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.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Almost there

 Only one more step, and the Tudor project will be done!

My center motif is . . . slightly . . . different. Somehow, I managed to turn the pattern a quarter turn when I was ready to transfer the design, and that meant that I needed to move the flowers around a little. What can I say? It's an adaptation.

I need to add trim around the edges of the center motif, and I may add some surface stitching on either side of the applied trim.

And then I'll get down to putting some things together. And decking the halls. And baking cookies. Christmas is only a little over three weeks away.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Big Oooooops!

 I went to bed last night thinking there was something I missed doing.

At 3 a.m., I woke up and realized I forgot to blog yesterday. You'd think after doing it for 28 days, it would be a habit. It was not.

I am going to continue to blog, probably not daily, but more often. When I blog, I stitch for at least a little while every day. Given the size of the stash, I need to stitch every day.

Meanwhile, I got the second hill on Rebecah French filled in with cross stitch and have begun to fill in the flowers:

This may get attention on days other than Sunday. I would like to finish Rebecah this year.

Meanwhile, I haven't forgotten about showing how I do ornaments. I've decided I need to spend a couple of weeks just putting things together, and I'll include ornaments in that mix.

This week, though, is going to be busy. Dearly Beloved has "The Procedure" tomorrow, and I have to sit at the doctor's office the entire time he's there. I tried to think of something I have that I could work on while waiting, but it seems everything I'm currently involved in requires either a lot of equipment, is sizable, or has a lot of moving parts--and the light in waiting rooms tends to be dim or dimmer. I suppose that's supposed to be soothing. I find it irritating, since I can't stitch. So I'm taking a book.

Tomorrow night is our EGA holiday dinner. Depending on how well Dearly Beloved feels, I hope to go. He tends to require pampering. . . 

Our family Thanksgiving/December birthdays/Christmas celebration is Saturday, so I will be cooking and doing the final decking of the halls Thursday and Friday. After that, we will be able to sit back and enjoy the season.

All will be calm, all will be bright.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Last Motif

 I decided to spend a little time on the Tudor project, even though it's officially Sampler Sunday.

I couched the gold and sequins to finish off the first motif, and I cut out the pieces that will be appliqu├ęd to the velvet in the center. I need to start couching down the gold lizerine that makes the stem and attach the bits as I go, but this is where the bits will be when I do all that.

Those white lines will be removed with a Q-tip and warm water eventually. I have found that it isn't completely successful. If I had it to do over, I don't think I'd use the velvet background. I believe I would use a black delustered satin that I could use a gel pen on.

Live and learn.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Oh, Christmas Tree . . .

 The tree is decorated, and I have two more ornaments in the finish-finishing pile. Both had been started some time ago, and it was past time to get them stitched.

The one on the left is a Barbara Jackson design from years ago. I bought it at Haus Tirol on one of my visits. I really miss that shop!

On the right is a Fern Ridge design that I think came in a goody bag at Christmas in Williamsburg, which used to be one of my favorite events. 

I was asked to describe my ornament finishing process, and I'm going to try to take photos of it, step by step, when I put these together, so stay tuned!

Friday, November 26, 2021

One Step Closer

 There is a light at the end of the Tudor Tunnel.

I got the patterns for the metal thread applications transferred and painted this morning.

I have to wait for the paint to dry before I do anything else on this.

BUT, the Christmas tree is up. Dearly Beloved has had a miraculous recovery--note that it occurred on the day after Thanksgiving, which is when he wants the decorating to begin. Anyway, I will start decorating the tree as soon as he brings the boxes of ornaments downstairs.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

 I hope everyone who celebrates has had a lovely day with family, friends, and food, and that your holiday has been everything you wanted!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

blood, sweat, and tears

 All I needed to do was sew a circle of velvet to the Tudor project so I could transfer the design and get on with it.


This took way more time than it should have and I said words and combinations of words which frightened Dearly Beloved. I also stabbed myself--twice--with the sharp needle.

Silk velvet is slippery and wants to wiggle and this particular piece did not want to maintain a circular shape. Having beaten it into submission, I believe I will do something mindless for the rest of the day.

And for those wondering why I'm not in the kitchen flinging pots and pans around for the US Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow--ours is delayed until next week due to schedules, family issues, and a plethora of other things. So, tomorrow, Dearly Beloved and I will be enjoying lasagna, which has become our Thanksgiving tradition. Pot flinging will ensue next Friday.