Succumbing To The Unpickening.

Until now, I’ve avoided unpicking on the tree quilt, which has been so very nice. In my early haste to start the foliage, however, I fucked up. I hadn’t picked up the flow yet, and now that I have it, that first section jars, badly. I’ve left it be, telling myself to give it a chance. It keeps drawing my eye, and leaving a bad taste in the brain, so it must go. Every needlesmith on the planet knows the feelings when you meet up with the unavoidable unpickening. Unpicking knots is not as bad as unpicking, say, a raised satin stitch, but it’s not fun, either. Eh, that wasn’t so bad. At least I didn’t rip the fabric!

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  1. voyager says

    Well, shit! I understand the need for it to be harmonious, though, especially after the thousand + hours you’ve invested.

  2. says

    Yeah, I just couldn’t make it work, every time I looked at it, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. Better to have things right.

  3. kestrel says

    :-( Sympathies. A lot of times when I have something like this, I try to think of it as a “design element” and simply repeat it but there are just times that will not work. Sadly. But it’s coming along really well, and looking great. At least this was a small area, relatively speaking. May the rest to smoothly!

  4. says

    Yes, I’m grateful it’s a small area. When I was done with the trunk, I went into the foliage shift proper, and as I paid attention to what my fingers were showing me, it came clear that the foliage needs to be the same way as the trunk -- shapes of colours. In the early bit, it was all chaotic and random, and completely wrong.

  5. Raucous Indignation says

    There is no way I would have been able to tell the difference and if perchance I did notice, I would have thought it was done intentionally, such is your mastery of the craft. Do you need anything? Could I donate threadses or thimvbles or the pointy things you use? I would be delighted to support your work!

  6. says

    Oh, you’ll be able to tell the difference when I have before/after photos!

    Thank you so much for offering, for the moment, I’m good. I have the mass amount of thread gifted to me by Kestrel, and that’s all I need right now! Well, that and a few extra hands would be good. :D

  7. Raucous Indignation says

    My hands would not serve well. I am an internist not a surgeon. I don’t do knots. I only do one procedure with any skill; no knots required. If you need someone to bore neat 0.120 or 0.165 inch holes in something, please let me know!

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