Saturday, December 1, 2012
On the left is the beginning of a structure that will grace the front of a needlebook for the DeWitt Academy for Young Ladies--the class from Merry Cox.
On the right is the scissors fob devised by Jackie du Plessis for her Secret Garden etui.
The lack of progress on other parts of the two classes (plus the early bird class I took from Jackie)--that's all on me. It is more and more painfully obvious to me that I don't get many stitches stitched unless I'm in my own little nest in my own large and comfortable chair with enough illumination to land a 747. I'm not going to give up on taking f2f classes as long as I can possibly totter to them, but I have to face the fact that I get less needlework done when I go to a needlework event than at any other time.
I do have to heap praises on both the teachers who are teaching these classes. Merry is sick and has been for a week--flu or a respiratory thing or something along those lines and she is on meds for the problem--yet she has shown up for class every day and done her usual brilliant teaching job. Jackie lost her mother to cancer a month ago, yet she, too, in spite of what has to be crushing grief, has done a phenomenal job of leading us through a rather complicated project. If anyone wonders why I take so many classes from certain teachers, this is your answer. You just can't ignore the dedication.
I would stitch tonight but for some reason, designers of hotel rooms do not understand that some people need to have an easily accessible plug for an Ott light that is also near a relatively comfortable place to stitch that also offers a place to spread out ones stuff and nonsense. So I'm reading my book. Dearly Beloved, who has spent the time that I've been in class wandering around Williamsburg, has already crashed and burned.
By the way, for those who would love to have some of the Williamsburg experience, there are webcams set up around the Historic District. I can't remember if you can view them at colonialwilliamsburg.com or colonialwilliamsburg.org--but both sites are quite entertaining and informative.