Down a dirt road, past fields and deep woods ~
stands a humble little farmhouse wearing chippy white paint and a rusty tin roof...
it's here at our beloved Notforgotten Farm that you will find me...chasing our kittens, puttering in the herb gardens or talking to the trees.
and I collect old & odd things.

I pull wool & cotton through linen. I walk barefoot in my garden and throw my head back and cackle when I laugh ~
I'm just a little farm-witch that loves where I am & who I'm with ~
I love seeing the past through the eye of my needle...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

~ A Handy Tip ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk!
a glorious Tuesday on tap for us here at the Farm ~

...sunshine and warm temps, along with a subdued breeze 
will have me stitching on the front porch swing after my chores are done.

as you may know, I am stitching a new design that is entirely made up as I go ~
I sometimes feel this helps my work look more primitive, and...
well this one fits that bill completely!

the border hasn't met up at all the way I had hoped for,
as you can see on the bottom left under the yellow house I am stitching:

no worries, 
as I said before I will embrace this as a happy accident and roll with it.

 Look closely at where my needle is below:
you can see that I am stitching the windows on this tiny house ~ but ~
I am stitching them over the already-filled in house!

the threads by the way, 
of this fabulous tiny dwelling are WDW;  Schneckley, Confederate Gray & Terrapin
SO beautiful together!
I find that by filling in all of my stitches. especially on a house ~ 
then going back in and stitching the doors/windows/details 
helps keep me from making a counting mistake...
~ you all know I love frogs, but not of the cross stitch variety!!!

my stitches may look a bit different than yours, too
as I like to wax my threads before I stitch ~ the wax keeps the threads tight and neat-looking.

also, I am a 'backwards' cross stitcher...meaning, I work from right to left when I stitch,
and turn my work upside-down to stitch row-by-row. 

Sounds confusing, but
~ being dyslexic, I have to find certain ways to do things 
so my brain and hands can communicate my thoughts into what I want as a finished product!

I think in my next post I'll will show you what I mean by 'backwards' stitching...
~ or ~ perhaps a short video will show better what I mean.

So, how many of you have stitched over your work like I mentioned above?
and how many of you will do it now that I mentioned it?
inquiring minds....

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori


NMK said...

This looks so pretty ! Think that is a great idea to stitch over threads ! You have the neatest ideas !!! Your house designs are so pretty , love them !!!

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely going to try your way of doing things with windows! Thanks!

debbie haggard said...

Hi Lori, I do 'over-stitch' things like windows occasionally- I find it helps make the window or door stand out more and not get 'lost' in the rest of the house. I also stitch from right to left- the individual stitches (bottom right to upper left, then cross lower left to upper right; but i dont turn mine upside down!) and also the entire design- starting in the lower right corner and working upward and over to the left. I know most people dont do it that way and not sure why I do, but its the most comfortable for me.

linda said...

I’ve always cross stitched from right to left, but I stitch each stitch individually using the sewing method. I start in top right corner of fabric also and work right to left, top to bottom.

Jacqueline said...

I have not over stitched but wil try it in the future. Thanks

Karleen said...

I have stitch over stitched areas. This seems to happen when I have stitched an area wrong and do not want to take out stitches. Thanks for doing this as now I don't feel to bad about doing it.

Penny said...

I will definitely be stitching over stitches now! YaHoo!

marly said...

Oh this is sweet and spunky. Love that border too.

Nancy Watkins said...

This piece you are working on is smashingly those houses!

sandi s said...

I have stitched over my work, usually after finding an error. I don’t mind how you finished your border either it adds it’s own primitive quirkiness. I’ve done that too instead of worrying about it. Your stitching is beautiful. Hugs,

TheCrankyCrow said...

Nobody does houses like you do Lori....And I like the idea of stitching over.... Not sure it will do anything for my counting (I’m too OCD and am always triple counting from different anchor points LOL), but I immediately thought how it would make windows and doors pop. Hmmm...I might have to think about doing that your Salem Village piece I’m working on...even though I have over half of the houses done, I could always overstitch them now.... ~Robin~

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