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The Easiest and the most complicated

Postby Lyudmila » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:07 pm

As for me, the easiest that I can think of now was "England" tablecloth because I wanted it so much, collecting the charts and putting them together was so breathtaking, that I did not feel tired while stitching it for hours in a row.

The most complicated was stitching from a self-appointed designer's chart which was such a (well, mum taught me not to use the word), that ended in the bin together with the completed owl (the only plus was it was free). Naive Lyudmila hoped that when finished the owl would look like in the picture. But it was good only for frightening people. Later I learnt some "designers" use computer programmes and do not "clean" the chart. So it is all a kaleidoscope.
Since then I have been avoiding and passing by the far away street all sorts of "designers" I have not heard of.

So, What craft works /projects/designs were the easiest and the most complicated/difficult for you? Why? :)]
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Re: The Easiest and the most complicated

Postby Dragonlair » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:27 pm

It sounds like you got one of those patterns that were imported and then not tweaked. They are guaranteed to have lots of "confetti" stitches. "Poor" is too good a word for such patterns!

I find stitching animals to be the hardest. One of the hardest patterns for me to do (although it came out gorgeous) was Ellen's Peacock baby. The changing of colors in that tail just about drove me nuts! I did "Secretariat" (the Triple-Crown winning horse) for my FIL many years ago and it took me a week just to do the mane. Since both of hubby's parents are gone now, that project is back in my house. My MIL gave it back to me a few months before she died. Cats are probably the worst of the pickiness of color changes. That's why I finally gave up on the 20 motif afghan that was a WIP/UFO for more than 15 years.

I think one of the easiest project I eve did was a series of pairs of very very heavy knee high socks with crochet! They're a bear to walk in but they sure keep your feet and lower legs warm. Ask Terri about them (I sent her 2 pair and her daughter and sister each a pair). I have several pair myself but last winter was so warm, I never needed them!

I have had to give up on one craft -- now called "lap knitting" which is actually a kind of loom that you wind the yarn on and then put knots in all the intersections. It got to hard on my hands to keep the tension for both the winding and the knotting. Don't step on a afghan done this way -- those knots are even harder on the feet than the socks! I also have almost given up on latch hook rugs. Pulling tight the knots for each piece has given me tendonitis in both thumbs! I can only do it for short periods and then widely space those periods.

I don't like getting old! I just can't do as much!!!!!!
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Re: The Easiest and the most complicated

Postby Leslie » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:08 pm

for me the hardest craft is shuttle tatting - I just can not get the hang of it.
The hardest cross stitch was the dragon and castle - an early T Wentzler chart that had hand drawn symbols and so hard to decipher.

I think the easiest has been many of the mono colour small cross stitch designs for cards
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Re: The Easiest and the most complicated

Postby Beaj » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:37 am

The hardest is what I'm working on now. My Autumn Blessing from a Cross Stitch & Country Craft Magazine from 1992. What an exasperating challenge this has been...have put this aside a few times ...then had an opportunity to work with a group of ladies who motivate each other to finish our wip's. Well The magazine pattern set up has thankfully improved over the years. The pattern I've been working on has been a frustrating challenge, with back stitch lines on symbols clear idea as to what is underneath....
Tonight I have spent the evening frogging...What a lot of work to take apart many hours of stitching and I had hoped to be done...not good...So off to other things..
The easiest...everything else I stitched so far.. Gi{{
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Re: The Easiest and the most complicated

Postby daisy_lil2000 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:09 am

I'm working on a dragon for a friend who started it many years back for her son but never finished it so I offered to complete it for her, little did I know what I was letting myself in for. It's called "Noon Basking" and I'm pretty sure it has a billion 1/4 stitches in it!!! And as for the chart it's a pain as they have used the same symbols for all the BS on the dragon, just wished they had used different colour lines on the actual pattern it self it would of made life so much easier. Anyway all the cross stitching is now done, just the BS left to do.

As for the easiest thing I've stitched, that's easy it's "everything" compared to this dragon! Gi{{
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Re: The Easiest and the most complicated

Postby Xstchntat » Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:31 am

I think the easiest project was a biscornu.
The most difficult was the "Teacup Sampler" by Stoney Creek that brought me to the EMS site the first time. The butterfly teacup had a whole bunch of half stitches that there was only one of a color! Ugh, bought drove me bonkers. I remember sitting working on it muttering under my breath, "I hate butterflies!" over and over and my daughter walking into the room laughing because my nightgown was covered in butterflies, Gi{{. It was a prize winner when finished, but I will never do that one again!
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