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, April 5, 2015

New Beginnings (I hope)

Yesterday I was channeling my inner Crankypants.

First there was the Mylar problem with Fair Maiden, in which I forgot the whole "measure twice, cut once" mantra.

Then I decided I should put the print-outs from the most recent online class postings into their notebooks, only to discover that I didn't have enough page protectors. Since these are all long-term projects, I want to make sure that the instructions are as well-preserved and maintained as possible.

As much as I love Shepherdess, I got off one thread and ended up ripping everything I had stitched on her skirt.

Generally, I was out-of-sorts and ill-tempered.

Dearly Beloved was ducking and covering, because when I am out-of-sorts and ill-tempered, I'm really out-of-sorts and ill-tempered.

On the third walk I took yesterday in an attempt to raise my endorphins, I gave myself a stern talking-to.  As a wage slave, I only get two days off a week to enjoy myself completely, and here I was, ruining one of them with my own bad attitude.

As I have always told my children:

Life is short

Misery is optional.

Deal with it and move on.

So I came in, sat down, and thought about what I really would like to do, other than turn back the clock and start the day over.

There have been yearnings to stitch a complicated sampler stirring in my heart for several weeks now, and so Mary Atwood came out of her pillowcase again. I had worked one of the two alphabets weeks ago in one form of reversible cross stitch, and she needed the second one done.

I stitched in her initials, worked the dividing band, and started on the alphabet. This is the reversible cross that results in a four-sided stitch on the back of the work.

Like so:

Please excuse the strands from the waste knots. One thing I need to remember to ask Joanne the next time I take a class from her is how they started the threads so they would be invisible from both front and back. I know to end the threads by running them behind the cross stitches on the front, but how do you start them? Inquiring minds want to know.


Another thing inquiring minds want to know:  When did the Post Office start making Sunday--and Easter Sunday at that--deliveries?

I was sitting here with the Sunday newspaper earlier, when I heard a thump on the front stoop and a quick knock on the door. As I didn't expect a delivery from the Easter bunny--or anyone else--my curiosity was aroused. Naturally, I went to the door to find a box from Amazon sitting on the doorstep and a PO truck pulling out of the cul-de-sac.

As we do not have Amazon Prime and didn't request expedited delivery, I am puzzled. I'm not complaining, mind you, but I am puzzled.


  1. single strand so a loop wouldn't work . . .sigh . . .

  2. Just love your words of wisdom, Ann. I do a lot of cross stitch but I've never heard of reversible stitch before. Interesting.