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, March 3, 2015

Time, time, time . . .

I've been thinking about time a lot recently.

I'm finding that it takes me more time than it used to take to complete anything.  I used to be a needle so electric I set off sparks.  Now I'm back to candle speed.  I've decided there are three reasons for this.

I'm older and I don't do anything as fast as I used to.

The things that I stitch now are generally more complicated than the ones I did when I started stitching, with the exception of the crewel pieces I did then.

I've discovered that my stitching is better overall if I take my time.

The last one is probably the most important. I can tell if I just want to get something done and over with and when I care about it.  It has occurred to me that I'm happier with the results if I care about what I'm doing.

Well, duh.

At the same time, I have stacks and stacks of things I want to finish, finish-finish, and start-and-finish.

So I need to use the time I have better. Which means that I am not allowing myself to get online until I've stitched, since I can fritter away hours and hours and hours looking at what other people have stitched on Facebook and Pinterest and various and sundry sites. As we were driving home yesterday, I started wondering why I was looking at needlework when I could actually be doing needlework.

So tonight I managed to get a little more stitched into Merry Cox's Young Lady's Workbox project, a class I took in 2012.

Now I'm going to thread up another needle and do a little more.


  1. And with age and experience, also comes wisdom? Good for you!!

  2. I have the same problem. I try hard to be off the internet by 7 pm and if I could stay awake, SHOULD have time to stitch. LOL Maybe I should do the stitching in the afternoon and the internet after 7? Have to change something, there's a lot of beautiful patterns out there just waiting to be stitched.

  3. I so identify with your sentiment. There are just so many beautiful things to look at on the net; it is irresistible. I have to take myself in hand to leave it and get to my own stitching too. Love your house. See here I am looking again...

  4. Your class piece is looking good. I do notice the difference in my stitches when I'm rushing or taking the time to do it right!