Friday, March 20, 2009

Tiny progress for a tiny chart

I didn't get as much done as I had hoped but I did fill up ALL of my single holes. That was a major achievement for me. As I was working on that I also had one of those hit yourself in the head light bulbs come on. I had said to somebody in an e-mail about "how to" stitch these that I had made an almost fatal error on this, my first, HAED project by starting at the bottom of the chart. I started at the bottom because there were only 10 or 12 lines on that page and I wanted to toss the extra piece of paper. I am used to carrying my threads down as I go, and having started at the bottom, that simply didn't work....I did hang a few off the side but they would keep getting in the way because the silly thing is so small. I had no idea how intricate a HAED was when I began this project. Anyway, there I am stitching away and this light bulb went off, "Well, dummy -- turn the chart and the fabric up-side down and it will appear as though you are stitching from the top down and you'll be able to carry your threads more conveniently!" So I have been stitching up-side-down and I can really say, even though my progress does not compare to you other busy bees, this is the best one sitting progress I have made yet. I know I'll be racing through the rest of this now --- that is racing through as the snail not the rabbit. Oh and.... DS came to visit while I had this out and I explained to him this is a gift for DH....guess who thinks he needs one too!! NOT. So here is what my mermaid looks like standing on her head. Atlantis Storykeep artwork by Selina Fenesh.

10 comments:

Suzie said...

LOL! I can understand your son wanting one now too, but can also understand your reluctance to jump in and start another one. .although,you ARE making such great progress on this one, and now that you know the upside down trick, the next one should be a breeze! lol

Your stitching looks wonderful! Well done!!

Joke said...

What a clever girl you are, turning your mermaid upside down LOL and you did a wonderful job so far!

Wendy said...

That is a great idea to turn your pattern and fabric upside downYou did a great job so far! Nice progress!

Laura said...

LOL, I have stitched upside down before as well. I tried it on Fairy Village, I stitched down one column and then carried the threads over to the next column, and turned the project upside down so I could continue stitching "downwards." I only did it once, though. But regardless of how you stitched it, your storykeep is really looking nice.

Cheryl said...

Brilliant idea! It's looking really good. Tell DS to stitch one for himself, lol.

Cindy F. said...

Ha! You're so smart!! Great thinking girl! Beautiful progress too!

dianemi said...

LOL, that is too funny. Let me just say that if I tried to stitch a HAED upside down... well, trust me. No one would want to see that (or hear the langugage that would surely happen)! :) She looks wonderful Yoyo.

Carolyn NC said...

Looks great - and I can see here even upside down!

Elfie said...

She's already looking very interesting. Love the upside down trick - I'll have to remember that one.

Anita H said...

You have really gotten lots done, she looks great.
Anita