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, February 19, 2017

Progress Report

I didn't mean to let the blog go dark for a solid week--but the last week was not a pleasant one for a variety of reasons.

There were a couple of bright spots: Dearly Beloved came through and then some for Valentine's Day, and The Flash sang me a Valentine song of his own composition. It consisted of singing Happy Valentine Day in a variety of keys and voices, over and over. As hesitant as I am to say this, I don't believe he inherited his great-grandfather's glorious singing voice. Apparently it skips a generation--the Big Kid seems to have it.

Despite other things, I have been stitching:

I've finished the first band of Isabella, a Group Correspondence Course from EGA that I'm taking through my local chapter. It's designed by Barbara Kershaw--and it's reawakening my love of drawn thread.

Eve has more background. You will also notice that I'm filling in the background in amongst the little curlicue and furbelows--not making that mistake again!

I've decided on the crewel design for lunch time stitching. This Elsa Williams pattern was started by a dear friend who passed away. Her family donated parts of her stash to our guild, and we held a silent auction to benefit our activities.  Even though the way she stitched is not the way I stitch, I'm leaving her stitches in place so I will always have a little bit of her in my life.

And I started this little bit from Jackie du Plessis' Aubergine set while visiting Mother. This will make another set of toys for my collection.

One more work week, and I am off for a week in Williamsburg for a needlework retreat. A whole week. A WHOLE WEEK!!!!  I keep saying I should just take a couple of projects to focus on--but I'm having a problem doing that.

So, I've decided to take at least half a dozen different things, just so I can see how far I can get when I have a whole day to focus on a single project.

Good thing I've started about half a dozen things this year, so I won't have to make so many decisions.


  1. Eve is looking fantastic - obvious progress since your last picture. :) Drawn thread band is very pretty too (brave you!)

    A whole week for a stitchy retreat sounds fabulous - enjoy!!

  2. I'm so jealous that you are going for the whole week- I'll see you on Wednesday. I'm bringing Tribute in hopes of getting that started so that we can have the support group you mentioned for finishing in 2018!! Your finishes and constant progress encourages me!