I think I’m going to start describing my Lace Sampler as “character building”! My title of “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” refers to my progress, or lack thereof, on my sampler. (See also “Update On Lace Sampler“.)
Last week I picked up my sampler again, determined to make some progress so I could get another post done on it. It seemed to be starting off okay, but it quickly became clear that all was not as it should be. I persevered, and even pulled it back a bit a few times, but I just couldn’t seem to get the tension right. Tension seems to have been the thing I have struggled with the most on this project. I guess it’s because it is so different to anything I have done before.
Anyway, I finally made the call to start over on the new section I had been trying. From my previous attempts at trying to unpick and correct small parts I knew I wouldn’t be able to undo it, so I very carefully “attacked” it with a pair of scissors leaving only the first two rows in place. Even that wasn’t as easy as you might think. To carry the thread down between rows you have to do several tiny stitches and these took a long time to tidy up.
I studied the illustrations and instructions again and worked out that I actually have to place the loops and stitches loosely when laying down each row so that they don’t start pulling. I’m finally getting some more encouraging results.
In spite of my setbacks, and the limited time I have been able to send on this project, I am really enjoying the challenges it is giving me. I have learned heaps of new things already and am sure there is a lot more to learn yet.