Yay, I didn't forget - LOL!!!
YOTA stands for 'Year of the Acronym' and is a SAL (Stitch ALong) to work on a UFO (Unfinished Object). It is hosted HERE.
My YOTA project is 'Flower of the East'. This is a project that was given to me by a lady I never met before and who hasn't answered my emails since. She posted it on a giveaway page on Facebook and no one else asked for it. It was the partially stitched fabric and the chart only, no floss or metallics.
I bought the floss but haven't bought the Japan Braid that it requires yet. It looked like this:
I have found some unexpected issues with finishing a project started by someone else - the first thing I checked was did we cross our stitches in the same direction, and luckily yes, we did. That was good.
When I put her in my Q-snaps to get started, I discovered that my two strands of floss were coming out much thinner-looking than her two strands of floss. I kept checking to make sure she hadn't used three strands but no, two strands it was.
I changed to a bigger needle than the first one and it helped a very, very little. I didn't know what to do, then noticed her stitching was a lot looser than mine and had a bit of an epiphany. It looked like my stitches used to when I stitched in hand instead of using a frame. So I tried that and bingo, I was in business! Our stitches matched!
As I started stitching along, I decided that the reason she didn't want to finish her must have been the fabric. It's terrible, loosely woven and floppy and uneven. Pull the stitches the least bit too tight and it leaves gaping holes. I wasn't about to give in though - I adjusted my tension and settled in to a rhythm and it finally started flowing easier.
So now my Flower looks like this:
I have finished her hair and the flesh tones of her face. She needs her eyes, mouth, and the flowers in her hair next. She's very pretty, though, isn't she? Even with her slightly scary current face! Next time I hope you will see her with her hair and face finished and her parasol and fan done, as well.