I always watch TV in the evenings with a needle in my hand! It's fun to slowly stitch Charlotte Lyons' doodle designs. Here are the last three I have completed:
Now for the horror story! I have done about fourteen of these since October, thinking I would use them to make beautiful quilts for my grand-daughters. However, when I steamed these three prior to photographing them, I discovered that the very expensive hand-dyed embroidery floss I was using (for all fourteen) is not color fast! Imagine alarm sirens going off. If you look at the base of one of the vases in the one below, you will see what happened when a random drop of water fell on the left support under the blue vase, causing it to immediately bleed color. Blah! Fortunately, I was able to speak to the owner of the needlework store where I bought the embroidery floss. She assured me that I could fill my kitchen sink with water, add a quarter cup of vinegar, and soak each piece in this to "fix" the colors. She said it works well for most of the colors but that the jewel tones (which are the ones I love) cause the most problems. This was moderately comforting. In addition she assured that there are no colorfast embroidery threads, even DMC, available now because the govt. has outloawed the substance that the manufacturers used to fix the colors of their floss! A good thing to know for future reference.
So, gentle readers, always check color fastness when you buy embroidery thread! It never occurred to me that this floss would not be color-fast because it was so expensive. I fell in love with the gorgeous colors which were way out beyond the usual range of the .99 cent floss. However, even the .99 cent floss is no longer colorfast. It's a humbling experience to realize that I backed myself into a corner from which there is no exit for the jewel tones. I hope this will be helpful to my readers who are fiber fans and embroidresses like me.