Thursday, February 6, 2014

Size matters

I have been beavering away at the Queen Bee and with a bit of luck the main part will be complete this weekend. 

I have recently had to give in and get glasses (turned out I was more blind than I thought - who knew how bright a place the world could be LOL) and certainly never had to use a magnifier to stitch, but oh how times have changed. With this little project, I am finding I need to use both my new super, duper specs and the magnifer - it's a pain and I don't like it, but (sigh) - never mind , moving right along.
The thing is that each time I step away from it and look at it from a distance I am surprised by two things:
1 - how little the whole thing really is and
2 - how all those little imperfections I keep seeing through my 'looking-glass' don't seem to be such a big deal.
This probably sounds crazy, but despite the wee size of this piece - I still think it is too big for a class project.

I prefer student to be well under way with a project at the end of a class and I am not so sure that will be the case with this one. In theory, placing stitches in coloured silk over gold threads sounds pretty simply - and it is. Getting it right takes a little bit of practise and, the thing is there are quite a few of them to get the dense colour. More importantly, when laying gold threads back and forth across a shape it needs to be turned neatly at each side one every row - that too takes a bit of practise.
So the conclusion is: I need to do a smaller version for a class project! But first, of course, I need to finish this one. Oh bliss, that I get to stitch every day at the moment. Lucky me.

Enjoy the rest of your week,
Anna x


  1. The tape measure really drives the small size of the piece home! Thank you. :)

    It's going to be quite a little gem of a piece! I keep goldwork on that "someday" list, but I really have to find time for it soon. Don't ask me how!

  2. Just a hint ,next time you go for glasses take in a piece of your finest embroidery and get glasses suitable to work iras well as your others.Thats what I did,they stay with my sewing caddy and I have now packed away the imaginer.

    1. Thank you for that tip - I will certainly keep it in mind.

  3. I'm 42 and have just recently started to wear reading glasses when I stitch. I know exactly how you feel. Getting old ain't for sissies.