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, September 16, 2012

Lady Jane's Garden

Since this three-day cycle included a whole week-end, I thought perhaps I should do some finishing.  This project was taught by Jackie du Plessis through Shining Needle. The parts have been stitched for months.  Many months. Sooooooooo many months.

And everything fits into the Shaker basket.

As usual, I learned something while doing this:

  • I love toys, especially stitching toys.
  • I hate finishing.
  • If I'm going to have toys, I have to put them together.
  • I better get over my dislike of finishing.
  • If I think I'm doing something wrong, stop.
  • If I don't stop, at least don't do anything permanent.
  • If I do something permanent, don't try to take it apart since it will make things worse.
  • Accept the fact that it isn't going to be perfect and move on.
  • My sewing machine is definitely dying.
  • The more finishing I do, the better I'm getting at it, although I have a long way to go.
  • I still hate finishing.

So that was the week-end. The one time I was out of the house was when I took four pairs of pants to the local dressmaker to hem. Ironic, huh.


  1. Those are all lessons I need to remember, too! Your tools look absolutely gorgeous - you should be very proud! I'm thrilled just to finish a little pillow so you're miles ahead of me!

  2. Haha! I love your lessons. Very familiar ones...

  3. Beautiful finishing Ann! I know that I have the same feelings when I finish anything! This set is really beautiful.

  4. Love the lessons ... lol! I hate finishing as well : ) Your finishes look great though!

  5. Your finishing looks beautiful!

    I am still kicking myself for not signing up for that class :(

  6. Beautiful work! Having completed all of these pieces you should not be hesitant at all to tackle any finishing in the future. Congratulation on your accomplishments.