Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bad JuJu

Strike whatever I said before about finally getting to the easy part of Margret Gatis.  Once again, the satin stitch almost did me in. This time it was that pesky little asymmetry problem.  Note the vine where the flowers are growing up from the vine. To the left of the flower stem there are thirteen stitches on the vine. To the right of the stem there are fifteen stitches on the vine.  And of course, I didn't notice until I got to the end of the band and it was too short.  There was not only an unladylike outburst, but much gnashing of teeth.  At this point, my husband asked me to put it away for a while and Otis moved to the other end of the couch.
Do you remember the old Tarzan movies from the sixties where some native jungle tribal member would, in perfect English, tell Tarzan 'do not go there...bad juju'?  Well, my husband says Margret Gatis has 'bad juju'.  He may be right, but I'm too damned stubborn to give up.  So under less than optimal lighting at my mom's house, I did the whole stinkin' band again...successfully, this time. And then I proceeded to the next one which turned out to be fairly uncomplicated.
Now I am in the process of laying the foundation for the cutwork and needleweaving band. I promised my husband that if I had to rip out the same stitches more than once I would lay it aside for a short period of time.  Hopefully, when I have to frog the same stitches a second time I will be able to swallow the swear words so he won't notice that I'm breaking my promise.  Because, as I previously mentioned, I'm too damned stubborn to give up.  Do you see a pattern forming here?


  1. I really want, strike that, wanted MG until I began to see a note of frustration not to mention the unladylike words, gasp, be mentioned on your blog! Nevertheless, Tommye, it is and will be gorgeous and worth it, honest!

    1. Gillie, I don't mean to discourage people from stitching it, but it is definitely a challenge. And I know it will be one I never forget.

  2. As one stubborn person to another--it will happen. If I can get through Band 6 of Ann Scutt, you will defeat Margret Gatis!

    BTW, after looking at your beautiful work, Margret may be moving up my list of SL samplers to stitch this year. Are you a good influence or a bad one? Acccckkkkkk!

  3. Her beauty is worth it Tommye.