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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I have been a total slug tonight, but there have been stitching-related activities going on despite that.

Last night I started working on the lid for the Fair Maiden Etui.

When I started putting this together, I very carefully pinned all the bits together to make sure everything was the right size before I started sewing.

Except the lid.

It hangs over just a bit.

Technical terms were used to describe my heartfelt feelings on discovering this.

However, a workaround has been determined. You will notice the vintage button on the front. I plan to sew the lid on and work a hedebo ring that will loop around the button and hold the lid shut.

So I still have to do all that and make the fancy handle from ribbon. I discovered tonight that even the Dazor isn't as good as daylight for working those teeny little stitches, so that will all happen this week-end.

Sarah Williams has also seen some time. She now has a butterfly zooming downward. There will be another on the opposite side.

And the mail carrier has been kind this week, although he delivered my packages to a neighbor, and hers to me. Luckily we were able to straighten it out fairly easily, but we both may be stalking the mail carrier for a different reason than usual. (Actually, we think he's a substitute, but it seems like anyone can tell the difference between an "8" and a "9.")

I have added some limited edition silk wrapped pearl purl to the stash for my Cabinet of Curiosities. As a friend remarked, if you're going to do a lot of plants and trees and shrubs and flowers, you need lots of shades of green in a variety of forms. And there is bound to be a need for a very pale, pale pink.

And the kit for the new Casket Toy from Amy Mitten arrived.

Such luscious stuff! Such a gorgeous design! I am attempting restraint since I have a stack of things I want to stitch and finish before I dive back into the 17th century full time.

Which means I should not spend the evening being a slug in front of the TV or computer screen or both. I need to get that electric needle plugged in!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Catching Up

As I predicted, I did not thread a needle while I was away from home for a business trip.

I may have made up for it yesterday.

The Fair Maiden Etui now has a drawer:

It also has tassels and cords.

What it needs now is a top and a handle with embellishments. That may be today's task.

And why am I so motivated to finish this project?

The finishing directions for Briar Rose have been posted, and the scrims to adorn it arrived while I was away.  And I would like to get one project off my work surface (aka kitchen table) before I put another one on it.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sarah Williams

I've been asked exactly which sampler I worked on last night. This is Sarah Williams, a reproduction by  The Essamplaire.

My father's family came here from Wales a couple of hundred years ago, and this is the only Welsh sampler that I'm familiar with. I started it awhile back, then, as usual, was distracted by something else. It has been languishing in the stash room since.

The blog may be silent for a couple of days. I have to go out of town on a business trip. Although I am packing needlework--can't leave home without it!--I doubt that I will have a chance to thread a needle.

And of all the times to have to be out of town. There is good mail coming my way, and I won't be home to get it. Dearly Beloved has been alerted to stalk the mail carrier in my behalf.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ancient History

Tonight I wanted to work on something that required nothing more than the ability to count fairly accurately and to stitch neatly.

I didn't want anything that required knowing how to execute 17th century embroidery techniques, or to wield a sharp needle, or to think about how to engineer a finish.

I just wanted to stitch.

This sampler has been aging in my stash for about twenty years. I am embarrassed to say it is not alone.

It has a very sweet strawberry border, and that's what I'm working on.

It is very soothing to stitch.

I may stick with it for a day or two.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Getting Back to Normal

I can stitch again!

I woke up very early this morning and nothing was twingeing, so I stitched in all the flowers on the Fair Maiden needle roll. Now I need to work the leaves and sprigs around them, but I'm not going to tempt fate--I'm going to take a break and do other things.

I guess rest was the best thing to do. Friday I did not touch anything once I got home from work. Actually, I sat like a slug in the wing chair and watched black and white episodes of The Avengers--the 1960's spy series with Patrick MacNee and Diana Rigg, not the Marvel super-hero one.

Farmer's Market on Saturday morning--and while we did score some really nice tomatoes and peaches, the heat and lack of rain is starting to affect the fruit and veg situation.

Baby Girl arrived midday for a flying trip. She and I went to see Ant-Man, which was rollicking good fun, then we got gussied up, more or less, and went to a baby shower for her BFF. It was a lovely evening. I really like the fact that the guys are now involved in the whole baby thing. This was sort of along the lines of a family reunion for BFF's husband's side of the family, so we had multiple generations and both men and women (and a few younger cousins in and out) for the event. Dearly Beloved and the two grandfathers-to-be were quite taken with some of the new stuff available for baby care these days, and that was entertaining to say the least.

Baby Girl has now left for home and I am trying to decide what to do with the afternoon.

I don't think I'm going to tempt fate by trying to do any finishing. Days on end without plying my needle left me with a great desire to avoid that in the future. I wish I could get into moderation!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Christmas in July

I'm resting my pinched nerve--and getting twitchier and twitchier so all my other nerves are getting a full work-out.

However, today I had a Christmas in July present from the Swan Sampler Guild. Away Swans are very well taken care of by this guild. Along with this year's ornament (which I ordered), I also received a wrapped present that contained directions for a weighted pin cushion.

I think I will spend the evening looking over the directions and trying to not stitch.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Random Wednesday Mutterings

  1. I have a pinched nerve in my neck.
  2. It apparently has been caused by repetitive motions.
  3. Stitching involves repetitive motions.
  4. I am to rest and not engage in repetitive motions.
  5. Therefore, I cannot stitch for a day or two.
  6. I have taken a muscle relaxer.
  7. Muscle relaxers turn me into a puddle.
  8. I have an ANG meeting tonight to which I would have to drive.
  9. I am not going to the ANG meeting. See #7.
  10. And I can't stitch, either.
  11. I may as well go to bed.
Last night before my neck started really giving me fits, I did get the rest of the foundation stitches worked and filled in the darkest silk flowers:

Hopefully, the anti-inflammatories and the muscle relaxer will unpinch the nerve and I can get back to regular programming.