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, March 8, 2015


I had issues yesterday.

  • Panic Attack 1: I could not find the embroidery for May Your Hands/Shady Bower where I thought it should be.
  • Panic Attack 2: This resulted in excavating the finishing basket, which was more like an archaeological dig than I really wanted it to be. I did find treasures, but was also reminded I need to keep the sewing machine set up.
  • Panic Attack 3: I finished two more little sections of the Fair Maiden Etui, which resulted in the realization that it was now time to put it together.  This project is more of an engineering project than a sewing one, and I'm more than a wee bit intimidated by the finishing.

The last two bits, the top and the front of the drawer.

I've been asked why I don't just send my stuff off to someone to have it put together. I will admit, I've had a couple of bad experiences with finishers, but the major reason is that I figure if I can do complicated stitches comfortably, I should be able to master finishing techniques. And at some point, I will.

Probably by the time I get to the bottom of the finishing basket.

*If this is the worst stuff I have to panic over, I lead a charmed life.


  1. I love the first sentence...I had issues yesterday. LOL I totally understand! I did a beautiful Shepard's Bush years ago, I am still looking for the buttons that I put in a really safe place!

  2. I know I've been asked to help a friend finishing an Etui and I'm not looking forward to it!