Saturday Spring Snow and a Stitching Post

This morning we woke up to a bright white winter landscape. The trees that had been leafing out for weeks were covered with white fluffy snow. It is an annual phenomenon here that after fruit trees have blossomed and spring flowers have made their appearances that we get a cold spell and a killing frost. We don’t always get a late spring snowfall.

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We have had weeks of beautiful spring weather so I know this is just a temporary setback. I am able to enjoy the beauty that I see out my window. It began snowing before we went to bed last night so we covered the most tender of the plants, like the blackberry shoots. The snow will be gone by noon.

Today in my Saturday stitching post I will display some slow and steady progress on the previous UnFinished Object (UFO) which has now become a Work in Progress (WIP).

On March 28, I published Hide and Seek, a post about a piece I had started many years ago but put aside and never went back to. After getting it out to photograph it I decided that would be the next project I would complete.

Finished Design
Previous Progress

Part of the reason I had abandoned it was because it included some rather complicated areas. I had mis-counted my stitches and I could not figure out where I had gone wrong. And it is stitched on linen which for me is more difficult to count than many other even weave fabrics. The fabric is 32 count linen, which means that every inch contains 32 fabric threads.

To get back on track my solution was to “grid” the fabric. Cross stitch charts are already marked with 10 x 10 squares to help stitchers keep track of where they are.

Current Project Chart in Color
Current Project Chart in Color With Grid Lines
Example of Black and White Chart Showing Grid Lines
Example of Black and White Chart Showing Grid Lines

Gridding the fabric is marking the fabric without leaving any permanent marks on it.  Running stitches are done vertically and horizontally to form 10 x 10 squares corresponding to the squares on the chart.

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Gridded Fabric
Gridded Fabric Detail
Gridded Fabric Detail

After gridding the fabric which was quite time-consuming I was able to identify more easily where I had erred in my counting. I then frogged my mistakes. (Frogging is the cross stitch term for having to remove stitches. Think of the sound frogs make: “Rip-it, Rip-it”).

Progress as of 4/18/15
Progress as of 4/18/15

I was then ready to proceed with more stitching. It is slow progress as these aging eyes do not do well with the small stitches, but it is progress nevertheless. The grid on the fabric definitely helps in placing the stitches properly.

When I have had to remove stitching I am struck by the idea that most people would never realize that errors had been there to begin with. There are times when I proceed with the errors knowing that they may never be seen. Other times, like with this project I felt compelled to correct them because I worried it would throw the whole design off.

Spring snow and slow and steady progress, just additional threads of my life.

[Project Details: Hide and Seek from  For the Love of Cross StitchMay 2001.  Design worked on 32 count antique white linen using 2 strands of DMC floss over 2 fabric threads.]


29 thoughts on “Saturday Spring Snow and a Stitching Post

  1. Amanda G April 18, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    That was a smart idea to stitch in the grids to find your mistake. I agree it can be hard to decide whether to leave a mistake or frog and re-do. Even when I know others won’t notice a mistake, if I know that it’s something that I’ll obsess over, then I have to pull it out 🙂 Your bunnies are looking lovely. Glad you have them all sorted out and happy stitching!

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    • Good Woman April 18, 2015 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks. I usually don’t like to grid because it takes a long time and I usually count ok without it. But this project was tough for me and gridding did resolve the issue.

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  2. Donna April 18, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    I like hide n seek and I have learned a new term Flogging which as you explained it is appropriate for the action.

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    • Good Woman April 18, 2015 / 1:45 pm

      Oops…you made me re-read my post. I hoped I had written “Frogging” and not “Flogging” and I did have it right. That’s a term that I have heard for years on stitching websites and “Rip-It” is the least well-liked sound of stitching.


      • Donna April 18, 2015 / 3:10 pm

        Typing on my phone lol


        • Good Woman April 18, 2015 / 10:10 pm

          I completely understand. I commit typo’s in comments all the time. I just hope that I don’t make the mistakes in published posts.


    • Good Woman April 18, 2015 / 1:43 pm

      Hi…I have not seen you for a while. The pictures are outside of my home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A. Thanks.


      • susieshy45 April 18, 2015 / 6:25 pm

        Snow in New Mexico ? I thought it was a rather hot state of the USA ?
        Does this help towards decreasing the water shortage ?

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        • Good Woman April 18, 2015 / 10:15 pm

          The southern part of the state is very hot and desert like. But the northern part of the state is at high elevation so we definitely have winter and all four seasons. Any precipitation helps recover from the drought. We are actually ahead in precipitation since the start of the year but it has been dry for so long that recovery will take a while.

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          • susieshy45 April 19, 2015 / 3:12 am

            Thank you Helen. I learn something new each day through the blogosphere.


  3. Moongazer April 18, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    Well done for getting things in the garden protected 🙂 And well done with the project 🙂

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    • Good Woman April 18, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      My sister who lives with me is the gardener in our household and she is conscientious about taking care of her plants. She gets all the credit.

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  4. guevaragem April 18, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    Beautiful designs! 🙂

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      • guevaragem April 18, 2015 / 7:03 pm

        Do you sell them? I’d buy them. I fell in love with them.

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        • Good Woman April 18, 2015 / 10:20 pm

          I have never sold any of my stitching. I mostly stitch for gifts for family or friends or for myself. It is very relaxing to me and I fear that if I did it to be paid it would take some of the joy out of it.

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    • Good Woman April 18, 2015 / 6:57 pm

      Thank you for your comment, but I think it is all relative. I am amazed at people who can sing or are talented instrumentalists or who are extremely athletic. I think we are all gifted with something (some of us more than others) and it is a matter of recognizing it and developing those God given talents.

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  5. Sara Moser April 19, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Beautiful piece! I haven’t done counted cross stitch in years, and never on linen. I admire your dedication!

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    • Good Woman April 19, 2015 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks. Linen is a challenge to stitch on but I really like the look when it is finished. I really enjoy it so it is very relaxing to me.


  6. Ginny April 20, 2015 / 5:56 am

    So sorry the snow paid a visit. Especially after weeks of Spring. We usually see a bought of snow or an ice storm in April and even May here in Michigan. I am hoping it is not even going to stop by this year. Your Hide and Seek project is beautiful. I’m sure no one would have noticed a mistake, but I also know how it can nag at you to fix it. I pray the frog will not visit you anymore.

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    • Good Woman April 20, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      You are probably correct that no one would have noticed. But I was concerned this time that I would have a difficult time getting back on track. It was an area with a lot of quarter stitches in different colors and just a very complicated section. If I could even tell where the pattern was going I would have made adjustments. I was lost and confused. (That frequently happens in life but not usually with my stitching!)


  7. fawn April 20, 2015 / 7:14 am

    I have never seen this gridding technique before! Your stitching looks great.

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    • Good Woman April 20, 2015 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks for the compliment. I have seen the gridding technique mentioned quite a bit on Facebook pages and websites, I personally have only done it once before a long time ago because in general I don’t have trouble with counting. But this particular project on linen had me really confused and I had to do something to get past the problems. It is pretty time consuming and I am glad I don’t need to do it with every project.


  8. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature April 26, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Love the bunny. So glad you finished it! I’m jealous of your snow! We got a little shower today, but that is all we have had since Feb. Happy for you, though.

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    • Good Woman April 26, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      I have not finished the bunny but I have worked through the part that was giving me problems so I am making progress. I was just showing the progress I had made since the previous picture. We have had more rain and snow so I am very happy about that. This morning it rained hard for a while and then it turned to snow. I will take anything, as I am sure you would too.


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