Monday, January 22, 2007

Success?? And a bit of progress.

Here is the result of 12+ hours in a sink full of Dawn....

I *think* it came clean!! I know the color looks a little different from the first "finished" picture I posted, but that was done with the scanner, and this is a camera pic. The fabric didn't lose TOO much color, I don't think (if you look at my first progress pic of it from a week or 2 ago, you might get a better idea of the fabric colors). I'm still a little nervous about storing it with any other fabrics, though. Hmmm. I wanted to make it into a little pillow....maybe I'll do that, and it will just live on a shelf instead of in my pillow bin.

Saturday I got my package from Stitching Bits & Bobs, and it gave me just the push I needed to stitch some more! First, I started Just Nan's "Wintry Mix". Her little geometric designs just make me so happy....and when I mentioned this out loud, DH tried to give me a long psychological explanation of the human attraction to symmetry (which I understand and DO believe, BTW!). I love him, but sometimes he needs to leave work/school out of my stitching..... LOL

I also put in some time with the Celtic wedding sampler. I love the look of the design, but I'm beginning to despise the work that is necessary to create it! It is coming along, though. However, I've decided this will be the only "wedding gift" piece I'm doing this year. The second wedding I'd planned to stitch for -- my brother-in-law's -- I'm going to give them a "rain check" for something they'd like stitched. I don't want to get it wrong, you know? And since BIL's fiancee is a crafter, I'm sure she will appreciate the work I do (she is one who got the "Here Be Dragons" cube for Christmas, which she tells me is now displayed with her Anne McCaffrey "Pern" books). And it will totally take the heat off me, so I can get back to the Mermaids and other ME stitching. Yay!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Erin, I am so glad it came out. It looks good. The Celtic wedding sampler is going to be gorgeous.

Marjean said...

Erin,
I am glad you had success with the Dawn. I know you would have been heartbroken. I think it will be safe.
Marjean

Christine said...

I'm so happy to hear that the Dawn worked!!! That's great!

Lovely progress on the wedding sampler and nice start on the JN!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad your piece came clean. What a nightmare!

The border of the wedding sampler is gorgeous. It's going to be so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to see it came clean! Wow, what a relief! Love your border work! LOL!

Anonymous said...

It's always scary when you have to clean a piece that you are putting so much work into. Glad it worked out for you.

Anonymous said...

E-gads!!!! How awful to get oil on your stitching! I'm so happy you were able to get it out. Everything else looks beautiful, too. :)