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.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Lots to do, little done!

I am the very first to admit that I don't stitch much in stitching classes. Usually there is a lot of information to absorb and I have notes to take. Today was one of those days.

I'm taking two classes this year, and the morning class for these three days of the seminar is Elizabeth Gooch:

The center panel of this sampler is pretty much all reversible cross stitch, the outer two panels are free hand embroidery.

As we all know, I require the security of the wing chair to tackle reversible cross stitch.  I require the security of the wing chair and an adult beverage to tackle free hand embroidery--which is weird, because the first needlework I did was crewel. This project will happen after I get home, although, like the excellent directions of all Joanne Harvey' samplers, you just need basic literacy, two functioning brain cells, and the ability to thread a needle to stitch a remarkably accurate reproduction. She definitely has the most complete instructions of anyone.

Then this afternoon, I had Jackie du Plessis' Moment in Time:

We spent most of the afternoon going over the assembly directions for the pouch. I actually think that I am starting to speak finish-finishing, because I understood everything that we're supposed to do with this--and even more, the logic behind it! This is a miracle, pure and simple.

And I did get a needle threaded in this class:

Hey, it's a start!


  1. I do love this project from Jackie!

  2. I never stitch much in classes, either. What's not to love about that fabulous sampler and Jackie's piece is stunning. Hers always are. A lovely little start, too!

  3. Just a little jealous! Two fabulous projects and two great teachers, although I understand Joanne isn't well enough to attend this year. I was lucky enough to take part in Christmas in Williamsburg a few years ago and loved every minute. Unfortunately it's a long way from my home in France so I'll have to share the fun through your posts for the foreseeable future! Looking forward to seeing your progress with both these.
    Sue in Normandy.

  4. Wow, those projects look challenging! Very pretty though

  5. very beautiful! I would love to embroider it. Where can I get it! Thank you

    1. Both are teaching pieces. I understand they are available only in class, although Traditional Stitches in Canada carries a lot of Joanne Harvey's sampler kits. They may be able to get it for you.