“Dragonfly” by Elizabeth’s Designs. It was to be a biscornu. Do I have the will to restitch it? I was taken with the design from the start. I used DMC 945 instead of 948, I think (or vice versa). It lighter, and I thought it gave it a dreamier quality. The overdyed floss included with the chart is Needle Necessities Camouflage, and reminds me of a pond, which I love. The scrap linen I chose is sheer, so I ‘lined’ it with a sky-colored linen. It all came together so nicely. I was loving it. Then I ran into my biggest pitfall: I tend to cut too small a seam allowance. Four threads on 32-ct linen is 1/4″, right? Wrong. It’s 1/8″. I am embarrassed to report that math was once my best subject. The “C” I got on an arithmetic test in 7th grade haunts me in moments like this. Haunts me, b/c when I turned in the test, I thought I aced it. And. I didn’t. *head thud*
**WHINE** Do you know how long I’ve wanted to find time to stitch this?? Since March, when I bought it at Teatime Stitchery, which I got to visit during the step-daughter one’s university interview (she got in, yay!). I’d been itching to stitch another biscornu for a long time. I decided to follow my creative urges, and I stitched it.
It was going to be lovely, yes? The chart comes with a dragonfly charm for center placement. I had some beads that had iridescent qualities. I was worried they might be too dark, but I was going to try them. Plus, I had four smaller dragonflies for four of the “corners” on the biscornu. I knew I was in danger; I knew I’d cut the fabric close. But I wanted it! I was going to try. And after it was obvious it wouldn’t work? What did I do then?
I kept stitching, of course, stubbornly clinging to the delusion that Fray Check and some seed beads would hide my carelessness. My pipe dream was rewarded thus:
Another split! Oh, Lucky Day! It was about this time I realized my faulty calculations. I’m sad.
I do this a lot. Screw up badly with my stitching, I mean. Earlier this year, there was Murphy’s Irish Coffee. Then there was Desiderata Monday, pt. 9, a counting error that brought my Desiderata progress to a screeching halt. I’m happy to report I’m re-focused on Desiderata. I just have to make it past the current row that’s nagging me, and hopefully, I’ll be back in the swing of it.
What IS it that keeps me stitching in the face of such frustrating blunders?
It must be love.