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, March 28, 2015


I had thought about working on the next bit of the Fair Maiden Etui finishing, but I wanted to embroider today instead.

But what . . .

A few weeks ago, I had made a little list of things I wanted to do and when I wanted to do them. As it always happens when I make a little list of things I want to do and when I want to do them, immediately I lost interest in everything on the list. It's as though writing things down means they're done and over with.  So nothing on the list appealed.

And then I rationalized that I really should start something new since I've finished the embroidery on Fair Maiden and the Tulip Tray.

This is what I decided to do:

I've loved this project since I first saw a picture of it several years ago, and I was lucky enough to receive the kit last year. It's a teaching piece from Barbara Jackson, and it just makes my heart sing. Today it made my fingers fly. All the lettering is completed and I may get the other side piece stitched before I go to bed tonight.

And that will be a good day's work.


  1. It's absolutely lovely and is going on my 'Must Have' list. Do you have an idea where I should look for it?

  2. It's the absolutely best feeling to start new cross stitch projects, isn't it?!


  3. It's always so nice to work on something that just calls to you!

  4. Have been trying to locate the Shepherdess for the longest while...cannot
    locate on either Barbara Jackson or Tristan sites... How did you find it?

    1. It's a teaching piece, so you may want to contact Barbara to see where it will be taught next. Sometimes "ghosts" are allowed in classes, depending on circumstances and the teacher's preferences.

    2. Many thanks, lady Ann ~