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Meet the Author: Mary Shelley

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While Mary Shelley may not be a household name, for those who have found themselves wandering within the world of classic literature, the story of how Mary came to write her literary masterpiece is almost as legendary as the novel. Perhaps it is because of her young age or the real-life Gothic setting that she found herself in whilst working on the tale. Or perhaps it is because of the other famous names that crop up in the telling of it all. Whatever the reason, Mary's own personal story has become one of great interest over the years. So, let's take a look at the woman who created and unleashed upon the world, Frankenstein .   Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (n ée  Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin) was born on August 30, 1797, to philosophers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. While her father's focus remained largely in the political world, her mother was a remarkably progressive feminist, one of the first, in fact. Her most well-known work, A Vindication of the Rights of Wom

Backstitching, Long Stitches, and Couching for the Frankenstein SAL

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Hello stitchers! I have been thrilled to see so many beautiful finishes for Part One of the Frankenstein SAL on Instagram and Facebook. Thank you for sharing! There have been a lot of questions, however, about the backstitching and long stitches for this SAL, so here is some clarification on the subject. I also created a tutorial for all of our new stitchers that you can find in the video below which includes a tutorial on the couching method that we will be using in Part Two . First of all, for this SAL I used two strands of floss for all of the cross stitching, but only one strand of floss for all of the other detailing . As far as what stitches I used for each element, in the two blocks of Part One, everything is done in long stitches except for the window panes of the house. That means the rain, the ship rigging, and the points of the star above the ship are all completed as long stitches in the model.  The reason I chose to do the window panes as backstitches rather than continuin