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.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Crown Me

I'm still picking Sarah Williams up when I have a chance to stitch--obviously this has not been a good week for finding time to stitch.

There was a sampler guild meeting Wednesday night, then Mother had another "event" yesterday which required a great deal of telephoning back and forth among all parties involved.  Apparently she had a TIA--transient ischemic attack--also known as a mini-stroke--but her doctor is "not overly concerned." The Saint and I are, so we had to discuss. I am going to spend some time with Mother this week-end so I can get a better idea of her condition. I can't find out enough from our daily phone calls. Visiting for a couple of days should provide a more complete picture.

When I'm able to find time to stitch again, I plan to finish this top part of Sarah Williams and then focus on prework.  At the moment, I have three classes' worth of prework to do, plus about forty-leven other projects I want to do.

I might decide to take a nap instead.

Monday, February 1, 2016

More Rejoicing

The handles are attached to the tray for my Merry Cox workbox . . .

and the needlebook is finished and sitting in it . . .

I was supposed to embellish the machine seams on the panel that holds the scissors and ruler. I tried a couple of things on a scrap of leftover Ultra Suede, but I didn't like anything I tried. Then I thought about it for a minute or two and decided to leave them unembellished.

And why, you ask? The Queen of Embellishment is leaving something unembellished? 

It's mainly because, for possibly the first time in my life, my machine sewn lines were about as close to straight as I could get them. Considering that I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, this is amazing, and I am taking great pride in it.

I did add the ribbon ties that go through the scissor handles to keep the scissors from falling out every time I picked up the needle book. That's not so much embellishment as it is practicality.

I am so thrilled by my lack of failure on this project (notice I did not say success) that I have seriously been thinking of pulling another project from the Giant Basket of Things to Be Put Together. I have even thought of dragging out the ironing board and pressing anything that needs to be pressed.

Sanity is prevailing, however. It is Monday, after all.  I should probably avoid rotary cutters and pointed needles on Mondays.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

And there was much rejoicing

I finally had time to get some finishing done yesterday:

DeWitt Academy for Young Ladies
Merry Cox

The set is not completely complete. I still have to put the handles on the thread tray and put the needle book together--that may happen later today.

And Sarah Williams has a finished flower pot and a bird:

And to make for a very happy Saturday, the prework for the two Sherri Jones (Patrick's Woods) classes I'm taking at Salty Yarns arrived:

I also need to finish the prework for the Jackie du Plessis class I'm taking in March.

It appears that I need to plug in the electric needle.

By the way, I seem to have lost a bunch of followers suddenly. From what I understand, Google, who owns blogger, has decided, in its infinite wisdom, that one cannot follow a blog unless one has a gmail account. I don't know of anyone who appreciates this "efficiency" move.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Do you see those lovely cross-stitched centers in the flowers?

They're supposed to be satin stitches instead.

The only satin stitches on the whole sampler, as far as I can tell, now that I've actually read the directions.

I have three choices.

  • Leave them alone--which would always bother me because I would know that it's wrong
  • Rip out perfectly good cross stitches and stitch over them.
  • Work the satin stitches over the cross stitches

Actually, I'm kind of leaning towards the third option. That would pad the satin stitches and keep any little bits of the ground cloth from showing through.  Of course that would mean that I'll have to do the same thing on the flower pot on the other side.

Sigh . . .

Quite frankly, if the levels of proficiency and productivity that I have shown in January persist through the rest of the year, I may have to pack my needles away and take up another pursuit. Like maybe hang gliding.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tired and Cranky

I came down with a virus thing over the week-end. After dealing with chills and fever for a couple of days, I am cranky, cranky, cranky. And tired. And really cranky.

Part of the cranky comes from reading about all the wonderful projects people were working on while snowed in over the week-end.   Here I am, with loads of lovely and challenging things to stitch, and not enough functioning brain cells to do any of them.

So . . . I pulled out Sarah Williams, which is primarily cross stitched, and about what I can focus on.

And I have a flower.

Maybe tonight I'll stitch in a pot.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Unpacking and Untacking

You may have heard that this side of the US is getting slammed by a major winter storm.


I drove to south Georgia on Wednesday for a work-related meeting, a drive which took over an hour longer than usual because I got caught behind a logging truck on a two-lane, winding country road with almost no spots where you can pass--and there was oncoming traffic in the few spots available. I nearly had an aneurysm. I don't have much patience with driving slowly. You may have picked up on that.

I went to bed early, got up yesterday morning, and checked the weather forecast. When I attend this meeting, I generally work on my laptop from my hotel room the afternoon after the meeting, then drive home the next day.  When I looked at the forecast, it looked as if the storm wouldn't hit my little corner of the Carolinas until mid-afternoon today. So . . .I figured if I got up very early, I could beat the storm home and follow my regular routine.

Went to the meeting, had another shorter meeting afterwards, grabbed fast food for lunch, went back to my hotel.

Thought perhaps I should check the weather again, just in case.

Forecast had changed since 7 a.m. The first stage of the storm was supposed to start at about 1 a.m. today.

I threw everything into my suitcase and briefcase, threw them in the trunk, threw myself into the car, and headed north.

In my Misspent Youth, I was the Queen of Late Night Drives. Tell me about a concert that required a long road trip, I was the first in the car. Suggest that perhaps it would be fun to go to New Orleans for a week-end, even though we would have to drive all night, and I had the map out (remember, no GPS in my Misspent Youth). Need someone to drive the car or keep the driver awake, I was your girl.

Apparently, I'm out of the habit. Or I am aged.

I made it home before the storm arrived. I woke up to a couple of inches of snow and ice, I worked from home until a transformer blew and the power went off for a couple of hours, and now I am ready to make a big pot of beef stew for the week-end.

As soon as I stop vibrating from the drive.

And I never took my needlepoint project out of its bag.

Sigh . . .

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Packing and Tacking

I have to go out of town early tomorrow for a business trip. And, of course, I need to take a project to work on during the two evenings I'll be sitting in a hotel room after dinner.

I was going to wait until February to do the second ornament in the series but this has several advantages.

18 mesh canvas, so I don't need magnification
18 mesh canvas, so I don't need excellent lighting
18 mesh canvas, because it's easy to work on.

Basically, it's the 18 mesh canvas.

I need to throw my clamps into the suitcase with the kit since there are a few things I'll need both hands to do. Having stayed in this hotel before, I know they will work on the desk in the room.

And I need to talk myself out of taking three other projects. I'm only going to be gone two nights and will be working or traveling during the day, so I really only need to take one project.


Only one project.

Maybe I'll go look for some more stretcher bars.