Thursday, February 13, 2020

Viewer discretion advised . . .

I've mentioned before that I'm enjoying some stitcheries from our talented friend "down under," Jenny of Elefantz . . . 

I'm warning ya right now, viewer discretion is advised on this post! (Grin) Some of these are downright shocking! LOL
(You can zoom in on all of these, you know, the old "spread or pinch" maneuver with your fingers!)

In an effort to be totally transparent and honest (and a chance soon to toot my own horn as I make progress) I'm showing you some pretty bad stitching!

I will admit to being in too much of a hurry.

I will also admit to not wanting to take out stitches. 
I am rationalizing that it's going to go on the kitchen table where it will not be noticed as much, since we'll be putting a centerpiece there, place settings around, and we'll be concentrating on our food!

And more importantly, I'm resolving to do much better in the future. I'm going to follow Jenny's lead, and relax and contemplate the words I'm stitching. I'll allow myself the "luxury" of taking time to remove errant stitches. 
So, here they are -- honest photos of stitching that will be improving soon!

Some of the arrows are for stitches that are just not lined up correctly. Those should have been pulled loose and done again.
Some of the mistakes are where I was not doing the backstitch correctly -- they look more like chain stitch in some places! (Grin) 
And of course, in some places you will see: small stitch, small stitch, BIG stitch, small stitch!!
All of these are from her free patterns on her site, so hop over and check out all the lovely things there! She also has great tutorials, which have helped me immensely!

I'll be back soon with some better stitching! The weather lately has kept us inside, instead of working outdoors, so the stitching continues!



  1. They all look wonderful to me, and if it wasn't for the arrows, I could not have found any stitch not as it should be. 2 weeks ago, I finally finished some place mats, Christmas tree blocks, the points were cut off with the binding, the sewing to the front did not go smoothly, so instead of a gift, we have them ourselves. Love your threads and colours.

  2. I had a teacher once point out to me how the balance of my creation was lovely... and to focus on what I loved about my work... totally changed my point of reference. Your embroidery is beautiful just as it is...

  3. I know how you feel about less than quality stitches (I am the same with my machine stitching), but your stitching still looks gorgeous even so. I’m learning to be more tolerant to more enjoy the time sewing. I think machine stitching though is more forgiving than hand stitching. Can’t wait until you let us see this whole design.

  4. Oh my goodness...your stitching looks beautiful! Enjoy the process and don't strive for perfection. As you continue, you'll be practicing and learning, and see each little bobble as it happens. When the whole piece is finished, I'm betting you won't see those little things at all. Frankly, I can't see it even with your arrows pointing it out. Beautiful work. Keep going.

  5. I think you are way to hard on looks fantastic!!!

  6. Give yourself some credit here.....I think you have done a great job. Enjoy using it.

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