I didn't mean to let the blog go dark for a solid week--but the last week was not a pleasant one for a variety of reasons.
There were a couple of bright spots: Dearly Beloved came through and then some for Valentine's Day, and The Flash sang me a Valentine song of his own composition. It consisted of singing Happy Valentine Day in a variety of keys and voices, over and over. As hesitant as I am to say this, I don't believe he inherited his great-grandfather's glorious singing voice. Apparently it skips a generation--the Big Kid seems to have it.
Despite other things, I have been stitching:
I've finished the first band of Isabella, a Group Correspondence Course from EGA that I'm taking through my local chapter. It's designed by Barbara Kershaw--and it's reawakening my love of drawn thread.
Eve has more background. You will also notice that I'm filling in the background in amongst the little curlicue and furbelows--not making that mistake again!
I've decided on the crewel design for lunch time stitching. This Elsa Williams pattern was started by a dear friend who passed away. Her family donated parts of her stash to our guild, and we held a silent auction to benefit our activities. Even though the way she stitched is not the way I stitch, I'm leaving her stitches in place so I will always have a little bit of her in my life.
And I started this little bit from Jackie du Plessis' Aubergine set while visiting Mother. This will make another set of toys for my collection.
One more work week, and I am off for a week in Williamsburg for a needlework retreat. A whole week. A WHOLE WEEK!!!! I keep saying I should just take a couple of projects to focus on--but I'm having a problem doing that.
So, I've decided to take at least half a dozen different things, just so I can see how far I can get when I have a whole day to focus on a single project.
Good thing I've started about half a dozen things this year, so I won't have to make so many decisions.