Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Needlework Tuesday: On Starting a Canada Project

In less than two weeks, there will be flag waving, poutine eating and lots of fireworks and I have yet to start stitching my Canada Day quilted wall hanging.  eeks. I guess I should step up my game.

I did print out the outline of  a maple leaf and have scattered my buttons on the paper.  oops, I don't have enough buttons.  Plan two, I will make the maple leaf smaller and perhaps use some clusters of beads to fill in spaces.

This is one of those projects where size is not really an issue.  It will look terrific on my wall regardless if it is an inch or two shorter. Who will know or even care.

Often times, I get caught up on the small details of a project and it will delay me for days, weeks, months or even longer.  In this case, any further delays will spoil the concept of the project.   If there are gaps left between buttons, so be it, they can be filled in later.  I can add beads, but I could also add some silk ribbon flowers or embroider clusters of french knots (which to my surprise I have found I enjoy stitching).

I have another project that has sat languishing because I am held up by a small detail.  I am knitting socks for my sister and I need to shift the stitches around on the needles so that I can turn the heels.  Slight complication, I am knitting them on one needle (magic loop) but the pattern is not written that way.  I\m sure it will only take me a half hour to make the shift along with a wee bit of knitting, but why have I been stalling for several months.  I think what I need to do, is shift the socks to double pointed needles, then get them oriented properly for doing the heels and then put them back on the magic loop needle.  That would be so  much easier than trying to figure out how to do it using on the one long needle.  Arg.  The second step will be to purchase a book with patterns for knitting two socks on one needle.

It's wonderful to have a place, such as my blog, where I can voice my concerns/challenges and work them out or ask for help.  I quilt with friends and can ask they help/advice, but I usually knit or crochet alone.  Here I find the companionship I enjoy.  Thanks for all sticking with me and supporting me.  I greatly appreciate it.  I hope in turn, that you are getting the support/encouragement that need to continue in your stitching projects and in working out those small details.

Cheers to not letting small details continue to stump us.

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Lin said...

Nice idea for your leaf. If you just put your heel stitches onto a separate needle you can leave the rest on your circular one while you knit the heel. I think. I have never used a circular needle - love my four pins. xx

Marie said...

Yep, something small details or a snag will hold me up on a project, too. I'm sure you'll figure it out.

I love the idea of buttons, but since you don't have enough, using other materials will introduce other interesting textures. I might even like that idea better. Mix it up, have some fun. Beads, ribbons (embroidery or tiny bows), sequins, fabric paint. I'd say if it's red and can be attached or sewn to the piece, it's up for consideration.

How about a poppy? That's Canadian. What would Canada be without those who fought for it?

Stores (including discount and dollar stores) right now are filled with red and white items. Just yesterday I saw stick-on fingernails and eyelashes (!!!) with maple leaves on them. Too gaudy for your project, but I'm sure you can find something.

Now, I wish I'd been collecting red things. Good luck.