Hi Everybody... Robin here. It's April 1, 2011. So far, so good. I remember being pranked as a child and even worse as a worker in a cubicle. Glad today was uneventful.
I did get an email from my friend, Becky Myers. She passed along a helpful hint. Here's the set up: Becky is stitching the characters in the Nativity Home Study. Her eyes were going bonkers while stitching the background. She was having a hard time referencing the charted design to the stitched area.
Becky came up with a wonderful solution. Here are her words:
"I just had such a mental block about the whole pattern and I think those long lines in between each diamond were adding to my frustration so I made each one a different color and then took the white out and marked out the long lines in between each diamond. It only took me 3 canvases to figure this out."This is a helpful hint for anyone doing a composite stitch. Color does seem to help us break complex things down into basic groups. Great tip, indeed. Becky has a blog, too. It's called "I Love Needlepoint." Here's the link. I've also got it added to Our Blog List is growing... Did you know her grandmother was a prize winning baker? Becky includes recipes on her blog, too. It's definitely your One-Stop-Shop for inspiration and information.
Becky also is dear for another reason. Just like the Swallows from San Juan, Capistrano, Becky will give me a friendly little email nudge around the 28th of the month. She's finished with her paperwork, and lets me know she is looking forward to receive/read the e-newsletter. Usually, I will give her a brief update: 8 pages... or something witty. It's nice to know that someone is looking forward to my hard work.
Well, that's it for now. Enjoy your weekend. I'll be in touch soon. Thanks, Robin