Thursday, June 7, 2012
On to the Next Project
I took the mug apart and removed the "fabric" on which to do the design. It sure looks like regular cross-stitch fabric but it's plastic, a very malleable plastic. If you've done needlepoint on plastic canvas, this is nothing like that. It's got the weight of Aida 14-count cloth but is clearly plastic. I would imagine cloth would not hold up to the rigors of a mug, although I don't think the recipient will actually use this as a mug. Knowing him, he'll store pencils in it.
It stitches just like cross-stitch fabric, however. I had this grandiose design for the insert but, after spending 90 minutes stitching, I think my idea is too big. Still, this is fun and it will go very fast. There are but two colors to this project so I don't have to worry about losing a skein and, wonder of wonders, I actually had the color I needed.
This gives me a push to work on the deck chairs. This is the kind of project that lends itself to a Saturday afternoon outside. Put my feet up on the ottoman, a cold glass of water at my side and spend three hours just stitching with the sounds of summer surrounding me.
Beverage: Raspberry Earl tea