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.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Going off in another direction

You will see that all the stripe outlines are worked and some of the broad chain stitches are filling them in.

I had hoped to have Fair Maiden finished before leaving for Williamsburg next week (NEXT WEEK!!!!!) but I also have a long list of things I'd like to do around the house before then.  Usually I start decking the halls the day after Thanksgiving, but since we're going to see The Flash for Thanging Feast Two, I won't be here to do that. And I really like having my Christmas stuff around for the whole month of December.

Plus, I have a bunch of projects that I've been dying to just take a nibble of--just work a thread or two into the linen or canvas--just a little touch of the needle.

So, for the next week, I'm sampling a lot of things. I'm not abandoning Fair Maiden, but I'm not going to kill myself to finish the workbag before going back to Williamsburg.

I'm going to enjoy the season!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanging Feast One

Many years ago, when the Big Kid and Baby Girl were still Small Ones, we were having a discussion about Thanksgiving.  I had decided that they were certainly old enough to have some input into the menu and asked what they thought would be the perfect Thanksgiving Feast.

The ideas came rapidly and extensively. They had some really good ideas that have formed the basis of our traditional meal ever since. I finally handed a notepad to the Big Kid and asked him to write down all their ideas.

At the top, he wrote in large letters:  Thanging Feast Mennu.

And we have had a Thanging Feast ever since.

Because of everyone's work schedules this year, Thursday would not work. So, Baby Girl is here this week-end for Thanging Feast One. Then next Friday, Dearly Beloved and I--depending on the weather in the mountains between here and there--will travel to the Big Kid's home for Thanging Feast Two.

Between bouts of intense cooking today, I have been stitching. I am pleased to announce that all the stripe outlines for Fair Maiden's pocket have been completed and I have started filling them in. You'll just have to take my word for it; the camera battery is recharging.

And after we eat, I have the feeling I will be ready for a nap instead of photography.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Such Temptation

The kit for Mariposa arrived today.

I chose the soft peach colorway, although it was a very, very hard choice. Luckily, Carole and Michael provide the information about the other colors they offered in the instructions. And since they have very good taste in colors and threads, that provides a springboard for other projects.

I almost went looking for stretcher bars, but I am very close to having all the stripe outlines done and I am persevering.  This part of this project will be stitched this week-end.

Famous last words.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

And we're at the halfway mark!

Half the stripes are outlined!

It is ridiculous how happy this makes me--but from here on out, the stripes get (slightly) shorter with each one. Then I get to fill them in with broad chain, and then do the eyelets for the top, and then I'll almost be ready to get this put together.

Never thought I'd look forward to putting something together!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

Look what the mail carrier brought me today!

Christmas is Coming!  Barbara Jackson's 2014 ornament, taught through Shining Needle Society.

And I am soooooooooooo tempted to start. After all, I do have the master chart and color key and I believe I could figure out what goes where.

That way lies madness, you understand, since inevitably there will be some important bit in the instructions that would elevate this sweet, sweet ornament to perfection.

So I guess I will wait until next week when the first lesson is posted.

And go back to stitching stripes. Sigh . . .every stitch brings me closer to the finish . . .I wish I really did possess an electric needle!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

simply stripes

Since all I'm doing is stitching stripes, this is going to be the shortest blog entry in record.

At least, thus far, I've been able to blog every day this month, but this is just pitiful.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tonight's Stripes

I've stitched in my daily allotment of stripes:

After all the stripe outlines are stitched in, they are filled with broad chain stitch, then spangles are added and eyelets created at the top for a drawstring.

But tonight I'm going to bed early with a book. This has been a very gray, gloomy, rainy day--and the temperatures are getting ready to drop--and that is perfect sleeping weather.