Tuesday, August 14, 2012

lunch lady land...

i worked on the queen's hair and with the help of diana from my lns, we decided that a varied version of the buttonhole stitch would look fitting for the snood, or woven hairnet. 

Susan Roberts needlepoint nutcracker stocking

the tent stitch on her hair worried me at first, i thought it would look too plain. i'm glad i didn't listen to my gut because the buttonhole overlay is the star, and the hair is just a supporting role. 

Susan Roberts needlepoint nutcracker stocking

Susan Roberts needlepoint nutcracker stocking

after picking myself off the floor following le bead meltdown...and with jane's encouragement, i came to the conclusion that trying to add beads on the bodice was too much. one of the issues that i've been forced to come to terms with is that there are so many opportunities for decorative stitches and complicated techniques, but there's a very delicate balance on when to use them.

sometimes the simple option is the best one. like using memory thread for the laces, and securing them with a bit of krenik. i can't over-think the stitches and i can't stress out if the right answer doesn't appear to me instantly. 

only one more piece of her dress before we move on to the next destination!

ps. if you are confused by today's blog title, please watch this masterpiece by sandler and farley. i had this stuck in my head the whole time i worked on the hairnet. enjoy!


  1. I like the snood. Stressing out if you aren't happy about an element makes no sense. The best stitcher I know once told me the more I rip out, the better a stitcher I will be. I think that applies here. The rip out journey keeps us moving along what Shay Pendray calls Stitching Towards Perfection. We'll never achieve Perfection but I think we do learn to follow our instincts, rip out and refine our knowledge of what is likely to work. It looks great and you are going to have fun finishing the stocking. That's what counts.

    1. this project has definitely been an education in following my instincts and being ok with ripping out! thanks for the words of wisdom!

  2. Hi Katherine,
    Oh, the Queen is beautiful. The snood is perfection. Do not over think just go with your gut instincts. I have the same problem about over thinking and am trying to stop.

  3. It looks beautiful and you are so lucky to have someone guide you as to what to put over the hair. I never would have known to do that and I really don't have a teacher close by to guide me. I'm on my own.