January Challenge – Day 8

I had a really bad night’s sleep with my throbbing leg (compliments of my buggered back), and ended up sleeping in later than I expected to today, which means I didn’t bother braving the traffic to go to Ikea today – I absolutely detest trying to find a carpark at that shopping centre, so I’ll go if I can leave early and arrive around opening time.  Seeing as I still felt a bit run over during the day, I spent the entire day sat up in bed in front of the electric fan with needle in hand with project #8 of the January challenge.  This is probably the first one I’ve been quite happy to put down after a number of hours working on it – the fabric is a standard Dimensions kit cardboard Aida, and doesn’t make the stitching particularly pleasurable (I should’ve tried washing it first, but didn’t think about that until it was too late!).  Anyway, here’s my progress from today:

After putting Tiger Reflections to one side, I started another new start, this one an old Christmas ornament by CCN called Winter’s Eve – hopefully I’ll get chance to finish this one over the next couple of days, as it’s relatively simple and easy stitching 🙂

And that’s it for me for the evening – time to get back into bed, although I can’t guarantee there’ll be much more stitching done this evening!

5 thoughts on “January Challenge – Day 8

  1. No, don’t wash the stiff Aida before you stitch it, I remember trying this years ago, and what happens is that it shrinks and all the holes close up and you cannot see where you should be stitching at all. At least that’s what happened to me, it was not fun.

    sorry to hear you are not well, but at least you’ve made good use of the time.

  2. I was going to say you could still wash the Aida, but after reading Ally’s comment, I would say no! Maybe if you just misted it a bit? So that you loosened the starch but not so much that it would shrink and close the holes? Anyway, the ornament looks like it’s going to be beautiful and you got so much done! Congrats!

  3. My advice would be to dampen it with a sponge then iron it dry immediately.
    I currently have a friction burn on my wrist from stitching on to stiff Aida!! That’s the last time I use a big piece of Aida, evenweave all the way for me now.

  4. I can’t stand to stitch on Aida anymore after discovering linen! Maybe ironing it with some steam would help?

    I hope your back feels better soon 😀

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