Now that I’m done with my girlie glam from Traci Bautista’s Strathmore workshop, my attention must return to my caterpillar stitch book that I’ve set myself to do. I looked again at Keith Smith’s book (Volume III) as well as at the wonderful online tutorial posted by some generous Aussies. Oh–and I also watched this great video of someone demonstrating the caterpillar.
Yet I was still strangely reluctant to begin. But I am sick of tiptoeing around this, I want to get the book done and its parts off my dining room table, and I need to get it done pronto so I can make a quick trip journal for our long-weekend-vacation that we leave on in one week exactly. So, no more delaying.
But . . . I still wasn’t ready to poke holes and blaze forth. I have decided to be an adult about this and actually do a prototype. In general I never do those–waste of time and materials–but if I screw up my nice book covers, I will be disappointed, so I thought some practice might actually be in order here. I grabbed a piece of scrap kraft card stock and some linen thread I picked up from WalMart for 99 cents, intending it for just such an occasion as this (i.e., one not to waste the good supplies on). I used a candle flame to bend myself a second curved needle, and I used a black Copic marker to color half of the thread black in order to replicate using two different colors of thread. (In reality, I just cut one long piece of thread and put needles on each end.)
Much to my great surprise, this was pretty simple. I think watching the video and understanding that the back of the caterpillar looks like ladder rungs helped a lot. And now I get it that one just continues onto the signatures from the front board (thanks, Risi). Doing the practice was good because I realized that I need to poke my holes a little wider to allow the legs to be longer. I am still not sure how one turns around to attach the back board, but I will go back to Keith’s book and figure that out–although I guess I do have to do that before I start because I need to punch the holes for it. Hmm.
I am encouraged by this!