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Monday, October 3, 2011

Beware!

I should steal this off of my parents' porch and put it in my stitching room.

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I was working on Nautical, but something just didn't look right. I don't know if you can see it or not - I didn't save the 'big' picture I took, just the trimmed down version, but it turned out that when I bought floss to replace the long-lost floss for this project, the blues didn't quite match up.

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See it in those two half-finished flags on the right? The top two-thirds of the plus-sign one is darker. It looked almost the same in real life. I couldn't figure it out. It was the right color number. I thought maybe it had faded, or that DMC had changed their dyeing process, or that it was just regular dye-lot variance. But no, because I went and pulled every single skein of that color I own (which was oddly a lot) and they were all the same.

So I went and got my handy-dandy DMC floss color fold-out thingie (I'm pretty sure that's its official name) and checked. Yup, it matched - and I got the one with real floss samples, not the printed pictures. So I took the project off the q-snaps, held it up to the colors, and it turned out that ages ago, when I bought the floss, they must have been out of the color I needed so I bought one number off. 796 instead of 797. Luckily I had one skein of the first color, so I've been restitching. Looks much better.

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This is my favorite page of my Floss Card Thingie. I love all the blues. The pink/red page is pretty, too, but I like this one best. I lucked out finding the Thingie on eBay - I don't think you can buy the real-floss cards anymore, and the ones I used to see were with little loose ends of floss, not smooth floss like this. I use it a lot.

So anyway, I frogged what turned out to be quite a bit more than just those two flags, restitched and it looks much better, yes? Though I'm not quite done.

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My goal for this in October is to finish the boat and all the backstitching to this point, then possibly stitch the knots and little sailors that go below the boat.

3 comments:

  1. Nautical is coming along well! Dumb frogs!! I want one of those signs! HAHA!

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  2. Oh, good luck with your goal for the month! The problem you had with the blues sounds really strange, and I don't think I ever would have figured it out, so it's really cool you got it under control!

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  3. It looks much better in the second piccy. I have done that before, bought one color off because the right color is not there. And do I write down what I bought in place of what?!? No, of course not. So then I drive myself crazy trying to match things. Grrrrrr... I too have a color card, although it is MIA atm. It is the same, with the floss wound around the cardboard smoothly, and it is so helpful. I haven't seen a new one in years!

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