My apologies for not doing a post for yesterday. I was so distracted I did not even remember I needed to do one until about 2 PM.
On most other fronts there is some progress. The bath remodel is 99% finished and useable. The new door has arrived but won’t go in for at lest another week. We also know it will only take about 7 days, instead of 6 weeks, to get additional boxes of floor. What we don’t know is if these replacement floors with work with what we have. By everything we can see they should but since we cannot get a sample, we have to order blind. It’s frustrating. But I have at least a hope of having a functional house in a month or so.
On the needlepoint front, some progress was made. I finished the Hershey’s Kiss and made progress on the nativity I showed you last week. Today I am going to finish this Pippin avocado for my DH. I’m going to frame it as a present. The stripes will be one stitch and the seed will be padded.
I have been thinking of stitch guides of late probably because I often find them frustrating. It seems that free stitch guides often are incomplete or poorly laid out. Even if I want to follow the guide often I cannot. Most folks who write stitch guides write them for larger and more complex canvases. I think there is room for guides that are for smaller and simpler canvases. A guide that would be significantly less expensive but that would be laid out like a larger guide. These guides would help stitchers who wanted just a little bit more. Take the avocado, which will be one of these guides, you’ll learn a cool stitch for the stripes, learn the basics of padding (a form of stumpwork), and you’ll learn a way to make one-thread solid lines in needlepoint. At the end you would have a lovely piece.
It kind of builds on many of the things in the blog but puts them in the context of a project. I’d love to know what you think and what things you’d like to see in an inexpensive stitch guide.