Sunday, March 11, 2007

Part 1 of My Redwork Mystery: I am out of Mail Jail

I am officially out of Mail Jail (translation: all of Part 1 of my Redwork Mystery are in the mail! All by Priority on March 9 , 10 and 12).

As you receive your copy, please notice the different sections of Part 1: the color copy of Part 1 (the same photo on my website), and Oversize Graphs A, B and C folded around a stapled booklet.

Remove the staple and notice that the booklet divides into 2 sections: the Instructions for Part 1 and a Stitch Glossary. I recommend you slip all pages into sheet protectors and store them in a looseleaf notebook. The Stitch Glossary is a very important part of this project, for it is the reference for all 8 mystery windows. Be sure to store it carefully; you will refer to it constantly in the months to come.

To start: read the "box" on the cover, gather together the supplies listed on page 1 and follow the "To Start" instructions also on page 1.
With Oversize Graph A in front of you, work Step 1 A as directed, then proceed through the booklet, step by step.

So far I have 4 errors to report.
(1) In the early copies of Part 1 I listed the red floss as Anchor #1009; it should be Anchor #1005 and I corrected it in most of the copies. If your copy is an early one, please correct the number.
(2) And Zeena Maclean discovered a typo: the word "stitch" on page 10.
(3) And the correct number of skeins of floss is 6 (not 8).

(4) Cora Howe in Sacramento wrote the following: "I believe I found a small graphing error between Oversize Graph A and C. On the left side bricks on Graph A the bricks are one thread lower than on Graph C."
My answer: Follow Graph A which has the whole cottage on it.
If someone has followed Graph C, don't worry -- it will work out fine.
Let's write the worst case scenario: Say you followed Graph C and the whole cottage ended up one thread higher.
The worst consequence: the cottage may be one thread taller and the chimneys will be one thread closer to the top border.
Not a problem.

Please continue to watch My Blog postings. I will write updates as I hear from all of you.

Meanwhile, be sure you take The Thread Test (described in my posting "Supplies for My Redwork Sampler") before you begin work.

Enjoy!
Gay Ann

7 comments:

Zembroider said...

Be fun to put the cat from the Redwork Cat sampler in one of the windows. I don't think Cat on a Red-hot roof would work.
I'm enjoying the sampler.
Zeena

Nancy said...

I can't wait! I am SO ready to start!

Gay Ann Rogers said...

Hi Zeena and Nancy,

No Cat, no Tin but the red does indeed make the roof HOT!

Both of you, enjoy!
Gay Ann

JeanDeH said...

I am loving it! It is so much fun to try to guess what will be in the 1st Surprise box. And I wish I didn't have a day job so I could work on this many more hours. But 4 hrs. each evening will have to suffice for awhile. Thanks so much, Gay Ann.

Jean
Denver

JeanDeH said...

I am loving it! It is so much fun to try to guess what will be in the 1st Surprise box. And I wish I didn't have a day job so I could work on this many more hours. But 4 hrs. each evening will have to suffice for awhile. Thanks so much, Gay Ann.

Jean
Denver

JeanDeH said...

I am loving it! It is so much fun to try to guess what will be in the 1st Surprise box. And I wish I didn't have a day job so I could work on this many more hours. But 4 hrs. each evening will have to suffice for awhile. Thanks so much, Gay Ann.

Jean
Denver

cherron said...

This is just a perspective question. On page 6 you Step 2 A (4) Left Side of Cottage; you show the stitches slanting from tp left to bottom right and vise-versa for the right side .. i.e. top right slanting to bottom left. The picture shows the stitching for the left side to be as graphed for the right side of the cottage; (that is unless you are stating the left side of the cottage as if you were standing in the front door facing out.) I am following oversize graph A for slant of stitches. I also noticed that you graphed the bushes as if you were in the yard looking toward the front door - hence bush on left pg 8 and bush on right page 9.

These blips do not cause any harm, but just thought you might like to be aware of them. Enjoying working on the piece and ready to start the surprise window. Should be bunches of fun.