#25 - 17Aug05: How often do you wash your fabric for each project? Do you wait until the very end to wash it or do you wash it more than once? A. I rinse my fabric BEFORE I start a project. If there are folds that won't budge, I don't use the fabric. Rinse & iron after the project is stitched UNLESS done with silks. For silks, I just spray small amt of water on the back and iron.
#24 - 10Aug05: What do you do with the framed stitching that you keep? Do you hang it up & leave it in one place, never to move it? Or do you have a rotation, where you have one place for stitched pieces & switch them out according to mood or season? Maybe a mixture of both.
A: I don't frame much. Maybe have 5 stitched pieces in frames. I have a few nails into the wall near my creative corner. Two nails have scroll frames with 'someday' projects. (Scarlet Letter Ann Scutt sampler & EGA Mystery Sampler) One is being used for a cross stitch (original) design by Grammy K. The small picture is a friendship gift from my friend Aggie G. Most of my stitching are small items or household (towels, holiday accents, tabletoppers). I arrange things around my stitching area. Those I rotate by seasons - or - whim.
#23 - 3Aug05: Have you hand-dyed your own fabric? Why or why not? Would you like to try to do so?
A: Yes -- ONCE. Don't think I'll try it again. I used tea & when I folded over the linen, there was a dark line of dye in the center of the fabric -- I managed to use the linen, but will leave the linen as I get it!! The project was a challenge for our EGA chapter. I had taken blackwork motifs I liked, combinations of stitches I liked, silk colors I liked, & an often spoken saying in our household .... created a simple pillow. My girlfriend, Sue D, said I should put tassels or a cord on it. Maybe. I'm undecided. Entered the piece into the fair - blue ribbon.