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, January 6, 2013

So much for setting goals . . .

I had said I wanted to stitch more and therefore blog more.

And thus I have barely touched a needle from New Year's until late yesterday.

It was back to work on Wednesday, with our sampler guild meeting on Wednesday night. I had to show up--I'm the president, so I needed to preside. It also happened that I was the program presenter for this meeting. However, I think the main reason I needed to be there was because I have the keys to the meeting place. That took care of Wednesday evening.

This is the time of year when we're doing our quarterly reports as well as our end-of-year reports, so work has been hectic and exhausting. About all I could manage by the time I arrived home on Thursday and Friday was a total collapse in a heap in my chair, followed by an early bedtime.

All of this changed yesterday. I decided that I was going to stitch and that was that.

So I did.

Martha Edlin now has half another flower worked.

And I put this on stretcher bars. It has been languishing for several years:

It will eventually turn into this:

Tricia Nguyen taught this class at Christmas in Williamsburg several years ago. It is actually a box inspired by the embroidered book bindings from the 16th and 17th centuries. There are a couple of techniques used in it that I think I would like to incorporate into my casket so I have decided to pull it out of its long, lonely sojourn in the stash and use it for practice.

Besides, I really love the colors and the design and can't figure out why I haven't finished it before now.

Well, actually, I can. Something obviously came along and I said, "oh, shiny," and went trotting off in another direction.

Stitcher's ADD is a terrible malady.


  1. It is sometimes surprising what causes us to bump a project for another--not logical or explainable, but just surprising. Love to see your projects.

  2. OOh that box/book cover looks gorgeous. I saw some actual embroidered book covers? bindings? couldn't be sure as of course we couldn't touch them, at an exhibit in NYC. They were exquisite.

  3. Beautiful progress on Martha. Lovely new project too.
    Have a great week!

  4. Oh that little box is going to be a cherished heirloom. I cannot wait o see you stitch it.

  5. The progress on Martha is lovely.
    And LOVE the little box!!
    I so much look forward to see how the project comes along, it
    looks very interesting in design.

    Hope you will get some peaceful and nice time to unwind and stitch.

    Many hugs from Anette & Skruttan

  6. Oh the colors of Martha are fabulous. Wow! I cannot wait to see progress on the beautiful, just gorgeous Adam and Eve box.