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Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Art of Fudging

On this dark, wild and stormy morning, a good day to ya! We've had some snowy weather here last week, then temperatures rose and heavy rains came Friday night and we woke up as if from a dream, all snow gone but rain being our steady companion.

Snow days are good (when they aren't too many) for catching up on things. I actually got caught up a lot on work at home where it was nice and quiet. I think sometimes you have to get away from the office to really get anything done! 

On Friday, after my work was all done I picked up my needle again on Margaret Harris. I had to do  a lot of frogging, hence, I have learned The Art of Fudging a lot because I just got tired of the rippity-rippity noise!
I am really pleased with my progress since last week but today I will take a break. My neck was sending out warning noises last night so I will give it a rest today. *sigh* Hard to let goof stitching so maybe I shall play with my linens and prepare a few pieces for projects. 

Question for you stitchers who make a lot of smalls - where do you go for tutorials? I want to stitch and finish more smalls this year and want to try out some new finishes. (Thanks)


I am getting excited about the Nashville Market coming up next month. Already sneak peeks are starting to show up. I love the sampler that Theresa showed here, and Tanya's Miss Mary Roe (those funky looking people just make me laugh!). I am wondering what the Blackbird Designs ladies will dream up this time! I have so loved their designs of late. Has anything caught your eye? Do share!


Well, must get on with Sunday. Julius wishes you a cozy  one where you can snuggle down and dream (or stitch or whatever!).

Thank you for dropping by! Your comments are always a treat. A special thanks to new commentators on the last post. It's always nice to chat with new friends! Take care and have a great week! 

33 comments:

Suburban Stitcher said...

your stitching is beautiful!

Margaret said...

Ugh -- I hate ripping!!! Glad you have the art of fudging. :D Always a good skill. lol! Love the pic of Julius. So cute! I'm hoping not to go too crazy on the Nashville market this year. sounds doubtful, right? lol!

Giovanna said...

Great going with the BBD! I'm also curious to know what they'll come out with at Nashville. For the time being, Carriage House Samplings has just put up the new charts ( http://carriagehousesamplings.blogspot.com/ ), and Plum Street Samplers is said by the Attic's newsletter to have "Brother's Keeper" ready for market - I think you can see a snippet of it in a mosaic picture on Katrina's blog ( http://theneedlespromise.blogspot.com/ ) - I'm looking forward to that one!

Shebafudge said...

Gorgeous stitching and that looks one very contented furpuss. It looks like he got the prime spot by the window.

For smalls finishing I usually try
http://focusonfinishing.wordpress.com/. There is another one but I can't think of it off the top of my head.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I hate unstitching. If you can fudge I say go for it. Margaret looks lovely. Julius is adorable.

Becky K in OK said...

For finishing smalls go to The Twisted Stitcher. Vonna has wonderful tutorials. Becky Bee may have some on hers also.

Michelle said...

http://tts-tutorials.blogspot.com/ -
I enjoy stitching smalls and I find Vonna's tutorials to be excellent. Hope this helps you.

Rowyn said...

Margaret Harris is looking beautiful. Shame about those frogs, unpicking stitching is such an awful job.

Julius looks very comfy and content!

Deb said...

I have learned the fine art of fudging and I do it all the time!! No one is really going to notice, do you think? Your piece looks great.

Vonna has some great tutorials, and I think that there are some on Pinterest too. I'm sure if you Google search you'll come across a few.

And I'm holding my breath on the Needlework Market. I vowed to be good, but probably because nothing is appealing to me right now. That piece you showed sure looks like I'm going to have to have it! LOL So much for not buying things!

Mindi said...

I'm another person that uses the fine art of fudging! Somehow I made a mistake right at the start of my Christmas Garden, so the top quarter section of motifs are 1 stitch off center. No way was I going to rip out that much.

Irene said...

I'm sure glad the snow is over with. As others have mentioned, try Vonna's tutorials.

barbara said...

What a handsome kitty!!

I'm a big fan of the art of fudging! ;)

valerie said...

Great stitching Melissa! Every once in a while, fudging is necessary. I hope that you're enjoying a lowkey rainy day and resting your neck. It's very rainy here too!

I haven't been paying attention to the things going out at Market. I am hoping to be good!

That Julius kitty is such a cutie!

Catherine said...

Ugh on the frogs! Margaret is looking lovely despite the ripping....sometimes it is easier to embrace the mistakes and go with them rather than tearing everything out.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the new things from Nashville!

Cristina said...

Julius looks in a Winter Sunday mooI love how your Margaret is progressing.

Penny said...

We probably all fudge sometimes. :) This is such a pretty piece - I love the colors!
Oh no! - not the Nashville Market already - I'm sure there will be something I can't resist. :)
I love the stripes on Julius - very handsome. :)

Lois said...

Glad you were able to fudge. Ripping out is no fun. I'm trying to put my head in the sand and not think about market but......as everyone starts to share what's new it's just too tempting to look! Julius looks so comfortable there!

Siobhán said...

I have learned to appreciate the art of fudging so much so that most of my stitching has some of that artistry in it. LOL Your Maggie Harris looks great!

I have found finishing tutorials on Vonna's blog, Focus on Finishing, Pinterest, and also Marly's blog (Samplers and Santas). I knew how to do the plain jane pillow finish but I think the thing that helped me the most was to use interfacing. The BBD gals always mention it in their finishing directions, Vonna mentioned it, I've seen it used in many other places, but it was only while reading Marly's trials and tribulations that the penny finally dropped and I thought--"Hmmm, what if I tried using interfacing?". Oy. I am definitely several cans short of a six pack when it comes to finishing and following directions!

Julius is adorable!

Chris said...

MArgaret looks great Melissa! I totally understand the fudging thing. Only you will know!
I am looking forward to see the new designs too.

Katrina said...

I love your Margaret, the colors are wonderful. Hope your neck lets you stitch this week too. Stay warm :-)!

The Scarlett House said...

Hi Melissa, I wondered what the "art of fudging" was going to be about. Oh yea, do it all the time. The talented Vonna does my finishing, and her online tutorials are terrific.
Glad to hear that you are looking forward to my Mary Roe :)

Loraine said...

Fudging really is an art, isn't it!
It's been so long since I've said "hi", I just wanted to let you know that I'm still "peeping" and enjoying your blog. You always have such wonderful things to show us.
I'm trying to blog again, and get my mojo back. Last year was a real bust, it seems.
I love your sampler. It's looking great!
Have a great week! Looking forward to seeing more of your stitching.

Joy said...

MH looks great...hope your neck is feeling better now. I can't look at any more new patterns, I'm in overload as it is! I like to think of frogging as compensating...lol

Have a great week!

Joysze said...

Fudging and I are great pals. ;) Margaret Harris is so pretty.

Julius' pose cracked me up!

Hope your neck is feeling better.

Anne said...

Margaret Harris is lovely. I really love the colours in this pattern. This weather is miserable isn't it?! Supposedly Thursday will be sunny!! I sure hope so! As for the Nashville market, not sure where to get that info to take a look at what they will be showing. And as for the tutorials, I would suggest Vonna's tutorials. She's so great at finishing smalls. I've messed around with a lot of different ways of making things, and find that the little pin cushions are the easiest for me. I would love to make a needlebook one day for myself. Julius is one sweet kitty :D

Hope to see you soon!

doris said...

My first question before I unstitch something is, "Can I find a way to make this work?" If I can, I do!

Miss Margaret is beautiful.

Kellie said...

Love Margaret Harris! :) Hope you are feeling better and able to stitch today. Several people have already mentioned my two favorite tutorial spots... Vonna and Focus on Finishing. I don't finish a lot of smalls although I plan to change that, but these are two of my go-to blogs.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Puss looks so relaxed, I feel I could reach out and stroke him - he's gorgeous. I'm looking forward to the new Plum Street Samplers design.

merumo said...

Lovely progress on Margaret Harris! She's looking so pretty. And Julius looks very comfy napping there. Can I join?

Carol said...

That is such a lovely sampler, Melissa! I used to be a frogger, but have reformed and am now a fudger whenever possible :)

I, like everyone else, so appreciate Vonna's wonderful tutorials. I've also had luck with looking on You Tube for videos of things like ruching ribbons, different stitch techniques, etc. I'll be excited to see some small finished from you this coming year. As you know, I am a "smalls addict!"

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

I love your blog !!

bisous de france

Karoline said...

Margaret is looking gorgeous, hope your neck is letting you get some stitching in now

Suzanne said...

Nice work on Margaret, but I am sorry the frogs paid you a visit.

I have used many of Vonna's great finishing tutorials, they are easy to follow.