In my last post I explained how to calculate yarn yardage needed for plastic canvas stitching. Here’s the breakdown of how that applies to my project, Sprocket’s wrench.
The following chart shows each piece I’ll need to stitch, its dimensions, and what the resulting area is (in ‘holes’).
All that figuring tells me I need 189.18 yards of yarn to stitch the wrench NOT counting any edging or whipstitching to join. Sadly I only had 160y of my first choice yarn, a skein of gray acrylic from my stash. I went stashdiving (virtually, thanks to a long weekend spent entering everything into Ravelry) and discovered 2 other possible gray yarns. Briggs & Little’s Tuffy in Smoke, of which I have 10 skeins, and the gray localspun wool from my frogged Linden. I went initially to the localspun but in the light the natural wool, blended from assorted animals, was overall too creamy for this project. There were a lot of beige tones that wouldn’t work well to represent metal. I’d been hoping to avoid breaking into the Tuffy so I could keep the lot for some other project, but I realized that I’d been holding onto it, unused, for about 10 years now. Time to use it.
I’ve been toting around my bag of project pieces everywhere I went, using every minute of available time to stitch. It’s dawning on me just how close July 4th is, and how ambitious my version of this costume is, and I’m realizing I might have to cut corners somewhere, but using spare time wisely will help me get the most done. So whether I’m waiting for my kids at daycare or sitting in a waiting room or in line at the grocery store, I’ve been pulling out a piece of canvas and stitching wherever I was.
And it paid off. As of yesterday, June 12, the wrench pieces are complete.
All that remains now is to stitch them together into the assembled, 3D wrench/purse.
And then make a vest, goggles, wig, gauntlets, chest plate, belt and boots.
In two weeks.