I showed this stitching to my son who tried to pick up the pen. My job here is done!!
I haven't pressed it properly ( actually - I haven't pressed it at all ), so apologies for the wavy appearance.
It represents a page from a child's French writing practice book, complete with teacher's corrections - and a ink splat. It appealed to me, but I am not sure how to finish it. I am thinking it would make an excellent slip cover for a note book, but this is a finish I have never tried before. Still, as a teacher I must have covered a million books with paper, really - a million - easily, so that must give me a bit of an insight into how to begin.
OK, I am going to tell you something.
I wasn't going to, but I will.
This was almost finished and only needed my name and a date adding. So, with determination this morning, I put it into a small hoop, ready to complete it.
I began to sew, and immediately panicked because my eyesight seemed to have deteriorated overnight. I was poking about in the back of the work, unable to hit the hole I was wanting. It was awful. I thought 'This is it then, the end of my sewing, I just can't do it anymore'.
I changed the needle, maybe that one was blunt, no difference.
I plodded on but it took an absolute age.
Finally it was finished and I took it out of the hoop.
Mmmmm - eyes not blind. Needle not blunt.
Sewing doubled up in hoop giving two layers of fabric.
Idiot!!! I couldn't bear to frog and repeat so I just treated the second layer like waste fabric and picked it out thread by thread.
Anybody else make basic beginner mistakes like this? I thought not!