Sunday, 4 March 2018

She can't even count in twos!!

Having decided that I wanted to stitch an Aztec Stitch bookmark, I read the instructions and gaily start the foundation four sided stitches - over four threads.  Doesn't everybody do four sided stitch over four fabric threads?   Why wouldn't this work out?   Reading the instructions again I see "over two threads of fabric"
Starting again on 28 count linen - the previous 32 count was too fine for my eyes when stitching over two -  I counted carefully, two by two.   I double checked (I thought). Then I sorted through the extraneous floss in stash and selected a pretty gun metal grey.   Up and down each side with the scroll work.   All is well - everything adds up(I thought).
Again, read the instructions and begin the cutting and drawing of threads.   And then.....can you see what has happened?
It doesn't add up.   I have two many fabric threads.   Both ways - warp and woof.   I can't draw threads in the correct permutation to achieve a grid for Aztec stitch.
Rather than cry I go out on my evening walk and pound the pavements on my 8km circuit reaching home a red hot perspiring mess but having made a decision.  Start again and go carefully.
So here's the progress shot of tonight's stitching. 
No I'm off to bed to read a book.   I can't go wrong with that surely as all the pages are numbered.

5 comments:

  1. I did this Aztec stitch bookmark a few years ago and I also had trouble, either counting or somehow making it match up. I can't remember what I did. I didn't start over, so somehow I just made it work. It must be the pattern!

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  2. How frustrating. I hope that your second attempt is successful.

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  3. Sounds like you've gotten all the bugs out before doing all the fussy work of Aztec stitch itself and the remainder will now go smoothly and quickly!

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  4. Oh how frustrating Margaret, hope it goes to plan this time round.

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  5. How frustrating! Maybe there is an issue with chart?

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