I do not know how anybody, anywhere, finds the patience to do all that hand stitching. I could see if the stitching was of normal difficulty. It just takes a long time, you spend hours puttering along, do it while you watch TV, whatever. BUT NO. The thread is so freakin thick that pulling it through 2 layers of jersey requires a pair of pliers for every stitch. Plus, the fabric rubs on that fat thread and encourages it to unwind, making a twisted, tangled mess that has to be straightened out... every stitch. Kill me now.
|This is an actual photograph of me sewing the %@#$*! Alabama Shirt. Note my red eyes of rage.|
For my WIP-busting extravaganza this month and on the recommendation of a fellow guild member, I took another whack at this project last week, armed with beeswax for my tricksy thread. I waxed the heck out of that thread. It took care of my twisting problem in a kind of amazing way, but those pliers were still unfortunately required. I looked at the project, I looked deeply into my soul, and I decided the shirt either had to be altered or scrapped. With a joyful heart, I used embroidery scissors to clip out what little stitching was there. Now I just have to sew up the stenciled layer up and I can call it done. Hooray for progress(?)!