Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Sad and Soggy Margret Lawrance


Margret Lawrance is not quite ready for her closeup yet, but this soggy view will have to serve as her official Finish photo. The reds in the lower part of the piece bled when the sampler was rinsed out.

It's interesting--the reds that bled appear to be from the second skein of Anchor floss that was used. If anyone hasn't yet gotten the message that colorfast is kind of a squishy term, learn from this! One skein appears to be OK, one was not OK.

The sampler has now been soaking since Friday morning. It's now early afternoon Monday. I'm thinking I see some improvement, but there is certainly still bleeding visible.


At some point, I'll let it dry and see how things look. I'm trying to remain optimistic.

10 comments:

Margotatau said...

This could be your spin on creating a reproduction sampler. Many old samplers had bleeding colours. Your linen looks mottled so you could say you meant it and look very clever. :)

Debbie Bauer said...

Kathie your stitching is perfect. Your sampler is beautiful even with the red bleeding!

Nicola said...

Kathie I have felt for you so much since you first posted on FB about the run.

Your sampler is still beautiful and this adds a little history to it. I am sure that unless you knew you would not notice.

donnacrafts said...

Very discouraging. It is still very pretty though. I can certainly sympathize with you..

Stitch Wizard said...

It does look much better. It is beautiful too and like Nicola said it adds history to it. It looks pretty looking at the whole thing and you have to look really close to even see that you had a problem with it.

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Cindy L said...

I know how upsetting you felt but your stitching is beautiful! I hope you still frame it and proudly display it. Someone said many designers dye their fabric for that mottled look.

Bethany said...

You might even try placing some wet-cut pieces of the bleeding floss around the finished sampler. By doing this, you may get more red spots in other areas of the sampler and then it will look more mottled and not just in the areas where there is stitching..... I love the look and what a story to tell and great advice to anyone wanted to wash their finished pieces...

Jenny said...

Margaret is just beautiful, Kathie. I agree with the others, this just adds history to the piece.

Tommye said...

Love it! Well done.