A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (like back in 2013), I guest blogged a few times over here about my adventures in stitching. Then, in Summer of 2013, I started a Masters of Arts degree in teaching and most of my spare time for blogging and stitching in general went down the tubes. I am happy to say that I completed my degree in five semesters and walked across the stage with my velvet hood back on December 13. A week later, my teaching certificate showed up. But, since it’s mid-year and teaching jobs are in short supply, I am back to being a stay-at-home-mom with some extra time for blogging and stitching.
So, what has changed in two years? Well, in my original interview with Loretta, I talked about how I enjoyed stitching smaller pieces. Well, due to my mid-life stitching crisis, if you look at my current list of WIPs, you will see that I’m currently working away on a myriad of rather large pieces. How my tastes have changed.
Anyway, I want to return to one of my favorite posts that I wrote for this blog: How to create a UFO in 13 easy steps. In this post, I chronicled how a piece that I had started years ago (before I was married, in fact, and I’m coming up on my 6th anniversary) had tragically turned into a UFO.
A short time later, I blogged about how I had discovered gridding. At the time, I had gridded two different pieces: an HAED (that’s “Heaven and Earth Designs” piece) and Snow White Discovers the Cottage, a kit of the Kinkade piece by the same name. Both of those pieces were extremely large, solidly stitched and had lots of color changes, so gridding the piece made total sense. To be honest, gridding a piece is kind of tedious and it can take an hour to grid one page of a piece (ok, it takes ME an hour since I have a 4 and 5 year old running around while I’m trying to work). I only grid when I have to.
Then, I look a good look at Do Not Meddle (that would be the UFO). It is not solidly stitched in the slightest but it caused me headaches even after I isolated and fixed the mistake.
After trying (unsuccessfully) to start the dragon on the left side, I broke down and gridded the first page. And to my surprise, it made things so much easier. Instead of having to guess where I was from the current stitching (which is difficult because the shades of green are incredibly close together), I just use the grid lines as a reference point and go from there. I got some work in today and here’s what it looks like.
The moral of the story?
Is gridding tedious? – Yep!
Can gridding prevent you from tearing your hair out and banishing a worthy piece to the bottom of your stitching basket? – Well, in this case, YES!