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.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Flitting about

I haven't been able to settle down to any particular project and today was no exception.

I was rummaging around in the stash, looking for something else entirely, when I found a pile of projects that haven't seen the light of day this year. I decided to rectify that immediately.

I'd stitched all the double running bands on Mary Atwood last year and then stopped before I started the reversible cross stitch bands.  I don't remember what project distracted me, although I'm sure that's what happened.

I had to get my brain in gear to think reversibly and to work over three threads, which took a couple of letters to happen. Then, just as I was really getting good at it, Mary threw me a curve and changed things to the type of reversible cross that creates an open box on the reverse side.  Just as I could automatically decide which way to cross and which way to turn to move to the next part of the letter--if you've done reversible cross stitch, you know what I'm talking about.

Rather than make myself crazy stitching letters in another format, I moved to the next project.

"So Dear to Thy Heart" is the project Merry Cox taught at Christmas in Williamsburg in 2011. I know because I have the class certificate with the date on it. I really do not know why I haven't finished this--I take it out, do a little, and then put it away again. And I love this design.

Anyway, tonight I finished the motifs to the right of the lady and worked the flowering plant to her left. I need to stitch more fence and a cat, then chart out my name, etc for the bottom. Then, there are accessory bits to work that will fit into the box for the project.

I do wish I were the kind of stitcher who could work on only one project at a time until it's finish-finished, or the kind who can stick to a business-like rotation system, or the kind who can avoid temptation. I'm not. So I guess I'm going to continue to flit from one to another until something gets done, despite myself.


  1. Well, you could look at it this're always working on something that excites you. Eventually, it all comes back around. And eventually, although maybe not in the way you first thought, it will get done! Laura

  2. Ann- I flit around too. And wish I could see each project thru to completeness before moving on to the next one.

    {sigh}, I guess we could call it a ADD.

  3. I used to fret about that very thing...that often I got immersed in the 'next' project with finishing bits on the last left undone. Now I realize eventually, I'll get back to it and get it done, but it may not be this year. :)
    Love your work!