Do you have a "Good Enough" rule?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Do you have a "Good Enough" rule?
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Sat, 09-08-2012 - 12:35pm

Something that you "bail" to when the stitching bogs down in details, or you are in a time crunch, or...?

I odn't know if y rule is a "Good enough" rule or just a "forget it anf fudge" rule, but I seem to have to employ it on just about every big project I do... A miscount here, a miscount there, that I find well after too much has been stitched to rip it out (if I find it at all --- I marvel at how many of my miscounts simply can't be found!) , and I revert to fudging the pattern to make it fit in around the miscount. Sometimes, this fudging is easy --- many times, it creates ripple effects so the fudge requires fudging! 

To be really "good enough"< I need to learn to count better! LOL



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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 12:01am

I don't really have a good enough rule. But when I was working on one corner in the Jane Zimmerman piece and I had taken it out 7 times trying to get it correct, I finally decided that I had done the best I could and it was going to be that way.I am person who will take something out once or twice but not past that!

Sometimes I do have to compensate for my mistakes and I have also learned to overcome some of my difficulties. I am really counting challanged! I have found that I can't count to 2 accurately!! So I am using a quilting pencil to count the grid in the kimono that we are doing. If I make a mistake then I can erase my error and do it right. Now do remember that I had to start the outling over because I made a huge error that couldn't be worked out when I started the design on the wrong part of the congress cloth and didn't have enough space to do the entire design. That is really the first time that has happened to me!

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Sun, 09-09-2012 - 12:15pm

Oh yeah --- I so know what you mean. I knitted a lacy mohair afghan for MIL way back when and liked it so much I did one for myself. Somehow, in teh long row of dropped stitched and yarn-overs, I got off by one stitch and my lacy squares were not squares but parallelograms! If I hadn't done the first one perfectly, who would have known? LOL

Unless one is knitting/crocheting/embroidering for a designer's model, I guess being perfect isn't critical so long as the idea of the peice is still protrayed. Of course, in sewing/knitting/crocheting garments, being "Good Enough" has a whole different context, don't you think? becasue fit matters...

 



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Registered: 05-23-2001

I have a "good enough" rule too.  But it does depend on several things - how far back the mistake goes, whether it is going to throw off any symmetry, if it can be fairly easily compensated for, who/what I'm stitching it for, etc.  I've definitely learned that it's better to park my threaded needle and stitch the next color rather than try to count over much distance to use up the color on my needle.  That just seems to be asking for trouble in my case.  That was what happened on my SF Panorama picture where I got off one thread on my linen rather than one stitch!  Definitely had to rip that all out - especially since I was planning to enter it into the Fair.  The project I'm working on right now has a zig-zag border all the way around a text area & I've had to undo things several times because it looked like I was off somehow & I knew I would need to be perfect to get it to match up when I got all the way around.  But I was sucessful!  I think I'm going to have to be really careful on this one because it's pretty geometrical.  Oh well, good practice for me, right?  It's a canvas work piece too, which I have done very little (almost none) of, so as a learning piece it's good to try to do it right.  But soft floral designs with lots of colors.... I'll fudge the heck out of - LOL!!!

Liz

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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 11:27am

Ouch on the one thread! That happened to me on the one I'm stitching now but since it's a sampler with individual motifs, I'm hoping I can disguise it...

Borders that have to meet up properly are h-e-double hockey stitcks for me. Constantly ripping out on those... and even gridding ebfore hand doesn't help me 'cause often my gridding is off as well if it's a big piece! I simply cannot count, let laong follow a straight line!



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