As I mentioned in my previous post I was going to do the HAED Facebook Challenge #3 with Planet Dragons, and it was the dreaded parking. So here's how it went:
My first picture, showing the fabric before the challenge, you've already seen this, pretty much, in my previous blog.
We were allowed to do the whole 10 stitch row at a time, which made me happy since I'm pretty paranoid about the 10x10 squares becoming visible when I stitch, one of the reasons why I preferred cross country stitching. I use a hoop and decided to keep my threads on the needle since I figured re-threading could cause more damage to the thread. I immediately made a mess.
By the time the whole row was done, I'd made an even bigger mess.
So here I am at the halfway point. By this point I've realized two things, one, it's not very easy to park with a hoop, I couldn't really extract my hoop from this project to work on anything else if I wanted to, and I like to take my hoop off each night after stitching. This picture shows the one time I did completely remove the hoop. And the second thing I'd realized is I REALLY don't like parking.
I was having one heck of a time trying to get this done and stay motivated to work on it, but with the hoop trapped on the piece I could either take 20 minutes extracting and reattaching it, or just finish the thing. I can't explain how happy I was to get to this last row, when I could finally put the ends of the threads where they belong.
And finally done!!
An interesting note is that when I normally stitch I go from color with the most stitches to the least, I did it the other way around here. I did the least amount of stitches in the row, then finished with the most. I think I did this to try to get most of the threads at the bottom of the row and more out of my way.
Pattern: Supersized Planet Dragons Max Color
Original Artist: Rob Carlos
Pattern by: Heaven and Earth Designs
Started Stitching: May 31, 2016
Fabric: 25ct. Magic Guide
Floss: DMC 1 over 1
Percentage: 2.7% complete
Pages: 2 of 78 complete
Stitches: 15,382 out of 570,429 complete
Now that I have actually tried parking I can honestly say it is not for me. I'll stick to my cross country, except for any other challenges that may come along. So now my hoop is free and I'm going to finish off part of another project really quick.