by M-Designs (both at my blog projects page)
Miss Mary Mac’s Pins & Needles Pincushion
You may have noticed that I often make changes in the designs I stitch. These generally come about in two ways. They are rarely something that I plan on when I start to stitch something unless we are talking about thread type or color.
My two main approaches to design changes are trial and error. Trial goes like this…”I wonder what it would look like if I….” and then I give it a try. Sometimes I like it sometimes not. Sometimes it is inspired by another design or something I have seen. Error goes like this….”Crud! I put that in the wrong place and then counted wrong and this is in the wrong place too. Should I pull this all back out and re do it or should I try to work with it….?”
Both these approaches result in what I call project personalization. I’m not improving or correcting, just personalizing my projects, the fact that I’m stitching it lets you know I thought it was a terrific design to begin with and wanted to duplicate it. That being said, here is my personalized start on Miss Mary Mac’s Pins & Needles Pincushion from M-Designs. You can decide which approach I used for Miss Mary. (I have had Sampler Girls kitted up for an age and now that I’m working on Miss Mary, I’m dying to start on the Girls too.)
Now for the discovery. About 8 months ago I had to replace my 5+ year old glasses. I was told my current prescription was way too strong for me and that I needed to slowly move down to a significantly weaker one. I’ve been taking my glasses off for reading more and more often. Last night I was having trouble seeing this 40ct linen and even got out my cheaters. Well, it turns out I can see it best with no glasses at all. Now I just need to remember that my glasses are sitting on top of my head when I try to do something else! I probably should make another eye appointment too.
Please get your Online Needlework Show orders emailed to me no later that early Monday morning please, I’ll need to get things processed and ordered by evening – thanks!