Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I am actually quite bad at crafts...

This is the progress thus far on my wisteria piece, but of course it's too early and scattered to be a clear image. It looks like a strange map at the moment.

I know what you're supposed to do is put basting stitching around a square and stitch everything within that square. I'm sure that helps cut down on fatal mistakes that require you to unpick hundreds of stitches.

Really I'm just no good at crafts. I never glanced at a cross-stitch book (or embroidery book really, except to look up how to do fancy stitches). There was some Aida around, so I started stitching without even drafting a pattern.

Right now I'm thinking that after I finish my chintz napkin I'll go back to my long-neglected Frida Kahlo piece. I do miss doing non-counted embroidery, but I have to spend so much time drafting and stitching patterns to sell in my Etsy store. Even now I'm working on a pattern using another Terry Pratchett quote: ("Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.")
Apartment inspections are next Monday, so I'll probably be doing less stitching than usual this week. C'est la vie!


  1. I know exactly what you mean - I always just jump in head first (and often regret it a little later on!)

  2. I never did any basted squares on my projects until the one I'm doing now (which is very huge). No reason you should feel obliged to work square by square. This stitching really looks beautiful and it will take shape eventually. But the most important thing about craft is that you enjoy what you are doing! If the Frida Kahlo piece is calling you, you'd better listen and obey:-) Have a nice week!

    1. Oh I enjoy all of it, I mostly just feel guilty about leaving Frida for so long. She's one of those pieces where I have the exact image in my head, which makes me hesitant to stitch, since I may not be able to match what I see in my head.