Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Take Time to Read - WIP

I've *finally* gotten some actual progress stitching into my Jeannette Douglass Take Time to Read.
You'll see that I'm jumping around a bit in the piece (between blocks). The reason is that I'm trying to conserve as much thread as possible and it's just easier when I can see another area to immediately use the thread in.

Why am I conserving thread?
Well I decided to do this piece on a 28ct linen from my stash. However, it is charted for 32ct. Now, normally this wouldn't be an issue but I didn't take into account one (kind of important) thing. The thread pack. Jeannette's pieces always use the most luxurious NPI, Gloriana or other silk threads. They are just divine and cannot be replicated in any other way in lots of cases. In the case of Take Time to Read the border is too beautiful not to do in the silk that is called for. So I did what I usually do with Jeannette's pieces and bought the thread pack. Well, that's all great and it's a lovely thread pack. 
Except for one thing... it's charted for over one and the thread pack is accounted for on 32ct linen. And I'm doing 28ct over two.

So needless to say I'm pretty much guaranteed to run out of thread... I'm doing what I can with what I have and will see if I can get to the end or if I need another thread pack. 
Silly me for not reading the instructions first and thinking about the thread pack. On the good side I'll likely never make that mistake again!!
To date: 



Up-Coming:
- I've put a few stitches in Alice 
- Picked up South Seas Mermaid (Mirabillia) that I haven't touched much in forever. I do love the Silkweavers fabric its on!! Pics coming soon.

Happy Stitching!

17 comments:

Gillie said...

Oh, I can see the gorgeousness from here! Think that's a pretty sensible idea, regardless, silk is expensive!

Heather said...

Oh it's so gorgeous! Good luck on not having to get more thread! I've had cases where I've only used about half of what was given to me because I stitch until the very end of it you never know you may luck out!

Shelly said...

I've been in that quandary before! It's no fun. Now I have a Jeannette D in WIP form and I lost, yes, lost one of the silks! Luckily, the silk NPI that I ordered came to match what I had stitched with. Maybe you'll have luck that way too. Sounds like you may have to stitch until you have just a nubbin on your needle!

Irene said...

It looks gorgeous! Fingers crossed you'll be lucky and have enough thread, but going from over 1 to over 2 and reducing the fabric count... ouch.

Rachel Tomkins said...

The thread colours look divine and photos don't normally do stitching justice so it must look fabulous in real-life. Good luck with trying to conserve your thread. Normally thread packs are generous, but I doubt they're THAT generous! Can't wait to see more of this piece. :)

Leonore Winterer said...

That looks lovely! Those silks really are divine. I hope your conserving floss works out in a way that you can be happy with, but it would be a shame not to use these special threads as much as possible!

Linda said...

Beautiful stitching and design Mel.

Linda

Justine said...

Beautiful work. Those colours are gorgeous. I always stitch faster if I'm trying to save thread - maybe because I think I can finish before the thread runs out?!

Susan said...

I've done the same thing and sweated it out down to the last centimeter of thread - thank goodness for petite needles. Love the border fiber.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

It is a beautiful thread and hopefully you will have enough for the border at least.

It's a great design too, but 32 over 1? She likes to test her fans!

Karen said...

That thread is gorgeous! It is obvious even from the photo! I think I would have made the same mistake with the thread and stitching on 28 ct fabric. I just can't see well enough to stitch over one on 32 ct.

Thoeria said...

Simply gorgeous threads! And very sensible idea to try ad conserve it to complete the project! Hopefully you'll not run out!

Thoeria said...

Simply gorgeous threads! And very sensible idea to try ad conserve it to complete the project! Hopefully you'll not run out!

Thoeria said...

Simply gorgeous threads! And very sensible idea to try ad conserve it to complete the project! Hopefully you'll not run out!

Esmeralda said...

Love your new wip
Stunning colours
Hope you dont run out of those expensive threads :(

Vickie said...

WOW!!! It is stunning!!! I understand about conserving threads...there have been many times I pulled an ort from jar just to make a stitch or two!!

Lyn said...

The project is coming along nicely, Mel. I hope you don't have to buy too much extra thread.