Monday, 5 January 2015

DCJC Day 5

A third of the way there already and what a lovely surprise! Today's project is my Secret Santa present from work, a gorgeous kit by Lanarte...

When I opened the kit for the first time this evening I found someone had already started it!

I stitched two lengths of thread and am satisfied that my tension is the same as the previous stitcher's and I don't think she made any mistakes, so I'm good to go.

I found myself wondering about her, who she is/was and why she gave up on the project. I'm pretty sure she was a she and not a he as she's written the symbols on the thread card and her handwriting is very feminine.

The fabric and threads do have a slight musty smell so if anyone can recommend a way to freshen them up I'm all ears! But overall it's great quality and I'm thrilled to be the new stitcher of this beautiful chart.

Until tomorrow

Justine 

21 comments:

CJ said...

Hi Justine -

That is a sexy piece. As for the musty smell I am not sure what to do short of washing it.

Heather said...

I say you could stitch it and then wash it after using a mild soap. Or if you live in a place where it's possible stick it out in the sun for a few hours. If you aren't worried about residue you could also Febreze it but I say just wash it when you're done.

Linda said...

Pretty chart Justine.

Linda

Stitching Angel said...

I would wash it when all stitched. Glad that you don't mind getting a kit that was started but hay less for you to do right.

sharine said...

I would leave it out in the sun but face down so the colours dont fade. Great piece :)

Katie said...

Beautiful project. Hope you can get the stink to go away. I have no idea how to help ya out.

Preeti said...

Lovely chart!! I have no idea about the smell but you may try keeping them in a box with some scented sachet. You can still take out and stitch and keep them back again in scented box. But you have to be careful about the color of sachet.

Rachel Tomkins said...

How bizarre! I wonder if your Secret Santa purchaser realized it was not new? I'm not sure I could continue with a project someone else had started so think you're very brave! As for the smell, I'd say just wash it once completed. :)

Sarah in Stitches said...

What a lovely chart! I guess you could try airing them all outside for a day, and then storing them with potpourri or a scented sachet. At least until you can wash it. Good luck! :D

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

Sarah had an excellent idea, try storing it with a lavender sachet. Also, baking soda naturally absorbs odors, so maybe put in a plastic tub with lid and a little bowl of baking soda when you aren't working on it.

Mii Stitch said...

How weird to find out it was already started. It's a great design though, so it's nice of you to take over :)
I think you should wash it when you finish it but in the meantime, let it "air" a bit or try the good old Febreeze! xoxo

Miamina said...

Weird that it was already started, but if you are happy to go with it then great! Washing it once complete is a good way to get rid of smells, likewise storing it in a sealed container with some baking soda or some coffee works as both absorb the odour. Great start though!

Linda said...

What a strange Secret Santa - hopefully you will be able to remove the stale smell and it will look fantastic when finished.

butterfly said...

Beautiful Kit , I would put it outside on a sunny day or if you buy little scented sachet , I keep one in my old Victorian box of lace and another in my birthday cards and writing box makes every thing smell wonderful hugs.

Julie said...

I vote the scented sachet like a few others have. I once bought some linen from a lady and that smelled. Overnight each time I had stitched on it it went into an old pillowcase so it could breathe and it smelled beautifully each time I stitched on it.

Michelle said...

What a wonderful kit - I love it. It reminds me of a character in one of my favourite films 'Under the Tuscan Sun' xx

Country Wife said...

Wonderful start

Brigitte said...

When something is a bit smelly and I can't wash it I put it in a container together with some ground coffee for a couple of days. It usually does the trick.
It's a lovely design that you have received here.

Loretta said...

It is definitely a beautiful chart. Great that you are going ahead with it. Looks like you got some great suggestions to get rid of mustiness. (I will have to remember them.)

Jan Gartlan said...

That's a sweet that you can finish this. It's a chic design

Annette-California said...

Wonderful start! I have bene thinking about this. It sounds like the smell is not pleasant. ONLY if the threads are colorfast and won't bleed heres what I would do:
Take a bowl and add cold water with one drop of dish soap. Swirl the water so you can see some bubble of suds. Then add the fabric in. Just push it down without scrubbing the fabric together. Rinse in cold water. Take a towel lay it flat & lay your adia cloth flat on it. Roll the towel with the adia cloth and press on the roll of the towel. Turn on your iron on high. Place a clean cloth ( I would use a glass towel and place over the wet adia. Iron! Once the glass towel is absorbs the mosture from the adia - remove the towel and just iron the adia till its dry. Should work great. For the floss - give it quick wash in cold water with one drop of dish soap. Rinse the floss. Lay out to dry. All done. Now it will a pleasure to stitch on your wip. Good luck. love Annette