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Sunday, 20 February 2011

The Good, the Bad and the Downright Disappointing!

Let's start with THE GOOD part! Elizabeth Easton is finished! Here she is - the only word I can use to describe her is "Handsome" what with all those colours reminding me of tweeds and Fall.




My favourite part is the top of the design, with the big bird and the flowers. You might wonder "wow, how did she manage to do it that quickly?" Well, that's because I haven't worked all last week, waiting to hear from my client whether there is more work for me. 

Which leads me, obviously, to THE BAD - still no word from them even though they said they would let me know one way or another by end of week (two days ago). Ah well, I'll head into the office tomorrow and see what's up. You know, it's the "out of sight, out of mind" syndrome.


Now comes the DOWNRIGHT DISAPPOINTING! And I'm only saying that to be polite. I've been dying to stitch a red project and I have one that I have been slowly kitting up for quite sometime. Last night I was all ready to go, started stitching the border and slowly realized there is something wrong! The size printed (count) on the design is completely wrong and I couldn't fudge it. I have to start all over with a bigger size of linen. 


Oh man, I was mad. Oh Fudge Oh Fudge Oh Fudge (you can insert the right expletive here)!!! It was a "hold your head in your hand and howl" type of frustration. We've all been there at one time or another. I sometimes double check the count on the charts but not always.  Well, that's one lesson learned. The size of my disappointment was in direct proportion to the size of my keeness to get started with this project!

Now I will hunt around for another project to stitch while I figure out what to do about the linen - substitute something from my stash, or order another piece. It's Vintage Pearled Barley too and it was just perfect for the project.


Enough about that. I now will ask for help. I need some Good Cheer
This is an oop chart called Good Cheer, by the Goode Huswife. I would love to stitch this one! If you have it and want to sell or willing to lend, could you email me please? Thank you.

Lastly, I will close on a positive note. I happened to be by a charity shop about a week ago and while I did not find any glass flower frog, I did find this pretty little bowl. 
It's a small bowl to hold coins or something. But what's cool is that I think it's handmade and all those little designs are a bit uneven. It's so sweet and really spoke to me. At $2, you can't go wrong. It's now holding little odds and ends I need while stitching.
 
Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your comments of support! The sun is shining outside today and that can only be a good thing. Have a good week. I hope some sun is coming your way too! Take care!

47 comments:

Irene said...

The sampler looks wonderful ! Love the small bowl. Yup I've been there, stitching along and then you realize OOPS doesn't fit. Good luck with the job.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Elizabeth is handsome, indeed! Tweedy is right - and I love the bird and flowers, too! I hope you find "Good Cheer"; that's a "new" one to me and oh so cute! I hope someone is able to help.

Darling bowl - it's a great color, too and could be used for so many things.

Sorry about the redwork start. I think we've all had something like that go wrong at one time or another. We feel your pain, Sweet Melissa!

Faye said...

Hearing you now makes me want to always double check the count...I am too trusting but now knowing your experience, I will re-count!! Linen is just too expensive!!! Good job on your finish also...Faye

Barbi said...

Your finished piece is gorgeous! I have yet to stitch a Goode Huswife, but this year I plan on stitching more than a couple. I have my eye on several pieces in my stash. I wish I had the one that you were looking for so that I could help you with that but I looked and I don't :( Sorry.
That bowl is a great find!!!

Glenna said...

Yay for Elizabeth (so pretty!) and the bowl! Boo for the fabric and the client. Best of luck on getting the fabric speedily and on finding the GHW Good Cheer.

Margaret said...

Elizabeth is so gorgeous! Wow! Congrats! Bummer about the work though. :( And huge bummer about the linen and stitch count! How could they mess up like that?! Argh! I feel your frustration -- I hate that!! Hope you find some linen quickly -- and that they let you know about the job too. Love the bowl btw!

Anne said...

Lovely Elizabeth! Beautiful colours and your stitching is tiny! Is it 1 over 1? Too bad about your work, hopefully it'll work itself out. And as for that bowl, what shop did you get it at? I'm always looking around for good finds but sometimes cannot find anything that's not overpriced in the lower mainland!

Cole said...

That bowl is just gorgeous!!! Great finish too :)

Romy in Austria said...

Love your finish! Beautiful!

Joanie said...

Good Cheer to you, Melissa...I have the chart...email me and I'll mail it to you!

staci said...

Elizabeth is gorgeous! So sorry about the wrong stitch count, grrr!

Hope everything turns out ok with your work.

WoolenSails said...

I just love seeing your finished pieces, always beautifully stitched and wonderful shades. I cannot make a piece without fudging it up somewhere.

Debbie

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Oh Melissa, I hope your work turns out okay and that you find the chart. We all have our runs of bad luck and then something good happens to turn it around - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Loraine said...

I love the sampler. It's handsome, and stately looking! So sorry about your linen. That is a frustration. Hopefully you will get a new piece really soon.
Hope you find work too!
Love your thrift finds. Perfect!

Nancy said...

I agree - Elizabeth Easton is quite the handsome sampler! Congratulations on a lovely finish!

The little bowl you found is wonderful!

Sorry you were disappointed about your red project. I hate when something like that happens!

Jennifer said...

Oh girl! That is a beautiful finish! Love it!!!!

I hope soon you hear some positive and peaceful things in the future.

I don't have that particular pattern but it's very cute, and by the way your bowl is an awesome find. I love it!

Stitching with red is tricky anyway as if you have to frog, it can sometimes stain the linen. Hmmmmmm. Linen is very costly and so sorry that happened. I hope you can save it in some way. Maybe after frogging you can coffee stain or tea stain it for another project???? just thinking.

Jennifer

Catherine said...

What a wonderful finish and love that bowl! I don't recognize that pattern, but I'll check to see if I have it.

As far as your start - been there, done that, I feel your pain!

Lisa V said...

Beautiful finish Melissa. Hope you hear about your work soon.
LISA V

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on finishing Elizabeth. She's just lovely. So sorry about the incorrect count/linen fiasco and not hearing about your work situation. That bowl is lovely.

Hazel said...

Beautiuful sampler finish. Love it. xx

Karen said...

OMG....I love this one. I love this color palette and will have to put this one on the wish list! Great finish!!!

Hope the rest of your week goes well. Hate that you couldn't start your red project but I can't wait to see what you stitch!

happy stitching....

Ranae said...

Fabulous sampler finish, love the colors
I do hope you hear from work soon.
Sorry! I don't have Good Cheer, Good Luck in finding it though.
Pretty bowl

Deborah said...

Wonderful finish! She is beautiful. I love the bowl. I wouldn't have been able to leave it either.

jhm said...

I love your antique finds - just beautiful.
Be happy your son is only going to Germany - it could be Afghanistian(mine leaves in the fall).
Jackie
http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

KarenV said...

Elizabeth Easton looks fabulous Melissa, those colours are totally me :)

So sorry about your red project - I've had problems recently with inaccurate stitch counts too, so frustrating!

That GH chart is a nice one - hope you manage to get it from someone. Hope you get good work news soon!

Jane said...

Congratulations on finishing Elizabeth Easton so quickly! It's good to see you've been putting your 'down' time to good use:) This design is so you, Melissa. It will fit right in with all your other wonderful samplers.

Thanks for the bday wishes and your email. I'll be in touch over the week. Stay happy~~~

Carol said...

Well, I guess the only good thing about not having any work this week is that you got so much extra stitching time, Melissa! And boy, did it pay off--Elizabeth Easton is just gorgeous!

So sorry you had that bad experience with the wrong stitch count. That actually happened to me once and ever since, I patiently count the blocks on the charts to double check. I hope you can locate a piece of fabric soon and that someone has Good Cheer to lend you.

Lovely little bowl--and what a great price!

Have a good week, Melissa :)

Brigitte said...

Oh my gosh, is this a wonderful chart. No wonder that you finished it so fast. It must have been pure fun to stitch it.
Restarting something because the count on the chart is wrong is certainly very de-motivating. Just as frustrating as when you count the threads wrong yourself - both ways result in the fact that you don't have enough fabric :(( I've also been there but is was my own fault. I hope you will soon find another piece of fabric and restart the project.

Siobhan said...

WOW!!! Congratulations on a gorgeous finish! Elizabeth is b-e-a-Utiful! Great finish.

I'm sorry to hear about the frogging!! I have to admit, I never check to make sure that a pattern is correct in terms of stitch count. I've found out that something was off and had ONE inch for framing--but still don't check. :P I'm glad you found the error now, though I know that frogging stinks!

Fingers crossed for you on the work stuff.

Katrina said...

Wow, so pretty!!! I love that design :-). Sorry I don't have Good Cheer.

Hope you get good news on your job!!!!

Sweet William Primitives said...

Such a beautiful finish! so sorry about your redwork. Good Cheer is new to me, but it looks like a fun project..hope you find it! (:

valerie said...

Beautiful sampler...congrats on your Elizabeth finish! Sorry to hear that work is up in the air though and that there was a misprint in your chart. Hate that...another thing to always check is if the center is actually gridded correctly on the chart.

Blu said...

Elizabeth looks awesome! That border is very pretty.
Sorry to hear about the chart misprint woes.

Vonna said...

Elizabeth is indeed mighty handsome! Congratulations!
And I'm sorry to read about your Red Project Mishap...that's a tough one for sure!

Nicole said...

Beautiful finish Melissa!! I really love this design. I'm so sorry about you having to restart your project! :(

Michelle said...

Gorgeous finish! I am loving the bird at the top too. And what a disappointment about your fabric for the red piece. I get so frustrated with things like that. I hope you can get another piece of Pearled Barley in the size you need soon so that you can continue on. Soooo curious to know what you've started though! I hope you hear something about work soon too!

Pointed Stitcher said...

Very nice finishes!!

Suzanne said...

What a gorgeous finish with Elizabeth Easton. I really love the colours of this design and it's one in a very long list of designs I would like to stitch.

Sorry to hear about your linen issue. I am alway very worried about cutting my linen, it's too expensive to waste and how awful that the instructions were incorrect. Hopefully you will find something else to stitch on this piece of linen and a new piece of linen to start your redwork piece.

Dovilė said...

gorgeous Elizabeth Easton Sampler!

Sharon said...

Stunning finish! Loving those colors. Sorry about the linen problem, how frustrating!

merumo said...

Another lovely sampler's finish! Congratulations!! Sorry about your red project's linen. I wonder which one as I have quite a few on my list and a lot of them seem to be the same ones as the ones on yours! I won't notice that kind of stuff till the very last minutes to get there, but you are really good!! (Compliment :)))

Le blog de marylin said...

very beautiful
have a good day

marylin FRANCE

mainely stitching said...

That's a wonderful GH design! And I am so sorry to hear about the missprinted design size - what a disappointment! Hope you find the perfect linen in the correct size soon.

Congratulations on a fabulous finish!!!

Karoline said...

Elizabeth is gorgeous, congratulations

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on your finish, its wonderful!!

Valerie said...

Elizabeth Easton is a lovely finish! I do agree that she is "handsome" with those colors!

I am sorry about your red project accidental mess up. What a horrible feeling that must have been to realize that the count was wrong! I do hope that you get started on the right count linen and soon!

Lois said...

How did I miss this gorgeous finish?!?!?! Love it!! I'm afraid I don't have Good Cheer, in fact I'd never seen this chart and, like so many other GH charts, wish I did have it in my stash! Shame about the red project. HOpe you've got that sorted. Love your little find, what a pretty bowl.