In January, I talked about the piece of Schwalm embroidery that I couldn't find and I had to start a new one. I thought that after I finished the new piece I started, the old one would turn up. Well, I've finished the new piece and the old one still hasn't turned up! The "safe place" I put it in was a REALLY safe place.

I have washed the piece and next I need to iron it for the photographs. Then comes the fun part, writing the rest of the instructions. It takes longer to write the instructions than it does to stitch it. But since I started teaching this last spring to my guild, I need to buckle down and write.

Actually, it's not writing the instructions that takes so long, it's drawing the diagrams. I do most of my diagrams in Excel and even though I have graph paper saved in Excel so I don't have to recreate it every time I write new instructions, it still takes a long time to do the diagrams. I also use Patternmaker which is great for cross stitch, but it's not versatile enough for Hardanger or Schwalm. I asked some of the teachers at Seminar which program they use for their diagrams and Easy Grapher and Easy Grapher Stitch Wiz seemed to be the most used ones. So, I'm saving my pennies. Maybe by the time I have saved up enough money, I'll find my lost Schwalm piece. I can always hope.



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