Already a total number of hours past what I spent on the Beatrix Potter sampler I recently completed, and I would probably say only about and eighth of it is complete. This is a BIG project (as if I knew how to do small projects!)
Edit: I mistakenly added the total hours to the Beatrix Potter project instead of this project, so the previous reported hours was an error.
So here’s what I’ve learned so far:
- ORGANIZE YOUR FLOSS! No, seriously. I think most of my time with Beatrix Potter was spent futzing around with trying to figure out where the color was that I needed. Sure, it was on a card, in one of the two binders I was using, but I didn’t have them organized at all. I would pull out a color as I needed it from the organizer box and cut what I needed and add it to a card with empty space. Not smart. This time around on The Ark, I went through and pulled out all the floss that I needed before I started working on it again. It has probably already saved me a couple hours of hunting for that color.
- Filament thread is a pain to thread on a needle, so get a threader. It will definitely save some time and frustration if you have a threader. (Now, I need to go find one!)
- Looking at what I have now, it was definitely worth it to take out all those stitches of what I had before and redo it. Now I have a completely stitched across the width of the piece, which leads me to my next item…
- It’s okay to move around your piece! Of course, you’ll want to stitch from the top down, but if one part/color becomes too boring for you, move to a different section of your project to get a fresh section to work on. I finished part of the mountain there on the left, but got a little bored with the blues, so then I moved to work on the top of the rainbow, and the double filament colors.
- If you’re in doubt of a color, do not hesitate to check online from the publisher for corrections. In fact, checking for corrections before you start a project will probably relieve later frustrations. There is a part in the rainbow that calls to use a single strand of light pink floss, worked in half cross-stitches. I found this extremely odd, since it would be extremely light in color, and it wasn’t in a section that would later be covered in text from the scripture written on the rainbow. I searched all over for any sign of a corrections (because the sample on the cover of the pattern looked like those stitches were full cross-stitches in a neighboring color), but didn’t find any. I’ll keep going with what the instructions say, but I’m not too keen on it, so I might just take it all out and redo it with what I feel is right.
- You might have noticed I put a basting thread in there to keep track of my lines in the pattern (also known as gridding). This is super helpful, and I should have done this in the beginning. I was just too lazy and overly-confident.