Thursday, September 27 PM
I’ve been stitching and been stitched on in the past 24 hours! Maybe I should back up a little.
Monday, September 24
When I was at the laundromat the other day, I practiced a few TAST Week 38 Drizzle Stitch. I was glad to hear that this Brazilian Embroidery stitch is often stitched with rayon threads. I just happen to have some rayon floss and some metallic floss that I hate stitching with. While it is pretty and shiny, it is unruly and knots and slips about and is hard to keep threaded. I was thinking about giving it away. But that seems kind of cruel. I thought about sending it to Fireside Stitchery so they could sell it on their E Bay service, but I kept thinking that is the coward’s way out.
Thanks to the Drizzle Stitch and other Brazilian Embroidery stitches, I have found a way to use these threads and take advantage of their lovely sheen and sparkle! Unfortunately, the sampling I did at the laundromat, was not exactly “pretty,” so I didn’t photograph it to present in the weekly TAST review over at Pin Tangle. I thought maybe I would just incorporate it into a sample I work up for other TAST challenges.
Who knew the opportunity would come so quickly!
Tuesday, September 25
Every Tuesday Sharon Boggon announces the new stitch challenge, hence the moniker “Take a Stitch Tuesday!” This week was no different. The Week 39 challenge is the Knotted Buttonhole Stitch. And, like every week, I start thinking about where I might see a similar shape or pattern in nature or in general. I think about where it might have fit into previous stitching I’ve done. I consider what colors and thread textures would really stand out with this stitch.
Wednesday, September 26
I’ve found a button that would go very nice with the thread I want to use for the Knotted Buttonhole Stitch. I’ve been enjoying using the DMC Color Variations perle cotton and will use it yet again. I had just finished hand stitching the lining of Katie’s Stocking to the stocking and was about start working with the Knotted Buttonhole Stitch when I went outside to try to catch my neighbor before she closed up for the night. Almost immediately I found myself slanting towards the ground and hugging the propane tanks to avoid falling to the ground. It felt like my leg was wedged into the trailer hitch. The pain was incredible. The fact that I could stand suggested the leg was not broken. But the amount of blood I could feel pouring down my leg suggested this was more than a bit of a boo-boo. Jeff had a good description of the wound, it looked like someone took an ice cream scoop and dug out most of the front of my leg. All the ER doctor would say is, “this is really a challenge.” He said it more than once. It took over two hours for him to stitch the leg back together. There are 35 stitches on the inside and I don’t know how many on the inside just to try to get the top closer together. Luckily, Dr. McClung was up for the challenge. He even listened to my stupid jokes/stories. Knowing some are sensitive to such images I’m not posting the pic, but if you want to see the Doc’s wonderful stitching, you can click on the last hyper-linked text.
So, Knotted Buttonhole stitch. I ended up making a badge for myself. It is a combination of my attachment series and my patch series of stitch samples. It has not only the Knotted Buttonhole stitch, but also the Drizzle stitch to make the little fringe at the bottom of the button. It’s to congratulate myself on surviving what was akin to surgery without anesthesia or pain medication until the actual stitching began and Lidocaine was injected into raw tissue.
It’s about all I can accomplish at this point. It’s taken me three days just to write this post. And I’m ready to go back to bed now. I’m not supposed to be up and about as there is every danger that the stitches will tear through the thin skin, especially since quite a bit of the subcutaneous tissue sloughed away during the injury.
So, I’m going to bed. You may not hear from me for a couple weeks.