End of June

Hello stitching friends!

Last Saturday I started Eleonora Cosci by Gigi R.  The instructions are 12 pages long and I finished 2 pages by Friday night.  This is a really fun project so far.  🙂


I tried using my Needlework System 4 stand on her yesterday.  I have a love/hate relationship with this stand.  At first, I loved it 100% of the time.  But then the metal rods by the q-snap clamps turned black and ruined a piece of fabric.  My husband tried cleaning them with everything under the sun and nothing worked.

I called the manufacturer, who had never heard of such a thing.  Well, I turn needles black, so why not my stand?  He kindly sent me a second set, and those turned black too.  I questioned whether it was something in my house, but he said no — especially since they were located one county north of me (at the time.)

He replaced these with an experimental set of black rods (and I sent back the newest metal ones so he could see them.)  While these have not turned black, they do render the stand unable to open to the full 17 inch width, and I am a Big Project Stitcher.

So Eleonora was in the stand yesterday and it was putting too much torque into my left shoulder (remember, I am hypermobile and still have a broken rib.)  One of the q-snap clamps (left side) is fairly dysfunctional and needs a screw driver to tighten and the strength of Hercules to loosen.  Well, in trying to remove my sampler from it, the q-snap clamp bit down and tore two holes in my linen.

My older son said,  “What is this, the third or fourth piece it has popped holes into?!  Get rid of this thing!”

It’s in the garage now.  I tried to sell it once already but no takers.

Eleonora has TWO holes in the linen, one about an inch away from the stitching and one a little farther away.  Needless to say I was so ANGRY.

Now I am just disheartened.  I want to keep working on her and I don’t.  This was a huge custom cut of 36 count linen and with all the stitching already done on it, I don’t want to start again.  I’ve already gone through almost a full skein of the overdyed red and would have to re-order (and worry about dye lots.)

Stuff happens for a reason and I guess I have learned my lesson the hard way.

I hope your stitching week was better than mine ended up!

I’m off to stitch and watch the 6 Hours at the Glen.  Happy stitching!



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