Sunday, January 12, 2014

Accidents and framing on Slow stitching Sunday

The sun is shining and the temperatures are seasonal for Ohio in January - it is a good day. A better day than yesterday when I discovered that I had accidentally dyed/distressed the BBD cross stitch piece I am working on.


Since last week I've worked a bit on the house as the yellow threads arrived in the mail. Look at the top of the piece and to the right side of the piece...see those dark wavy splotchy lines... that is diet pepsi. Who knew it would give the linen such a vintage vibe?  Now earlier in the week I spilled a diet pepsi off the table next to my stitching chair. I saw it run down the bag that held my Quaker Diamond piece and congratulated myself on having protected this project. What I didn't see was the bag containing this  BBD My Home from the Maria Selby Humphrey booklet was not completely sealed. When I got back to this project yesterday I saw the stain (insert bad bad 4 letter words here). I immediately tried to rinse it out but it is set in. Whenever I try to dye things with coffee or tea I never get it to set. However, I'm ok with it. I like the vintage vibe and I'm not going to restitch what I've done. I know that diet pepsi is probably not best thing for linen. And years from now when I am dead and gone it will probably rot in that space, but I will be gone and it isn't a masterpiece project. Now if this had happened to my BBD Anniversaries of the Heart I'd be headed for a padded room somewhere with restraints. But for this piece, it is okay. I still love this little piece and with any luck it will be complete in a couple of weeks. Oh the booklet didn't fare well either. Still legible but with a definite lumpy bumpy appearance.

Onto prettier things... this is Song of Spring by BBD. I got it through the Ladies Prim club from Dyeing to Stitch. Check it out here.


I ended up making this house more yellow and replaced the bunny in the original piece with a polka dot chicken. LOVE IT!


And I'm very happy with this frame. It is black on the outside edge but fades into a lovely soft gold up next to the stitching. This is going to hang on the wall as you go down to my sewing room. I have a collection of samplers with yellow houses on that wall and it will be a great addition.

Happy stitching-
carol fun

17 comments:

  1. Glad to hear the sun in shining where you are - it is here too and it's wonderful!

    Have you thought of coffee/tea/pepsi dying the whole BBD project when you're done? That could have not been a nice surprise and I hope everything else in your bag was protected.

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  2. With all the variances in hand dyed linen these days I think the oopsie fits right in. Love your framed piece, so pretty and the chicken is such a wonderful way for you to personalize it.

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  3. With all the variances in hand dyed linen these days I think the oopsie fits right in. Love your framed piece, so pretty and the chicken is such a wonderful way for you to personalize it.

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  4. Have you tried a dish soap, such as Dawn to try to remove. Or as Jackie suggested, you could try dying all of it. Your Song of Spring is beautiful.

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  5. Who knew that Pepsi was better for dyeing than coffee or tea! This will be gorgeous - and a great story!

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  6. No pain,no stain! I think it looks just fine Carol.

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  7. Nice crosses stitches, with the added extras. Good designing!

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  8. I am a huge fan of " go with it ". I would leave it as well. Love the framed piece. I have it ready to go and your finish will inspire me to do it sooner than later.

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  9. I am a huge fan of " go with it ". I would leave it as well. Love the framed piece. I have it ready to go and your finish will inspire me to do it sooner than later.

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  10. Sorry to hear about your Diet Pepsi mishap but it will give your piece character. Love you framed BBD with the changes! I have a thing for yellow houses too. They are so cheery! :)

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  11. I think the diet Pepsi makes a nice statement! What are the colors of gold/yellow that you use? I always enjoy them in your projects.

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  12. You do lovely work. Such beautiful projects!

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  13. This oops I'm guessing resulted in more than under-your-breath cursing, but overall can't be said to have ruined it!

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  14. Oh my goodness... I hate to laugh at your accident, but that tickled my funny bone! I think it adds great character to your stitchery and is a wonderful story to go with it!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

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  15. Had you not said anything about the oops, I would have thought it was an overdyed linen! Love, love, love that frame on your BBD piece!

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  16. Love your framed BBD piece! Love the chicken.
    The stain doesn't look that bad. You can always tea dye the whole piece when you finish :)

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