Tuesday, March 24, 2015

- Learning the hard way (as usual): The sheeting challenge

I looked back to check, and yes ... there in the very first comment of the very first post on Triangulation was this warning from Beth at Still Life Pond: "Sheeting can be difficult to hand stitch."

But did I listen? No! 

She was right of course and I have learned by doing that sheeting is a challenging cloth indeed. My needle test did not take into account the doubling effect of cloth weaving. Nor did my running stitch predict the challenge sheeting would pose to a fine back stitch.



Still, I'm too far in to give up now.

By the way, I somehow miscounted the squares (which are 1 1/2 to 2 inches to a side). There are 16 rows of 10, not 17 rows of 11. So, having now stitched 40 squares, I'm one quarter of the way through ...


13 comments:

Dana said...

I love how the directional changes in the stitching emphasizes the weaving of the strips, and again makes me think of section lines on a rolling prairie landscape.

Mo Crow said...

I like the transition from lots of stitch to sparser with just the the rivers... lit reminds me of the flying west over the SW into the drought stricken lands of California last year, how all the the grids of fenced irrigated land croplands disappeared into the wild undulations of mountain ridges and dry river systems

Liz Ackert said...

I'd love to say it was intentional, but it is more serendipitous.

Liz Ackert said...

Hmmm ... interesting you should say that. Now I'm pondering how things might change as I go farther west (and oh, a compass rose might be a good idea, too).
Obviously there's not a lot of advance planning here ... is this "Just Going" ???

Heather said...

Beautiful texture! I'd just keep going, as you say.

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks! It's a good thing I like the texture, too ... after responding to Mo I started thinking about why I was doing the Kantha in the first place. That's when I remembered it's needed to hold things together since some of the strips have gaps between them.

patricia said...

the texture and weaving--yes--a huge yes
and i have to also say that this palette is
one of my all-time favorites. seek refuge
in the comfort of it.

Liz Ackert said...

Comfort indeed ... these are the colors of our land. I'm also learning a lot about Kantha as I go along ... finding my own rhythm

Liz Ackert said...

Btw, that line between Tulsa and St Louis is actually I-44 (sorta)

jude said...

lovely stitching. and yes, sheeting is a bitch. it is woven to be smooth and tight. i don't like denim either. too thick.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you and Ha! Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of the sheeting I dyed last fall. Time to get out the sewing machine perhaps.
Of course, I re-learn the denim lesson each time I mend another pair of jeans. But they're worth it.

Wendy @ the Late Start Studio said...

And here I am Liz, belatedly, and enjoying the visit very much . . . so much so I shall return often I think! (By the way, I'm in New Zealand and not Australia.)

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks for stopping by ... and for the geographic correction which has been duly noted. Here's to the future!