Sunday, July 26, 2015

Merida Segment 5

Three Sundays have gone by, but never fear...Merida IS being looked at and worked on!

Last time we were at this point...

I also post these segments on my DeviantART page and was asked a really good question concerning the fluff that is left over from when I remove bad stitching.

I love that question since it did pose quite a problem at first when I had a few small areas to remove and replace.

The Removal Tool can get some of the larger fluffs, but then I'm left with the messy tiny fluffs.

There was some experimentation going on that I'll share with you today.

Depending on your project, and whether or not you have hairy cats or dogs or other critters in your home that insist their remnants must be stitched into whatever you have going on...Lady Door gets the boot sometimes and I have to shut the door on her as she will leap clumsily onto my work table or desk just to share her beautiful furs with me while stitching...there are a few options.

Lady Door snuggled in for a good night's sleep on MY bed
Option 1 is the obvious option...shave critter and vacuum furiously until all hairs are gone. This is not viable usually so let's try something else (luckily for Door I do not own any shears or clippers..she's not even MY cat! garrrrg!).

Option 2 is the lint roller.  These come in lovely small and large sizes.  The small size is perfect for cross stitch, BUTT! Be careful and be gentle! Sometimes these lint rollers are too tacky or sticky and pull lovely stitches out with careless abandon.

I generally save that lint roller for after the project is finished to make sure the hair is gone before taking pictures.  No one wants to see a hairy they?

Option 3 is usually the best option for small areas and doesn't have any sticky nonsense going on at all!  A small, flat headed paint brush.  Preferably the nylon kind as it's fairly grabby and a little stiffer than camel hair.

Option 4 is to take a piece of scotch tape and wrap it around your finger and press first on one side and then on the other side.  You will still have some fuzzies, but when you replace the stitching, the fuzz usually gets pulled out by the floss.

And there you have it!  A few ideas for getting fluff out of the way to make your cross stitch blemish free!  If you have little things you do PLEASE share them!  I'm always up for learning new tricks.

Merida has a FOREHEAD!

Until next time.....Keep on Stitchin'


  1. She may not be your cat, but you are her human. and that wins out.

    1. I'm really starting to believe that! While I was cleaning up the NCC she kept yelling at me to pay attention to her and getting underfoot!

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    1. Thank you! I'd like to be able to get more done, but this section is so difficult its better I go slowly than speed on through :D

  3. I love how you use these segments to teach such random bits of stitching-wisdom - strangely I never had a problem with that fluff, but now I now how to deal with it if ever the need arises!

    1. Thank you! I've been asked to discuss the differences in fabrics, so maybe next time I will give some info on that...but we will see :D I might do this with the incredibly Koi as that one has some really fun stitches in it that I'm just learning....Ashley is making it as difficult as she can hahahahaha!

  4. Good helpful comments for the furbaby owners :) and good progress too :)

    1. furbabies....closed doors work better but then the scratching at the door and the yowling follows! So I suppose it's tape and toothbrushes and paint brushes and....