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.

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.


  1. Sounds a little rough ahead.
    We too are having cooler temps.

  2. Ann,
    Your start looks beautiful. I'm just starting a Schwalm embroidery class as well, taught online through EGA. I haven't started stitching anything yet - so far I've just been reading, sweating nervously, and re-reading the booklet of directions. Lol! I'm going to practice on scrap fabric first, but this still makes me nervous since I've never done anything other than counted cross stitch before. Looking forward to seeing your project grow!

    1. Is that the class from Barbara Kershaw? If it is--we'll be in the same boat together--I wanted to do Jane-Ellen's first because it seemed a little easier, then maybe I'll graduate to Barbara's!