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, April 2, 2016

Never try to count if you're feverish

Earlier this week, I was a little under the weather.

Not in the pale, wan, romantic way in which one reclines upon a chaise longue while a dear caretaker brings one toast and weak tea in china on a silver tray with a rose in a bud vase . . .although I'm sure Dearly Beloved would have made the attempt had I asked. Of course, I would have had to tell him where to find a tray and a bud vase, and the tea he brews is generally strong enough to conquer nations and build empires, but he would have tried.

Instead I had the chills and fever kind where you sip ginger ale slowly and hope it stays where it's supposed to.  Since I didn't think it was fair to my coworkers to bring the Plague to share with them, I stayed home.

What I should have done is curl up in my blankets and marathon old movies, but I figured I had time at home to stitch so I should do that.

I swear I counted the outline for the first bit on this prework project four times and used pins to mark everything before I started to stitch. And immediately after stitching the first frame, I used it to mark off the parameters for the second outline, which I then stitched.

And after doing all that stitching, I found I was a thread off.

As I didn't have enough energy to rant and rave, I mumbled a few choice words under my breath, then decided that I could ease in 1/32 of an inch when I put things together.

And since then I have stitched the inside designs and more or less recovered. And this is where I am as of today:


  1. Looks beautiful! I've done the same thing when I've been under the weather. Most of us have, I'd guess. I'd have found a way to make it work, too. Hope you're feeling better!

  2. Your book pieces look great! IT shouldn't be too hard to squeeze in one thread during assembly. Hope you're feeling better!