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.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Progress report

I've had my second full day of classes at Christmas in Williamsburg and this is the grand total of my actual stitching progress.

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 or both sites  are quite entertaining and informative.


  1. Thank you for sharing the webcams info.

  2. Yes, you have to give those teachers credit. Looks like your project is coming along very nicely!

  3. sounds like you have some wonderful ladies teaching you : )

  4. Ann - I only recently discovered your blog. Have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts. Hope you had a wonderful weekend in Williamsburg!

  5. Thank You for the lovely posts about your stitching weekend:)
    I am so happy for you that you had such great time and your projects looks very exciting.
    Now you can enjoy stitching on them in your favourite stitching chair in the peaceful place of home.
    Very excited to see more of these projects later on:)
    Take care!

  6. Ann: I was in both of your classes and I didn't get a chance to meet you!

    In Merry's class, I have completed the front half of the needlebook. In Jackie's, I done a couple of the raised flower bed patches!

    I had a wonderful time! I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you!

    -Holly in VA