The Last Stitch…?

My first cross stitching post, I told you all how badly I messed up. Last week, I didn’t have a real update post as I had been working on fixing all my mistakes. Basically, I had begun the frame of the owl and ended up with it being all funky looking. As I followed the pattern, I came to the very bottom to connect & I should have had five stitches across. But I only had room for two stitches.

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The right side bottom row was off by 3 stitches.

I began unstitching the entire right side of the owl up to the  eyes. I fixed where I thought I had messed up, then began working my way back down. And something was still off.  My error was actually at the very bottom where I first started. I ended up deconstructing the entire bottom part and re-stitching. And it still wasn’t right. At this point, I had made two errors I found & fixed, and I had to get a second set of eyes. Evil Husband pointed out that I had stitched in an extra row on the left side of the pattern. And so the third deconstruction began. To top it all off, in the process of fixing it all, the damn thread fell apart. The kit only has a limited supply of each color, so I had to take thread from the kit I bought for my daughter.

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Deconstructed 3 times now?

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Salvaged!

Once I was able to salvage everything and realized that this needs way more concentrating than I had given, I was moving along quite quickly. I even was able to manage different colors. I stitched in the other colors because I apparently have a problem counting empty spaces. This may not be the correct way, but it works for me. According to those I know personally that cross stitch, Evil Husband included, you’re supposed to stitch all of one color at a time. However, as I was clearly unable to figure out just the outside frame, and inside includes three different colors, I decided to do it my way.

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Multiple colors happening!

I had committed  to 4 weeks per hobby when starting this blog. I think I bit off a little more then I could chew with cross stitching. I really didn’t anticipate the mistakes that I had made would set me back this far.  By this time, I should have completed, at the minimum, the “practice kit” I bought. As of last night, I’ve made it this far…

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Almost done?

I am at a crossroads right now. I should begin my next hobby this week, but I haven’t finished cross stitching. I have decided I am going to continue on with my next scheduled hobby.  I will continue this project and update my progress until I have finished. As for the frog kit I picked up, I will work on it as time allows. As frustrated as I got, I really enjoyed cross stitching. I found it very relaxing, well, until I screwed up. It is a hobby I really recommend to someone who is looking for a crafty type hobby, but you should be decent at crafty kind of hobbies.  It isn’t hard, but requires time, patience & attentiveness.

So, what’s in store for the Recreational Hobbyist in March? Well, next month I’ll be covering a hobby that both Evil Husband and I discovered together and really enjoy. We’ve already established a pretty good library over the past few years, and we have a little bit of everything. Next month: Board Games.

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8 thoughts on “The Last Stitch…?

  1. Kristen says:

    You poor thing! I can see becoming frustrated to the point of quitting after redoing it that many times! Lol. Good for you for sticking with it. And I like your idea to move on with the next Hobby since, after all, that is the goal for your blog 🙂 Your blog will satiate my ADD and need for something new all of the time 😀

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  2. Quinn says:

    Settlers of Catan! So you can come together as friends and part as mortal enemies, and almost come to blows over how ‘FOR THE LAST TIME I DON’T WANT ANY FUCKING SHEEP!’

    Very healthy.

    Can I ask, with the cross-stitching… (I’ve always wondered this)… why do you need a pattern? Can’t you just sort of wing it? Or….?

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  3. claire93 says:

    I do hope all the unpicking on this isn’t going to put you off starting your frogs! We live & learn lol and it sounds as though you’ve learned a lot with your first kit. I find that, in order to avoid miscounting, it’s often a good idea to start somewhere in the centre of a design and work your way out. If I had been stitching the owl, I would probably have begun with the little hearts on its tummy, then the pink tummy and then the dark green of the owl. Once you are sure you have your first stitches right, it’s easy to work from there without having to count too much.

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