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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

WIP

Antonia is coming together and it is thrilling to discover how she did it as I analyze her sampler line by line, stitch by stitch.  Designers encounter "frogs" all the time, but I think I'm on to her now.  Onto another topic- needles. There must be a chemist in our midst.  When I posted the words of Antonia's sampler on this website many Spanish speaking friends interpreted for me.  Can any of you explain why certain needles dissolve in some hands, and work forever in others? The best needle ever made, in my opinion, was "My Favorite Needle".  They are gone now, but thankfully I hoarded three of their hand made stainless steel needles, with the perfect touch to the tip, sliding through the linen effortlessly.

13 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh my! Antonia is pretty! I love hearing your stories of your trials and tribulations with designing and reproducing. As for needles, here's another part of the mystery. I used to be one of those people whose needles went all tarnished and stained. But that was years ago. I've been able to use needles without such problems for a long time now. Maybe because I end up breaking the eye of the needle before the tarnishing can happen?

FlyawayJil said...

Thanks so much for sharing your work in progress, Marsha. It's exciting to see how this is developing.

Krista said...

Seeing your method for reproducing samplers is so interesting. Antonia looks to be a real beauty. For needles, I use double pointed needles which I think I am in the minority.

Lanie said...

This looks like a beautiful sampler! I've tried many brands of needles along the way. Currently I'm stitching with size 28 Bohin and I like them!

Kevin said...

Gorgeous sampler you've chosen to stitch! I also seem to have a problem with needles. I notice with the gold needles, they only remain "gold" for maybe a week. I'll look at my needle at times and think, "Wasn't I using a gold needle earlier?" because they change from hold to silver! Must be somewhat of a reverse King Midas here. Lol.

Carol said...

The acid in my skin turns needles black fairly quickly.It comes from eating a lot of citrus fruit in winter and tomatoes in summer, at least that's what I've been told.

Nicola said...

Antonia is so beautiful Marsha, when will she be ready for us to stitch.

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

I am the same as Carol. Hey-Carol!

However, I had to stop eating too many tomatoes & citrus for other reasons and I still produce a lot of acid in my skin.

I get up from stitching every hour to wash my hands. No kidding.

I like the 28 Bohin.

Love this sampler Marsha.

Jenny said...

Antonia looks like such a beautiful sampler. It is so much fun to see your works in progress.

Kathy said...

Marsha, thanks for sharing your work on Antonia. It's kinda neat to see how your go about reproducing a sampler. As far as needles go for years I used the John James. Now I use the Bohn and luckly I don't have a problem with any turning. Sorry I can't help.

SallyFr said...

Another delightful SL chart in the making, wonderful.

I have been told that the skin acidity of the user affects needles and their performance.

It seems that many needles are now being manufactured in China. I have come across needle shanks bending, eyes of the needles snapping in half and gold plated ones losing their gold finish within a matter of weeks.

When I was young - (I can hear some of you groaning, at least I am not writing 'During the war') - needles were made to last.

Scarlet Letter said...

These comments are so interesting. Individual chemistry is quite mysterious to me, as I am the Queen of Lycopene and have never had issues with needles melting, tarnishing or snapping. Last summer I had fifty heirloom tomato plants in my garden and everything was eaten before it could make it to the canning kettle! Of course my skin turned bright pink...

Fiona said...

Antonia looksstunning, really looking forward to seeing her in all her glory. I use whatever petite #28 needles I can get. Sometimes they can last for a long tije and other times I snap them within a couple of hours.