Yesterday evening, having stitched on Mary Wigham all day I had one of those heart stopping, stomach churning, scary moments! I was about to start the last big motif along the top edge. In order to do so I needed to reposition my hoop. Then it suddenly struck me that it wasn't going to fit! So I did a quick count up of the stitches from the chart and the number of stitches I could fit on the fabric, it was close, very close, I have about 1 1/2 inches to spare. As you can see from this photo.
So where did I go wrong? My fabric measures 24" x 24" which is the recommended size for 32ct linen. So this should give me 4" to spare as the design size is approx 20" x 20". This should give me 2" clear all the way round. So why did I measure in 4" from the top AND the side edge instead of 2"? What a doom brain! Fortunately the stitch count for the height is less than the width so I should have more to spare on the bottom edge.
This is the first time I have started anything from a corner, I usually start from the centre. All I can say is that I appear to have been VERY lucky and I won't be making that mistake again!
Anyway, on a brighter note I finished the August Calendar from Mill Hill last week.
I'm off to have a quick stitch on White Nights before tea. This is where I left it last time.
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