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, April 21, 2013

Wonderful Workshop

After doing the prework for this class a year ago, the workshop for Betsy Morgan's Elizabethan Casket Class was held over the last two days.

And I have finally mastered Aztec stitch!!!

I did not do this in class as I am unable to stitch in a class with results that anyone wants to see. I did this last night in the wing chair in my nest.

Actually, the class focused on finishing and most of the people there worked on putting a button bag together. As I was absolutely convinced that I would be the person who would iron the interfacing onto the stitched side of the piece rather than the wrong side of it, I did not participate in this part of the festivities. I did take notes and fiddled around on a doodle cloth, so I feel confident that the set of smalls will be completed in a relatively timely manner.

Betsy is a really, really, really good teacher with a very reassuring manner about the assembly of all the bits and pieces that make up this set. I so enjoyed myself that I am lined up to take two more workshops with her.

She had brought her current teaching pieces for us to see, and pictures do not do them justice. She's teaching a brand-new piece at Christmas in Williamsburg--so check out for information on that. Our sampler guild is already planning to bring her back to teach that and the other Edinburgh set she has recently designed.

Of course, the best part of taking classes is getting to see people who speak the same language and love doing the same things. And our group is planning to get together to continued working on putting all the bits and pieces together. I'm looking forward to that.


  1. Thank you for this post - I just signed up to take a class with Betsy in June and am so excited!

  2. Oh that came out so nice! I remember when a ocuple of friends were learning that stitch... I opted NOT to! lol

    Great job!!!!