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, October 6, 2017


I didn't think I would ever get this part of Mary Otter stitched.

I like Queen stitches, really I do--but there are a lot of them in this border. The vine isn't so bad but the strawberries and their little leaves involve a lot of starting and stopping. A LOT of starting and stopping.

Normally I do all of the borders on schoolgirl samplers, just to get them out of the way. Mainly it's because, after a while, they get boring. Really, really boring.  And I like getting them out of the way before I start the fun parts in the middle--sort of like eating all your peas and carrots so you can have dessert.

However, at the moment, I think if I have to do another Queen stitch, I might start frothing at the mouth.

So I'm going to do some of the fun stuff in the middle before I go back to more . . . and more . . . and more Queen-stitched strawberries.


  1. I too dislike a lot of starting and stopping, changing thread colors, but the tri-color berries do look awfully nice!

  2. Hooray for the fun parts so you can have a change of pace (and NOT start frothing...). The strawberries do look wonderful.

  3. I don't mind doing Queen stitches either, but this project would drive me around the bend!! You definitely need a break - go do some of the fun stuff. :)

  4. Ann, How exciting to see your progress on Mary Otter!!! Looks like you're almost down to those gorgeous Parrots and the Verse. I finally finished charting Jannet Stevenson, and bless her little Scottish heart, she included two large Queen Stitch Strawberry pyramids on her sampler but the border is composed of Thistles and Fushia in Cross Stitch Over Two. Now, do I stitch the model on 36 count or 40? The antique is on 38 count....