January 31 2011 Monday at 12:30 PM

Stitch FAIL

First Steps - Just like the picture!

On a trip to Seattle a while back, I participated in an SnB at my friend Mary Woodring's. I cracked open one of her many embroidery books and was inspired to try a "crossed buttonhole stitch". Okay! Let's do this!

Next Steps - Um, not like the picture.
Uh...it didn't go so well. And I really, really tried! Head-scratching, looking at the book, looking at my hoop...Mary even came over and we tried to figure it out together and no luck. Sometimes this happens. Can you do a crossed buttonhole stitch? I can't. Not yet, at least.
I *think* the book I'm looking at is an earlier edition of Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (a classic!).