The only crafting I managed to do this week was to spend a few hours cross stitching my Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher:
I'm loving how it's turning out. That said, the body and the branch are tedious to stitch, and I know there are mistakes - some I ripped out and did over, but some are just going to stay and I'll be the only one who knows they're there (even though I wouldn't be able to find them myself).
I'm also understanding now why people invest a lot of money in a decent stand (to hold the frame the piece is on). While the frame above is small-ish and isn't heavy at all, any type of frame (even a hoop) can get tiring to hold. And with so much detail in a piece like this, and because I remove my glasses for the close-up work, it all just becomes very cumbersome to shift my focus from the fabric to the pattern while holding onto a frame.
So I'm going to be doing some homework and studying what's available, comparing stands to what my true needs are, and hopefully I'll find one that works well for me.
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