So I was merrily stitching along on Tulips and Rose and I realized that I had done a terrible thing.
I finished a large section of Rosie's fur with the same stitching that I used for the tulips.
Aaarrrrrrgggggghhhhh! It was particularly noticeable when compared with the correct Rosie's fur stitching. I did take a moment and think, "well.... I could just leave it. No one but me will know what it was supposed to look like." But I couldn't.
Even DH, who entered my lair as I was grousing and mumbling profanities, agreed. "You can't leave it," he said. "It will bother you forever," he added helpfully . AAARRRGGGHH!!
Of course, black thread on black fabric is a teensy bit difficult to see. And as anyone who has ever ripped out quilting stitches knows, thin thread is especially awful to remove.
So that evening, was I comfortably ensconced on the couch watching TV? Sitting on my can reading my book? Happily doing anything? No! I was bent over the ironing board with a seam ripper, tiny scissors, and a pair of tweezers picking out stitches. I discovered that the ironing board was a pretty good place to do this because, first of all, the light is good in my studio. Second, it provides a firm surface and I could flip the quilt back and forth to snip and rip. And third, it provides something against which to lean my tired self.
I'm pretty sure I heard the studio gecko snickering...
I used the dog hair remover roller thingy to gather up all the loose thread (sadly, it was not useful for threads that were not already loose).
I estimate that I probably spent twice as long reverse stitching as I did stitching it twice. Was it worth it? Absolutely.
Yeah, I know that it's hard to see the difference. But guess how much fun it was to try to remove all those threads.
So now I'm a little stuck on the eyes. I'm not sure how to do the thread. Usually, when I paint them, I don't use any thread on them. But I'm thinking that the appliqué needs some thread to anchor it. Does anyone have any suggestions?