Monday, September 13, 2010

Lady of Shalott update

Here she is once again. I'm a little tired of the confetti stitching, especially in the flowers, but I'm still loving the piece. She came out fine from her wash, and I'm using my old crappy stand now. I need to get to the hardware store and look for knobs.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Corrosion from my Gripit stand

I just about had a heart attack when I looked at my stitching today. It had black powder on it. So far it looks like just on the unstitched part is affected. I guess I'll be washing Lady of Shalott before she's finished being stitched (and it won't all come off if past experience is an indicator, but stitching should hide it).I've had this problem before.

In 2007 I noticed black spots on the HAED I was stitching. I couldn't figure out if it was from my magnifier or the stand, though I replaced both the magifier and bolt/nut to be safe. Now I know it's the stand because I don't use the magifier anymore. My husband says the problem is that the bolt is steel, and the nut is brass and eventually gets worn away, making the black powder. I stitch a lot, so you can imagine the amount of use this bolt and nut get.

So just a PSA if you have a Gripit stand -- check your bolts. Gripit is out of business now, or you can bet I'd be complaining. I am NOT having a good day. I want to just toss the stand in the garbage and get a new one, but I can't afford it. I'll be pulling my Walmart special out of storage.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Lady of Shalott update

I'm enjoying this piece a lot, but I must say it's got a lot of color changes, even more than most TWs. One page left to go!

Baking: I volunteered to make cakes for the bake sale at work later this month. I thought about making a chocolate cake and an Italian cream cake. Or maybe two chocolate cakes would sell better. I do make a mean chocolate cake! What do you think? I may also make some cupcakes, as time permits. Fun!