Monday, April 21, 2008

Nothing to Show

I've been working on my birthday exchange piece, so I have nothing to show. But I do need some advice: I think I made the thing I am making too big. So now I have to think about what to do about that. Okay, that's not just vague, it's unintelligible. It's just that my partner reads my blog. Oh, okay. I made a scissor fob but used 28 count fabric instead of 35 count. The original design was kind of big for a fob--but definitely meant for a fob--so now it's huge. Okay, not huge but...well...you'd never lose your scissors with this thing on it! I could just send a huge fob or I could make it into a very small pinkeep. And I'm growing later (not overdue, just...you know..TIME) and I think I should put a lot more in the package. I keep thinking of all these great things I could make but...you know...TIME. I just don't want the poor woman (I don't think I'm giving anything away there!) to feel cheated. Sigh. I have about a week before I have to have to send (and with my luck the mail will take forever because, is it bad to give a really big hint? I always have trouble when I send things to this place.) (Are you starting to feel like Encyclopedia Brown while you read this?)

I should finish up the Family Matters piece for my aunt tonight on the bus ride home. Though the new floss I got is quite a bit darker than the old floss. Fortunately, I am capricious when I stitch, so there's some of the new floss in several spots on the pattern. I'm hoping it blends. I'm so excited to do the finishing on this. It looks fabulous in my mind! I just wish I had about eight more hours in the day.

9 comments:

Kendra said...

Can you make it into a pillow-style ornament or knob hangy-thingy instead of a fob? A couple things of mine that started out as fobs, but then became too big for a fob, have turned into ornaments/hanging decorations.

Just a thought...

Lee said...

I've been liking the looks of floss ring tags and there's a good tutorial on this blog:

http://snippetsandstash.blogspot.com

It would be super cool if you already had an eyelet kit...

XmaryX said...

Oh my gosh- I LOVED Encyclopedia Brown! I haven't thought of those books since about 3rd grade! Awesome flashback Anna!
Karen V has a "Focus on Finishing" blog- check out her "Categories" for ideas. How about a small banner?

Miriam said...

oh my dear lord other people have heard of encyclopedia brown! i had begun to think i was alone in the universe.

Coral said...

IMHO I think if you are in doubt, maybe a pin keep is the way to go.

Good luck which ever way you go!

Nic said...

If something is too big for a fob, I call it an ornament ... that said, I have a couple of larger than average fobs, and they are attached to fabric shears, the scale looks better.

Barbara said...

We have one EB book that I bought for Max, but sadly I find it much more hilarious than he does. LOL!

I think you should just send it - she can decide for herself if it's a fob, an ornament, or something she wants to stick pins in. A one-of-a-kind stitcher's "needful". ;)

Michelle said...

It always looks fabulous in my mind too, though it doesn't always turn out that way for me. LOL! Unless it's like four or more inches square, I think you should fob it and send it - although the floss ring idea is a great one! And if you want to send extras, maybe include thread or fabric and a chart for her to make her own - rather than you trying to squeeze more in. I did the same thing though recently - I was going to make one thing for someone, and I ended up making four pieces for that person. I'm a glutton for punishment.

Jenna said...

I don't think there's anything wrong with a fob/pincushion in one. :) Or you could always make it a biscornu fob? I'm sure you'll figure out something clever. As for sending more than one stitching something, I don't see the need. If you feel like you want to send something more, just include more stashy stuff?

I'm sorry that your new floss turned out so much darker than the original. I hate the changes between dye lots in overdyed floss sometimes!