In reading comments on my blog earlier today I made note of a couple suggestions I wanted to try in sewing my EPP pieces together.
The first suggestion…
Use a headlamp to light your work. I knew I had an unopened package of headlamps I bought at Costco a couple years ago. And I have to say, this was a brilliant (get it? Brilliant!) suggestion! I mean look at this illumination!
This made a HUGE difference in how easy it was to sew these pieces together.
The other suggestion was that I use the ladder stitch rather than a whip stitch. So I went onto YouTube and found a couple videos demonstrating how to do this stitch in EPP. I chose the one I liked the best and got my materials together for a 1.5 hour zoom meeting I had this afternoon.
I got a good portion of this piece sewn in that meeting and was actually participating in the meeting. And my stitches are looking much better. Some sections are virtually invisible. Other sections look like I was a drunken sailor on a ship in the middle of a hurricane. But I am getting better overall.
And I’m realizing that I might have to do a larger project with these because I’ve almost gotten through all the pieces I basted and I have an entire year of project meetings coming up. I might have to do something more complicated than big old hexis.
There were also several people who recommended needles to use. I’ve ordered some needles that should be here tomorrow so I might be able to try them out tomorrow night.
Before dinner tonight I went out and took a walk around my yard to see how things are doing. My apples are really going gangbusters! These usually ripen around the end of July and I’ll be doing a dehydrator full every night. I usually also make a few batches of applesauce if there are enough apples.
Bender thinks they’re ready to eat now, but they seem a little green to me still.
Bender eats a lot of apples when they fall ripe from this tree.
I’ve shared a lot of photos of roses from around my neighborhood, so I thought I’d share some of my own roses.
Those are some determined roses. I basically completely ignore them.
Oh! Take a look at what I ran across on our walk this evening…
There were some really amazing skies here today. This one was from our afternoon walk as we made our way through the park that’s a couple blocks from my house.
This photo was from our evening walk.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my app’s ability to accurately identify plants. And here I was thinking it was really keeping me on top of things. That’s the last time I’ll tell anyone how accurate it is!
One more day and then a weekend! I’m planning on heading down to Scio, OR, to watch a sheep herding trial. Other than that my weekend is free. I think it’s gonna be a hot one.