Monday, August 18, 2014

My Poor Penguins - IHSW

This weekend was mine and Jack's fifth wedding anniversary, so we abandoned all social obligation and got out of town for the weekend. We drove up to Frankenmuth and stayed a couple of nights. It was also International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, and I did a lot of cross stitching on the drive.

Before this weekend

I worked on the Penguin Family, but when I got home I was quite devastated to discover that somehow the DMC white had changed drastically between now and the last time I bought the floss.

Who would have thought that white could be so varied? I made a trip to JoAnn's today to see if there was a different white. I was contemplating tearing out several hundred stitches if only I could find one that matched the original white but to no avail. The color difference seems even more obvious to me from further away.

I am now forlornly trying to decide whether to even finish this project. I am more than halfway through this 15,000 stitch pattern and can't count the hours I've put in. Maybe no one will notice? Ah such a false hope - if it wasn't a big deal, Jack would have told me not to worry about it instead of suggesting I look for matching thread.

As of 08/19/2014

While we were in Frankenmuth we stopped at Hobby Lobby and I found some 25 count white linen. I now have some evenweave and linen both so I can figure out which one I like better. Now I just have to pick two HAED projects, one for each type of fabric.

When I got home, there was a nice surprise from my mom - she had sent us an anniversary card and birthday card for me. My mom does rubber stamping, so every card she sends is handmade by either her or a friend.

Aren't they pretty? I stuck them up on my mantle.


  1. Maybe I'm crazy but the color difference doesn't seem that bad in the photo. It may be less noticeable at a distance, especially once it's framed.

    Wow! I didn't know you mom was into that stuff. They look great (I'm partial to the blue flowered one). :)

  2. I have no idea about this suggestion, but is it possible to carefully tea stain your older whiter stitches to better blend with the new?

  3. Kaelyn, to my eye, the difference does not look big enough to worry about.
    Kathy's suggestion is interesting. It got me brain storming and thinking that a very watered down acrylic paint, applied with a dry brush technique might add just the right touch of shading to blend in the two whites. (Dry brushing is where almost all the paint is removed from the brush before you use it and you work with the paint almost in the same say as you would apply blush to your cheek)