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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Woot, Woot! (or should I say "Whew!)

The minute I hit publish on this entry, I will have blogged every day in July.

Whew . . .

I can't say I will keep up this level of blogging, but I will probably blog more often as a result of this experiment.

For one thing, blogging daily meant that I made sure to make time almost every day to stitch. I occasionally drag home from work mentally exhausted and stressed to the max, but the minute I pick up my needle, all that starts to melt away.  If you're blogging on a needlework blog, you need to have something to write about--so I probably had a more therapeutic month than usual!

And your comments and support on my travails with finish-finishing have been so helpful--you will never know! I'm going to continue to try to have a finishing day every week-end until the finishing basket will close.

(There are times when I ask myself how many needlebooks, scissors fobs, pin cushions, and containers to house them all are needed by any one person. Myself usually answers that there is no limit. And that is why I'll continue to suffer through the assembly process.)

Most of all, it's been lovely to make contact with others who share this obsession and passion. In a world that seems to spend a lot of its time destroying, it's so affirming to find that there is a community devoted to creating.

So thank you for listening to my stitching fool's blithering!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vining and Twining

The big pansy band is on its way.

You'll just have to take my word on it that this is the pansy band since obviously there is no pansy there yet.

I think this one will be fun to stitch. It has a lot of little fiddly parts, and I like little fiddly parts.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Change of Plans

I had originally planned to come home and start on the smalls that fit into the Elizabethan Etui.

Then I came home and looked at my neat little piles of stuff for each small.

I promptly went in the kitchen, grabbed a box of baggies, walked back into the living room, and placed the component pieces for each small into its own baggie. Those baggies went into the large project bag and were placed to one side. I decided I cannot finish-finish two days in a row and maintain my cherub-like demeanor.

I believe I am going to pick up Ann Scutt and start on the big pansy band and see how far I get with that before bedtime.

Or I may just go to bed.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Putting a lid on it

I spent the day today putting together the lid on my Elizabethan Etui.

It would be better if I had left well enough alone, but I just had to keep fiddling with it until I had bent the Skirtex and frayed some of the linen. Consequently, it's become a wee bit fragile and I doubt it will be traveling anywhere, even for show-and-tell at guild meetings. I have a feeling it's going to find a spot in the curio cabinet and stay there.

Betsy had various and sundry birds and beasts around the frieze on the lid, but I'm not so much into critters, so I substituted the guild name and the place where we meet on the front and back, respectively, and the years that I worked on it on each short side.

The lesson on finishing I learned today--and have learned in the past and keep ignoring--is that if it looks fine, leave it alone!

Maybe I should stitch a sampler with that on it and hang it by my chair where I can see it everyday.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

All Day Long . . .

It's been another gloomy, rainy Saturday, so I plopped myself in the wing chair this morning, vowing to stay there until I finished this band.

And I did, other than necessary breaks for food and drink and shifting loads of laundry from one machine to the other.

That cross-hatch filling pattern, the one that looks like netting, wasn't difficult to stitch but it was time-consuming. I don't remember seeing anything like it on any other sampler I'm familiar with, so I think I'll spend some time with my sampler books looking for something similar on another sampler.

After the dividing band, there is a large pansy band that has a variation on the cross hatching as its filling stitch. I love pansy bands, but I think I need to spend some time on finishing this week-end.

Oh, and it might be a good idea to battle the dust bunnies before we're overrun. The problem is that needlework is ever so much more fun.

Friday, July 26, 2013

First Flower Filling

It's hard to see with this pale gold, but the middle flower has its filling.

The flowers on the left and the right use the same colors in the same places, so I figured I could just wander from one to the other without having to rethread a needle. I think I'm through with the gold, so I'm down to two threaded needles, which makes the potential for tangling much less.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Flower frameworks ready. . .

All three flowers have their frameworks, so now it's time to start filling in with double running stitch.

And that's how I plan to spend the rest of the evening.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pride goeth before a fall

Last week I was busily stitching ornaments for an EGA program tonight, and somewhere along the way I said I was reasonably competent in putting ornaments together.

Apparently I am not. Reasonably competent in putting ornaments together,  that is.

One of the ornaments was a little Christmas tree, which was going to be the crowning glory since it was going to be a shaped ornament instead of a simple square or circle.

Here's what you're supposed to do to put together a shaped ornament, if you're reasonably competent.

To make your template,  put the finished ornament on the copy machine and copy it,  or if your printer has a scanner, scan it.

Carefully draw the finished size of the ornament around the copy.

Carefully measure out 5/8 - 3/4" out from the finished size and draw another line. This will be your seam allowance.

Iron iron-on interfacing to the back of the ornament if the fabric is liable to fray, which linen is prone to do. Do the same to the backing fabric if it, too, is likely to fray.

Cut out the ornament and the backing fabric according to the pattern with the seam allowance.

Now you can trim away the seam allowance on your pattern and cut out the stiffener and batting, if you're going to pad the ornament, according to the finished size of the ornament. I cut two, so the back piece is padded, too.

You can get an acid-free glue stick now, and I use that to lightly glue the batting to the stiffener. I use comic paper boards (they're the sort of cardboard stuff that comic book collectors use to stiffen the bags they carefully and lovingly store their comic books in. It, too, is acid-free. You can get a big, ginormous  package at almost every comic book store, enough to last most of a lifetime.)

Now, fold the fabric around the padded stiffener. Since you've ironed interfacing on the back, you can clip corners and the linen won't fray. You can hold the folded edges down either by stitching or by putting a tiny spot from the glue stick on the back. Do the same for the backing piece.

Once everything is folded and straight and to your satisfaction, place the wrong sides of the ornament covered board and the backing fabric covered board together and slip stitch the two together.

Since I firmly believe that twisted cording covers a multitude of sins, I sew that around the edge of the assembled ornament, making the cord long enough to enable me to make a hanger at the top and a little extra at the bottom so I can dangle a tassel there.

That's what you do if you're reasonably competent.

I had some kind of brain glitch. I was thinking 5/8" or 3/4" for the seam allowance. I cut 3/8". I have never been good with numbers, but seriously.

I forgot the interfacing.

I thought about it just as I clipped the first corner and the linen went sproing! Little linen threads went everywhere.

I knew I was going to be away from home and supplies and would have very little time to do anything while I was away, so I didn't take the pile of stuff it would take to redo the ornament.  I figured I would get up before the crack of dawn and drive home early. The trip usually takes about 6 1/2 hours to drive at a comfortable speed. That's doable. And then I'd be home in time to redo the ornament--it only took an hour to stitch in the middle of the night, after all.

I was not expecting the amount of road work I found on the reverse path of my trip.

I did not anticipate two, count 'em, two accidents that snarled traffic for miles.

I didn't think it would take over 8 hours to drive home.

So I'm taking the poor pitiful ornament as an example of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do.

My chapter is very lucky that this is the last program I'm in charge of doing. I rotate out of this job this year, and someone else is teaching the programs for the rest of the year.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ann Scutt has wandered back

Ann Scutt won the toss and came on the trip.

And this is where she is at the moment:

I need to stitch the outline of the third large flower, then just about everything is filled in with double running stitch. The colors change so frequently I plan to have three needles threaded at all times so I can be sure that I don't miss anything.

After this band is finished, I have three more large floral bands, an alphabet, and the attribution band to stitch. It may be possible that I will finish two big samplers this year.

And that probably just jinxed it.

Monday, July 22, 2013

On the road again . . .

I'm sitting in a hotel room, putting the finishing touches on a report for a meeting tomorrow. Therefore there are no pictures or stitching reports for today.

I will report a moment of sanity before I left this morning. I had packed Ann Scutt, my Schwalm whitework project, and Buttons a Bounty in my tote. Plus three, count 'em, three mysteries to read.

I am only going to be gone for two nights and will be working all day tomorrow.  Unless there is a blizzard that dumps three feet of snow on the state of Georgia, I will be heading out Wednesday morning.  When did I think I was going to stitch on three projects and read three books?

Consequently, Ann Scutt is the only project that came with me.

The three books came anyway.

Hey, I read faster than I stitch! You just never know . . .

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Auditioning fabrics

I made it out of the stash room alive and with a number of Christmas fabrics.

I am really, really, really loving the one with the light bulbs and the blue background at the top. I mean, really, really, really loving it.

But it won't work. The colors really look good only with the little Christmas tree, but the scale of the fabric is way too large. It would work with the spot sampler ornament, but that's the one I was planning to use a linen backing on so I could demo whip-stitch-and-beading. The tree isn't going to lend itself to that type of finishing because I was going to talk about how to deal with a shaped ornament.

I am absolutely not going to spend the rest of the day looking for an ornament design just so I can use that fabric.

Although it's tempting.

No.  I have this afternoon and this afternoon only to make these decisions. I have to go out of town for work in the morning and won't be back home until the day of the meeting, so this is the afternoon I need to get cracking on this.

I think the plaid will be the way to go.

The cardinal was a no brainer. If I can manage it, I'm going to fussy-cut one of the poinsettias out and center it on the back of that ornament. If I can manage it. Somewhere around this house there is a compass left over from the days when the Big Kid and Baby Girl took geometry. I need to dig it out and draw some circles.

So, I'm off to cut out batting and fabric and find the compass and glue stick and sewing thread.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Christmas in July III stitched

The title says it all:

I have been flinging fabric about, looking for the Christmas prints that I know I have.  In fact, I thought I had the fabric (at least) organized in such a way that it would not be a problem to locate whatever I wanted in that  part of the stash.

Apparently I thought wrong.

So I'm diving back into the stash room. Dearly Beloved has been alerted to send out a search party if I'm not out by bedtime.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Christmas Ornament III

I've started the third and final ornament I'm going to stitch for the program next week.

I was going to finish each small motif completely, but there are so few stitches in each, it's just easier to do all of one color at a time. This won't take much longer to stitch, then I have to set up the steps in finishing.

Given how much I just love finishing, it's ironic that I'm doing this program. However, I figure if I can do a decent job, anybody can! And I know I can finish ornaments creditably. Hopefully, those are not famous last words . . .

So, tomorrow I'll finish the design and cut out batting and backing and get things set up so all I have to do is grab the baggie and boogie.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Christmas in July II

I woke up in the middle of the night and absolutely, totally, completely could not get back to sleep.

So I got up, came downstairs, and stitched this. It took about an hour. (Very few stitches and all of them covered a multitude of threads, so it went very fast.) Then I went back upstairs and went back to bed.

All that up and down last night means that I am wiped out tonight. So I am going to bed. If I have another middle of the night stitching session, I'll let you know.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Such a fascinating life!

No Christmas ornaments were started last night after I posted the picture of the cardinal.

As soon as I arrived home from work, I had to iron shirts for Dearly Beloved so he wouldn't go to work wrinkled. Well, at least his shirt wouldn't be wrinkled.

Then we trooped out in the heat and humidity to visit a small local farmers' markets whose email blast earlier yesterday said that they would have sweet corn at their once-a-week twilight market.

They didn't.

And we were there when they opened at six, so it wasn't like they'd sold out before we got there.

After twenty days of rain, we have finally had two days of sunshine. But that meant the temps rose into the 90's--not surprising for July in the Carolinas. The twenty days of rain, though, meant that the humidity also rose into what felt like the 90's--like walking outside and having a warm, wet blanket dropped on your head.  By the time we tromped around the market and back to the car, we were both more than a little hot and sweaty.

So I showered as soon as we got back home.

We had a quick, very quick dinner (which was supposed to have included fresh corn on the cob but didn't--can you tell I'm still bitter about that?). I blogged about the completely stitched cardinal.

And then I just looked at my stitching pile and the next ornament I planned and said, "Blech."

I actually watched TV with nothing in my hands to work on.

And I won't stitch tonight because I have an ANG meeting and I never get anything stitched at stitching meetings.

So why I am telling you all this boring stuff?  Because I said I was going to blog every day in July and I am. Even if my boring life runs all my readers off!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Christmas in July 1.0

The cardinal has leaves and berries.

For once I didn't fling beads all over the room when trying to pick them up. It may have had something to do with the fact that the holes on this particular batch of beads were large enough for me to use a size 26 tapestry needle instead of a beading needle.

About my skills with beading needles, nothing needs to be said. Primarily because I have no skills with beading needles.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Christmas in July I

It occurred to me in the middle of the night if I'm going to talk about how to put ornaments together without dragging the sewing machine out, I need to have something to demonstrate on.

So, when I got home from work today, I went stash diving, first to find ornament patterns that I had marked, then for linen, and finally for floss. I'm changing the threads all to floss, so I'm picking colors that are close to the overdyes originally called for.

This is the beginning of the first ornament, which will be finished as a round:

He needs his leaves and berries added. So I'm putting down the laptop and picking up my needle.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

More whitework

Our EGA chapter is going to have a Christmas in July meeting, talking about several ways to put Christmas ornaments together. To do this, I need to have several Christmas ornaments stitched. I had found a really neat free design online that I wanted to use to show how the same pattern could be finished in several different ways.

I even bookmarked the page.

Which has apparently been removed from the innerwebs.

It appears the designer is no longer designing.

Sigh . . .

Since I needed to think about how to approach this from another angle, and since stitching always helps my thinking, I picked up the Schwalm piece again and got through this week's lesson. I even figured out what I was doing wrong on the last square of the previous week.

Obviously I did not press before photographing.

I think I've figured out what to do about the program, which is going to require spending some time with JCS ornament issues and pulling out some stitched ornaments already completed. Dearly Beloved is not thrilled by pulling down the ornament boxes at this time of the year. He seems to think once a year is quite enough.

Even Scrooge promised to keep Christmas in his heart year round. When I reminded Dearly Beloved of this, he muttered something that sounded remarkably like "Humbug."

I'l letting that pass.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Afflicted by the oughtas

I oughta work on finish-finishing this week-end.

I oughta stitch the current band on Ann Scutt.

I oughta restitch the sixth square on the Schwalm bag and start the seventh since the new lesson has been posted.

I oughta stitch the prototypes for the EGA program scheduled week after next.

I oughta be doing a lot of things.

But I'm not.

What I'm about to say does not reflect on the designs or the designers of any of the projects on my oughta list. They are all things I want to stitch and have been planning to work on. They are all projects I'll be delighted to display in my home. They are all things I've wanted to do.

The problem is that I don't feel obsessed by any of them at the moment. I'm not waking up thinking about the fact that it's the week-end and I could spend potentially hours on any one of them. I didn't stay up late last night because I wanted to do just one more stitch. I'm just not passionate about anything in the current rotation.

(I should qualify that. Given my difficulties with finish-finishing, there are times when I would like to passionately hurl whatever I'm working on to the floor so that I could then jump up and down on it before taking it outside and running over it with the car. Luckily, those are momentary feelings and have more to do with my imperfections as a finisher than with whatever project I'm working on.)

I haven't quite decided how to handle this. I think I'm going to just go play in the stash and see if something jumps up and grabs me. Passionately.

Friday, July 12, 2013

It's been a good mail week!

I've been stalking my mail carrier lately, and not just for the lightbox. I think I've made him a little nervous. I don't imagine he has a lot of large and lovely ladies lurking by their mailboxes on his route with needle in hand and a maniacal gleam in the eye, waiting for stash to appear.

All this arrived in the last few days:

Starting from the left, two booklets from the pen of Gay Ann Rogers' husband Jim. They are brief biographies of Bess of Hardwicke and Mary, Queen of Scots. Both mention the needlework these two women of the Tudor Age are believed to have stitched. However, as far as I'm concerned, the most valuable thing about each booklet is its bibliography with more resources to explore.

Next to that are the silks and the linen for the Elizabeth Flockhart sampler, reproduced by Margriet Hogue of The Essamplaire. I had wanted to take this class at Jeannine's last February but it was cancelled. Luckily for me, Margriet was teaching it for the Lake Michigan Sampler Guild, and I was allowed to "ghost" the class. The colors are luscious and it's all I can do to keep from sewing the linen to the scroll bars and starting.  I want to get Ann Scutt finished before I get involved in any other sampler so I think I'm going to have to take Elizabeth and hide her from myself.

And then there is the new Shining Needle class, Buttons a Bounty from Jackie du Plessis. I believe the first lesson will be posted on Monday, and this is one I'm going to start. That linen will be ironed and prepped before then. (I can only be expected to have a certain amount of will power. Otherwise there might be an explosion.)

And then, there is another small project, Needle Nut Case, also from Jackie.  There were several small kits offered as part of the Acorn Extravaganza and this is one I've hoped to add to my stash for quite awhile. Now I have.

Meanwhile, I have now taken out all my stitches on the sixth square of the Schwalm sampler for the second time. As it has misbehaved so badly, it is in time out for a day or so. I think I may put a stitch or two into Ann Scutt tonight, then plan to put the lid for the casket etui together tomorrow in between jaunts with Baby Girl, who is due in tonight.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

This pattern is making my brain hurt.

That about sums up how I feel about the sixth little block on the Schwalm piece I'm doing.

The pattern on the left was easy. The one in the middle was even easier.  The one in progress on the right is forcing me to do a stitch, look at the chart, do a stitch, look at the chart, do a stitch, look at the chart.

Normally I can figure out a pattern rhythm and go boogying along. Not with this one. So I'm going back to looking at the chart, doing a stitch, looking at the chart, doing a stitch, etc, etc, etc.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Flyby Post

I spent the evening stitching with a friend, which is ever so much fun!  We decided we should do this more often.

But since I am a wage slave and need to get to bed so I can go to work to afford my obsessions, you'll have to wait to see a picture until tomorrow.

(I am determined to post every day in July so there may be a few posts like this.)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Minor Whoopee

I am having a minor happy dance.

The base of the etui is assembled.

While I am not deliriously happy with the results, I am relieved to have this much completed, and I can say I have learned a few more things to improve my finishing in the future. That was the reason to take the class, so it's all good.

Now onward to the lid.

Monday, July 8, 2013

New Toy

There won't be much stitching tonight because this arrived today!

Mary Corbet wrote about this device on her site a week or so ago.  I trotted over to Amazon, read the reviews, took a deep breath, and ordered it.

Considering that my lightbox has consisted of a sheet of glass suspended between two ottomans in the living room, which kills my back and doesn't do much for Baby Girl (whose steady hand is actually the source of most of my embroidery tracing), this is a long overdue and much needed upgrade.

And with my plans for my Cabinet of Curiosities really coming together, I have a feeling I'll be using just about every one of its 50000 hours of light.  Meanwhile, I'm going to go trace something.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

What do people who don't stitch do?

That's the question I always ask, primarily when the TV is on and the programming is interesting but not compelling--and even then, I can usually keep up with the action as well as my needle.

But today, I haven't stitched.

I read the Sunday paper and looked at most of the advertising supplements.

We had a leisurely lunch.

We went to a movie.

We went to Target to pick up one thing and came home with half a dozen. Typical.

I baked a peach cobbler.

We changed the linens on the bed.

We had dinner.

I balanced the checkbook and paid a couple of bills.

Dearly Beloved loaded the dishwasher.

I talked to Baby Girl on the phone a couple of times in between all of this.

I'm thinking about packing my lunch for tomorrow. My clothes are already laid out.

But I'm starting to get twitchy. I have a couple of hours before I need to go to bed so I can stagger out when the alarm goes off. I think I'll stitch.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Wee bit of whitework . . .

Two more squares on the Schwalm whitework bag are done!

And I have finished the prep work and started the assembly on the casket etui. Unfortunately there isn't enough to really see at this point.

And I will warn you right now: if you're looking for perfection on this finishing project, don't. It has really been a learning experience for me and that shows. Once again (and apparently it takes finding this out over and over and over for me to learn this very obvious fact), I've realized I need two things to be a good finisher:

  • Practice
  • A place to leave my projects spread out and my equipment set up

Getting the practice is easy. I think I'm going to set aside several hours every week-end to work on finish-finishing. Meanwhile, I'm going to work on this project a little every day until it's done, with breaks for other projects when I start making mistakes. (It should be obvious why I put that last provision in . . .)

Finding a place to leave things out is going to require some major rearranging of the stash room which is also full of other junk important items.  What I'd really like to do is have room for a big worktable where I could leave the sewing machine and iron and cutting equipment and the bits and pieces of whatever I'm working on. At the moment, I have two choices. I either have to use the kitchen table and move everything if we want to eat a meal there or fold laundry, or I have everything jumbled in one of the baskets next to the wing chair. While I love baskets and use them in just about every room, I waste a lot of time pawing through the basket looking for the bit I need. Meanwhile, other bits are getting mixed up as well. And I'm constantly hopping up and down to go to wherever the ironing board and rotary cutter are temporarily living. It would be nice to give them all a permanent location.

So that is the goal.

Dearly Beloved wanted to know if I planned to have this accomplished by the end of this century.

Little does he realize he will be doing the heavy lifting and making the Goodwill/Salvation Army trips.

Friday, July 5, 2013

finicky finishing

For two days now, I've been making little piles of things.

They're very pretty little things but they haven't turned into anything yet.

This designer has an assembly line method of putting together the smalls in the set, so you cut out all all the pieces, interline all the pieces, deal with lining and stiffening and making cords for everything all in one fell swoop, so I've been taking things from one little pile and putting them into other little piles and trying to keep all the piles separate so that all the correct parts are where they should be.

I think once all the prep work is done--and I'm still prepping--it will make the assembly go much more quickly and I'll suddenly have everything done and I will sit here in amazement that it went together so fast. Even though I have been prepping now for two days and I'm still prepping. Granted, part of those two days was spent looking for a spool of thread that I knew I had. It turned up exactly where it should have been and I swear I had looked through that plastic bag twice before it miraculously appeared. Of course that was after I found another spool of thread that could be used, just wasn't the one I was supposed to be using.

I have found through working on this that I do better with more immediate gratification, like i do all of one piece from start to literal finish, then do the next piece from start to finish, and so on.

It has also been made ever more evident that I am an embroiderer and not a seamstress. Sewing involves care, precision, and accuracy.  If you mess up on a piece of embroidery, you can rip it out or embellish it more. If you cut the wrong thing the wrong way, you're doomed.

So far, I'm not completely doomed, but I think I'm done with this part of the exercise for today. I think I need to embroider and not sew.

Otherwise, all this may go into a bag and be flung into the far corners of the stash room for Baby Girl to deal with after I become the Dearly Departed.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!

Let us always remember the sacrifices of those who have made this freedom possible.

And let us work to overcome the differences that have pushed us so far apart.

This pinkeep designed by Merry Cox was last year's Fourth project.  This year, I'm starting the assembly of Betsy Morgan's Elizabethan Etui.  There will likely be fireworks during this process, but they won't be of the "oooooooooh" and "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah" variety, I fear. I'll let you know.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I could have . . .

I was able to leave work and start my Fourth week-end early.

I could have come home and vacuumed.

I could have come home and thrown a load of laundry in.

I could have come home and matched the lids to the containers for all the plastic stuff Dearly Beloved and I take our lunches in and tossed the ones that don't have mates (and which are running away with the odd socks, apparently).

I could have come home and scrubbed a bathroom or two.

I did none of these things.

I plopped myself in the wing chair and picked up the Schwalm project.

And this is what I did:

I adore this lacy square!

Just about the time I got used to the rhythm of the stitch the square was over.

I have probably mentioned this a thousand times or so, but I'm taking the Cabinet of Curiosities (aka The Casket Class) from Tricia Nguyen.  Somewhere this little pattern is going to find a place on my casket. I don't know where and I haven't quite figured out how, but it's going to go there somewhere.

Now, I don't have to go to work tomorrow so I could stay up later and do another square, but this has gone so well so far that I'm afraid to attempt to cut threads again. So I think I'll pull out the directions for finishing for Betsy Morgan's Elizabethan Etui and read over them.  Tomorrow I'm going to take a deep breath and start that assembly.

Unless, of course, I can't stand it and have to do some more squares on this piece.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A little bit--a very little bit--of whitework

Last night I started outlining the two sides of a Schwalm  embroidery bag from a class currently being taught by Jane-Ellen Balzuweit through Shining Needle. Since we were having left-overs for dinner tonight, I was able to finish this part when I arrived home from work today.

I had been thinking that working on whitework in the heat of July might have the psychological effect of making me feel cooler.  After all, last year at this time, our daytime temps reached over 100 every day. However, today's temperatures didn't get out of the 70's--not that I'm complaining, mind you!--but it also rained all day.

With the rest of the evening ahead, this is being set aside so I can start some prep work for my finishing extravaganza over the Fourth.  I started pawing through the finishing basket to see just what all I had waiting and it was waaaaaaaaaaaay more than I thought. No wonder the lid wouldn't close.

I also realized I should have put some of these things together much sooner. Like immediately after the classes I took ended so I would have a clue as to what I'm doing. This may get ugly. I'll let you know.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday all day

It's been a Monday allllllllllllllllll day. However, I am home now and have already had a needle in my hand. That helps tremendously!

And I have finished the blue that provides the framework for this band on Ann Scutt:

I think I'm going to let Ann rest for a day or so. Between her motifs not quite matching and my miscounting, I think it's time to work on something else for awhile.

Whitework is calling my name. In the summer, it at least looks cool.  Or I could start working on some finish-finishing. Or I could work on one for about an hour, then the other for about an hour. Or I could file the newest class from the Casket Class. I do so love having possibilities!