If you have been a long-time reader of this blog, or even a short time, I guess, you will know that my mind flits from one thing to another to another to another, especially with needlework. One day it's cross stitch, then it's needlepoint, then it's back to cross stitch, but, oh, wait, now it's needlepoint. And I stopped the other day and pondered as to why this is so. So many of you seem very grounded in either cross stitch or needlepoint and actually stick to a project and finish it.
And I have to say the constant back and forth in my brain is not what I want my hobby to be. I have been doing needlepoint for a while, but am missing the ease of cross stitch. What I really want is fabulous projects on my walls or in my scrapbook and to be happy about the choice of project, fabric/canvas, threads, all of it. Is this asking too much? I feel very schizophrenic with this hobby of mine most days.
Do I use Q-snaps, stretcher bars? Plain old DMC, overdyed threads, the multitude of items that are out there? It truly is mind boggling when you think about it.
So, this morning I saw a post on Facebook from Down Sunshine Lane about the free pattern from Kit & Bixby available on the Hoffman Distributing site for Halloween and I decided to go look at it. I took a break from work and went to AC Moore and bought the DMC floss called for and some plain white Aida. YES, Aida!
I have also flitted back and forth many, many times between Jobelan, Jubilee, linen, 28 count linen, 32 count linen, 40 count linen. You name it, I have tried it. I sometimes think I am looking for perfection here. Like pieces of a puzzle fitting into place. It's like I don't want to think too much about it all, just make beautiful things.
So, I have done about nine stitches and am liking it so far. Believe it or not I put the Aida on stretcher bars. The mini stretcher bars are so much lighter than Q-snaps, and I can put the whole thing on my Needlework 4 stand if I want to. I am using three strands on the 14 count Aida, as it seems to give good coverage, as I am using black DMC at the moment.
But do any of you feel this craziness I do on a seemingly daily basis? Do any of you still stitch on Aida? I feel as though I am going back to the basics. Simple. At the beginning of every year I say this will be the year. I will fill my walls, fill my scrapbook, complete more than two projects, and it does not seem to happen.
And I know many of you may say you just need to relax, have fun with the hobby. Well, my craziness has cost me more money in fabric, patterns, projects than I would care to admit to anyone. I guess I am just looking to see that I am not alone in this madness, and that there is hope for me yet to calm it down.
So, give me your thoughts, insights, experiences. No holds barred, people. I am looking for the outrageous, the outlandish, things you never thought you would tell anyone you have done or thought about this hobby of ours, this wonderful thing that comes out of fabric and thread and a needle. So, lay it on me.
P.S. Not related to cross stitch at all, but I watched the most disturbing movie the other night, Chained. I was physically sick to my stomach at the beginning, and then it was like watching a car accident. I couldn't look away. Have any of you seen this movie?? Not for the faint of heart.