Sunday, February 28, 2016

Thank You, Dora

You may know I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest.  On one of the good days, a picture of this sheep led me to
There's a tab at the top to click for her patterns.

And there I found the pattern for this cat as well. Aren't they both adorable?  Thank you, Dora, for sharing.

By the way, instead of adding the tail at the end, I worked it as a floating chain so I wouldn't have another cut and tie.

I made the sheep with white pearl cotton and the cat with Lizbeth color 611.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Sweet Return

Yeah, I fell off the face of the earth again.  I had some real world issues, and some more real world issues, followed by some procrastination, followed by more procrastination when I realized I didn't have any recent projects to talk about.

I decided to get back into the swing of things with the project from last week's Online Class, the Sweet Heart Valentine by Pop Lenuta Maria, with help from Karen Cabrera.  You can see the pattern HERE.  Muskaan made some beautiful 2 color versions and wrote about them HERE and HERE.

I started off and quickly ran into trouble.  My large rings on the backside layer wanted to twist and curl and the picots were getting too bunched up.  This sort of thing happens sometimes when there is too much tension closing a very long ring.  Usually, I can fix this by closing the ring part way and then loosening up the scrunched up part before finishing the close.  This wasn't working very well for me this time, maybe because the 2 layer effect made it harder to get to the early part of the rings.  Or maybe it was just me that day.  Also, I was working with 2 colors, with a twist between rings, but I didn't like the way it gave color blips between rings.  I cut that one off the shuttles and tried again.

I asked Muskaan's advice since her hearts looked so nice, and she said she did not twist the colors between rings, so I quit that.  I also tried adding a join between the large rings on the back side to see if that would make them lie flatter, and decreased the number of picots. Well, that was better. Muskaan had warned that some bare space between rings was recommended, but I must have not made my bare spaces big enough because my motif curled up quite a bit and required some stern blocking.

So then I thought, working the pattern as orignially written, with all the rings made with the same shuttle might create the proper spacing.  This was much easier to flatten.  It curled up just a bit, but it was easy to mash down just a little and give it a quick press with the iron.

If I ever work this again, it might be a good experiment to make it with 2 colors, and work chains of a few ds between rings.