– Learning the hard way (as usual): The sheeting challenge

I looked back to check, and yes … there in the very first comment of the very first post on Triangulation was this warning from Beth at Still Life Pond: “Sheeting can be difficult to hand stitch.”

But did I listen? No! 
She was right of course and I have learned by doing that sheeting is a challenging cloth indeed. My needle test did not take into account the doubling effect of cloth weaving. Nor did my running stitch predict the challenge sheeting would pose to a fine back stitch.
Still, I’m too far in to give up now.
By the way, I somehow miscounted the squares (which are 1 1/2 to 2 inches to a side). There are 16 rows of 10, not 17 rows of 11. So, having now stitched 40 squares, Im one quarter of the way through …

13 thoughts on “– Learning the hard way (as usual): The sheeting challenge

  1. I love how the directional changes in the stitching emphasizes the weaving of the strips, and again makes me think of section lines on a rolling prairie landscape.


  2. I like the transition from lots of stitch to sparser with just the the rivers… lit reminds me of the flying west over the SW into the drought stricken lands of California last year, how all the the grids of fenced irrigated land croplands disappeared into the wild undulations of mountain ridges and dry river systems


  3. Hmmm … interesting you should say that. Now I'm pondering how things might change as I go farther west (and oh, a compass rose might be a good idea, too).Obviously there's not a lot of advance planning here … is this \”Just Going\” ???


  4. Thanks! It's a good thing I like the texture, too … after responding to Mo I started thinking about why I was doing the Kantha in the first place. That's when I remembered it's needed to hold things together since some of the strips have gaps between them.


  5. Thank you and Ha! Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of the sheeting I dyed last fall. Time to get out the sewing machine perhaps.Of course, I re-learn the denim lesson each time I mend another pair of jeans. But they're worth it.


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