Last weekend, I showed you the Big Mistake on the monogram on the needlebook I’m presently embroidering. Most of the feedback on the monogram pushed me to fix the problem on the loop of the T. You were all pretty much right! It was bugging me too much to leave it the way it was, so I picked it out and fixed the stitching. I’ll tell you a bit about that…
Below, you can see the original “finished” embroidery on the monogram, with the mistake on the upward loop of the body of the T. This really bugged me more than I realized at first.
Do you ever start a project, greatly enthusiastic about it, run into a snag, and find that you lose steam right away because of that mistake? This is what was happening to me with the monogram. I disliked it so much that I found myself losing interest in finishing the project! And that’s bad, because not only did I invest a bit in the kit, but I really Like the kit a lot. How could I let a mistake sit there, turning me off the whole piece?
So I finally buckled down and made myself sit down to fix the stitching.
And this is the fix. Much better, I think. I know it isn’t exackitackily Perfect, but I’m happy with it now! The funny thing was that I pictured myself spending hours trying to fix this, gritting my teeth in frustration the whole time. In reality, I made a few snips with the scissors, careful not to cut any of the padding threads, then removed the stitches back to a reasonable point to work up to the area of The Mistake.
It took me a whole ten minutes to fix the problem.
The moral of the story: from now on, when something in my stitching is bugging me, I will correct it right away. No more pining over mistakes and building them up in my mind as insurmountable errors!
I finished the front of the needlebook in the same sitting as correcting The Mistake. So far, I’m pleased with it, and the more I work it, the more pleasure I get from it. I’m quite twitterpated with this kit!
If you’re looking for this needlebook kit, you can order it from The Mad Samplar. It’s called “Nichole,” and it’s one of a series of needlebook kits designed by Roberta Chase and distributed by Access Commodities. There will soon be a fourth one of these kits on the market – but I haven’t seen the third one yet. I’m hoping to track it down one of these days to see what it looks like! Has anyone else run across it? I’d love to see a photo.