In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A little bit backwards

Rather than emptying out the finishing basket, I seem to have added something else to it.

I think I may have to set aside one Saturday to put Christmas ornaments together. As I have been reminded today, it's getting closer faster than you'd think.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

It was a dark and stormy day

I think I should have just crawled back into bed this morning and pulled the covers over my head.

After yesterday's finishing debacle, it was obvious that I needed to do something other than attempt to stitch, but I am stubborn and pigheaded and contrary. I had already decided that Sunday was going to be the day I would spend hours working on the background for Eve in the Garden, so I set her up on the frame stand.

And one of the knobs, which had separated earlier in the week, came apart again. The knob that holds the screw that holds one of the arms is no longer connected to the screw. We had tried gluing it together, but it isn't going to hold. Not even with epoxy.

So I decided to work with the frame propped up on my knees and that was working sort of OK, when the skies darkened. Again. With more rain. And then the power went off. Until about 15 minutes ago. I gave up on trying to stitch gold thread with no illumination. And now it's time to get ready for the week to come.

Luckily I do have something to show for the week-end:

Yesterday the holiday brochure from Colonial Williamsburg arrived,which put me in the mood to dig out one of the Barbara Jackson ornaments I bought at Haus Tirol last year. I still have two more to stitch from that expedition, and the new one from SNS should arrive soon.

Hopefully the sun will arrive soon, too.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

One of those "best laid plans" kind of days

The intention was to work on finishing a project from the finishing basket today.  And then the plan was to blog about getting something else completed.

Epic. Fail.

I totally misread a very important direction in the instructions and cut the finishing fabric incorrectly, and I do not have enough in either the kit or my stash in the correct color to re-do it. So until I am able to acquire more, that project has gone back into the finishing basket.


I did make some progress on Chrysanthemum last night so the stems are all done and I started filling in the flowers.

As to what I'm going to work on tonight, I'm not sure.

Anything that involves carefully cutting fabric is definitely not in the plan.

Friday, October 2, 2015

rain, rain, go away

It is raining again. It has been raining now for two weeks, with the exception of this past Wednesday when a glowing ball of fire appeared in the sky for a brief time--we were told it is called "The Sun"--then it was covered by clouds again.

Joaquin is not supposed to hit our coast, but he has taken care of the severe drought we were in and then some. We have literally gone from severe drought to super-saturated soil in two weeks.

So I plan to stay in and stitch and finish this week-end. I got a good start last night.

The flowers are outlined and I have one stem worked for Chrysanthemums in Autumn, which seems like a particularly appropriate piece to stitch at the moment. I'd like to get the rest of the stems done tonight.

The plan, subject to change at a moment's notice, is to finish another project from the finishing basket tomorrow, then to work on background for Eve in the Garden for the rest of the week-end. Then I'll decide what I feel like doing after that.

Or, as one of my co-workers suggested today, this would be an excellent week-end to live in ones jammies and watch stupid TV.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September? What . . .when?

I turned the page over on the calendar and tried to figure out what I did in September.

Whatever it was, it didn't result in much stitching or blogging.

I did studiously ignore the dust bunnies this past week-end, and managed to get the last accessory piece for Fair Maiden finished:

I am very happy with the whole kit and caboodle, and will now move on to the next project in the finishing basket this week-end. Tonight I'm going to dive into the Fall-Into-Winter basket and see what I come up with.

Hopefully things are getting back to normal in my little corner of the world. I have only one more major project to do at work and Mother is making good progress in her recovery. And Dearly Beloved is much better since his tumble down the stairs at work.

Oh. Yeah. That happened.

Dearly Beloved took a tumble down a flight of stairs at work. Aside from some spectacularly Technicolor bruises, he seems to have survived without permanent damage.  I'll take that back. He has sustained considerable damage. To his dignity.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


I am ready for Fall. Maybe it's the long, hot, dry summer. Maybe it's the fact that the last few weeks have been unusually stressful. Maybe it's the fact that my rut has gotten too deep. Whatever the reason, I am ready for a change. With today being the Autumnal Equinox, aka first day of Fall, it's the perfect time to do something different.

My favorite way to make a change is to rummage in the stash and assorted project baskets. And I have created my Fall-Into-Winter assortment of projects I want to work on.

And they are:

  • Eve in the Garden, of course. 
  • Merry Cox's Dewitt Academy set (last worked on in April--don't know why I stopped)
  • Autumn Jewel, an online class from EGA
  • Jackie du Plessis' September Morn
  • Catherine Theron's A Stitcher's Envelope
  • Chrysanthemums in Autumn from The Binding Stitch
  • and another project which I have agreed to work on but not show on the blog until a time in the future
Week-ends will still be focused on finishing, except for those days I spend with Mother. I will work on Christmas ornaments on those days. Otherwise, I'm going to skip around in this pile of projects for awhile.

Do I expect to finish them all by the Winter Solstice?  Not a chance.

Will I add and subtract from the list? Undoubtedly.

Am I happy about my choices? Completely.

I did get another couple of threads covered with gold thread on Eve this week.

I'm planning to use this part of the project for those days when my brain is dead but my fingers are still twitching. It is very soothing to stitch and I love the way it glitters. And I do have a date stitched in . . .

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Clawing back to normal?

We're still not quite to a normal state around here, but we're working on it!

I had to put in some long hours at work last week, but managed to fit in some stitching late at night. When you're working on a simple background stitch, it is amazing how quickly stress can be alleviated!

There will be a tree in the middle of the cartouche that belongs to the front of the box. Actually, there was supposed to be a tree on the back as well, but I have a feeling that this will be displayed flat more often than not. The tree is worked in silk purl with a raised stitch for the leaves. The more I thought about it, the more I realized the bottom would be smooshed (technical term), so I went with the attribution instead.

There will be more stress-reduction stitching in the future. I've started on the background stitch for the front and the back.

That, dear friends, is two rows of background. It's basically an encroaching Gobelin stitch worked over one thread. I think it's going to be just the mindless work I need for awhile longer. Of course, for viewers, it's about as interesting as watching grass grow and paint dry, but it is what it is. I'm trying to work everything on the project in the order it's given since I have a feeling it was laid out that way for a reason.

And I did get a tiny bit of finishing done yesterday:

On the left is the thread winder holder that goes with Fair Maiden, and on the right is a pincushion-topped container, which I am using to store the waxer that Jackie gave us. I only have one piece left to assemble and this entire set will be complete.

On the Mother Front, this has been a week. The Saint went to the beach for a few days, a trip planned for months and which she well deserved. Mother decided that I need to retire immediately so I could be available 24/7. I explained that I generally enjoy my job, that I'm not ready to retire, and that I will probably work a few years beyond standard retirement age because as long as I work, Dearly Beloved will work and he needs the structure or he will turn into a permanent lump on the couch. Besides, it would take longer than the few days The Saint would be gone to set up Social Security and give notice. This was not acceptable.

I am making a list of things NOT to do when (and if) I become an aged parent. As opposed to the only-slightly-aged parent I am currently.