differently. I would have taken out my DMC thread card, picked the tones I found closer to the piece on the cover, and that would be it – but because I had actually bought some of the threads, and had many of my DMC buried in that mess that is some my current stash, and realised about the discrepancy along the way, I had to deal with a WIP rather than a fresh start so here is what I decided to do last week.

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

from top to bottom, you see 1. where I had got to when the colour drama hit the fan 2. all I decided I had to frog and went away 😭 and 3. the re-stitched portion with some new shades in.

because frogging backstitched areas is a royal pain in the ass, and it leaves a lot of fuzzy threads, I actually had to frog the lower portion of the Cheshire Cat even though I didn’t change the lilacs; same goes for a bit of the light brown: I didn’t change that but by the time I had frogged those areas the stitches looked so ruffled and hairy I simply had to take them out and do them again.

I was lucky enough to have a bundle of DMC random new skeins in a zip bag that hadn’t been buried with my major DMC stash, which came with the wooden box I got in July ’13 and they turned out to be life (and time!) savers 😅

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one of the pinks in this bag turned out to be a pretty darn good match to the dark pink/red listed and I must say I’m really pleased with the way it blends in, you can see it in the previous picture (in the bottom section), and also in the following snaps which I took in the past week.

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

once the backstitch goes in, that strong, heavy orange doesn’t bother me as much as it does while stitching with it ;)

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

hello, little chap!

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

I don’t know if you can tell by looking at the needle minder next to it, but this piece won’t turn out bigger than my own hand :)

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as you can see I made some progress (I also lost my stitching mojo for a couple of days in between and, luckily, recovered from it), and basically compromised with what I had: I changed the dark brown, the dark purple, the medium and the light pink.

because some of you liked my colour choices, I wrote a PDF which includes the colours I’m using in this version (referred as option 1), the ones I would use in a second version I might stitch upon completing this one, and additional interesting colour sets that I found inspiring when writing this file.

colour options for Soda’s Alice in Wonderland <— click on the link here :)

by all means, if you have questions or doubts when deciding which threads to use or even buy for this piece, just contact me using the form in the contact me page, I would be happy to give you my opinion and thoughts about it. :)

I just wish I had learnt about this colour discrepancy before, so anything I can do to prevent others from unhappy frogging sessions will be a pleasure for me :)

as of this afternoon this is what my Alice in Wonderland looks like:

WIP - SODA Stitch - Alice in Wonderland

this is already an outdated snap as I managed to add eyes and shoulders, a bit of dress, etc.

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all in all I cannot say that I’m head over heels about some tones, but they look more than alright once put together, and I wasn’t going to kit this up all over again anyways so I think I made the best out of it. on the other hand, as my friend Jo suggested, I might end up stitching it twice and gift this one to her :D we shall see!

what I had planned was to stitch a matching pincushion and scissor fob using portions of the main chart, so I might play with those colour palettes before stitching the entire piece again. I’m still not sure. one thing is certain, it is a very fast stitching so it won’t be too much work after all. 😅

another bit of info to those interested: in my opinion coverage when working on 40ct. using 1 ply of thread over 2 works just as fine as using 2 plies on 32ct. – even the backstitched details look alright and not too dense, although I would have liked to try those rose petals in a darker red rather than black but at that point I was so focused on catching up after the frogs that I decided not to spend any more time on that unlucky section.

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after being asked to do a few “how to” posts about how I do this and that, I’m planning to finally start working on them, so if you have any questions about anything stitch related, from hand dyed usage, to how do you kit up stuff, or anything else – just drop me a line in a comment. I have been stitching for so many years now I wouldn’t know what to write about, and your questions would make such a great place to start :)

Taras just jumped on the keyboard and typed: saaz<z\\\\\

I’m sure it’s Cat for “ciao!” – it’s either that or “what about dinner, uh?” :D

Taras 3/15

see you next time! ciao!

chiara