I was thinking about today's blog and listing all the things I'm thankful for--like a warm home, food to eat, a job that supports my habit, modern conveniences like electricity and indoor plumbing--and most of all, Dearly Beloved, the Big Kid and his wife, Baby Girl, and the Flash--but then, I thought, we're all grateful for family and quality of life. And this is a stitching blog.
So here are the things in my little needlework world that I'm thankful for today:
- Progress, again, on Morning Has Broken. These are the two center cartouches in the vine and leaf border, plus a little of the sawtooth border which goes around the whole thing. If I plop myself in the wing chair for the next few days and really work at this, I can get the whole border done and then can spend my time filling in the fun parts.
- Enough stash to last several lifetimes, so boredom will not be an issue any time soon
- Inspirations to try techniques new to me, found online and in magazines and books. This is truly an amazing time to be an embroiderer.
- In-person guilds and online communities of embroiderers, all of whom have something to offer
- Brilliant teachers and designers who constantly challenge and encourage with exquisite projects and techniques
- Online classes that make it ever so easy to learn
- Blogging, which has reconnected me to an old friend and brought me a new one who is just as addicted to all this as I am!
- And my mail carrier, who delivers goodies that make my stitcher's heart go pitty-pat and my stitcher's fingers itch to pick up my needle.
Yesterday, my mail carrier brought me two wonderful new projects:
Peace on Earth, this year's ornament from Barbara Jackson.
I stitched her "Merrily, Merrily" last year in time to get it on the tree. That's the goal for this year as well. Class starts tomorrow!
The materials for Jacobean Splendour, a cyber workshop from Alison Cole.
I've wiped more drool off the keyboard after viewing Alison Cole's website than I care to admit and I'm really excited to start this class as well. Periodically, I take my life in my hands and pick up a sharp needle, and this is one of those times. I will keep you apprised of my progress. I should perhaps buy stock in band-aids.
The needlepoint ornament series has not been forgotten. As we have already had our family feast, it's just Dearly Beloved and moi for Thanksgiving today, so I thought about setting up my assembly line on the kitchen table and starting.
The finishing directions call for use of a hot glue gun.
A klutz should never be allowed near a hot glue gun.
I rummaged around to find my Allene's thick tacky designer glue--the one in the pink bottle--since it holds as well as hot glue and doesn't run the risk of blistering my fingers or other parts--only to find that I have a virtually empty bottle.
If you think I'm going to risk life and sanity diving into the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy for a bottle of glue, you need to rethink. Instead, I'm planning to stitch until it's time to sling the turkey breast into the oven. And then I plan to stitch after dinner. And then I plan to stitch tomorrow. And the next day. And the next . . .there's a LOT to be thankful for!