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, March 21, 2020

New and old normal

I've spent this week transitioning from working in an office to working at home, and, once one last piece of technology is installed, I'll be working from home full-time. We have permission to go into the office if we need to print a document or pick up a file or something, but otherwise, we are hanging out at home.

Dearly Beloved has been "foraging" early in the morning, immediately after the stores open after being closed for deep cleaning and re-stocking. So, like everybody else, we're learning to deal with the new normal.

And we do have toilet paper.

Despite the fact that my corner of the living room now has a tangle of cords instead of a tangle of threads, I've been getting a little bit of stitching done.

Finally the second profile on the needle book for Ode to Jane Austen is stitched!  And I started on the panel for the messenger bag, which will become a holder for a spool of thread or pearl cotton.

I am so close to having all the bits and pieces of this project stitched . . . so close . . . so very close . . .

But I'm starting to get restless. Even though I said this was going to be the year I was going to finish at least a fraction of the workshop and online class projects I have started, I'm beginning to get the urge to start something completely new. You know, untouched ground fabric, threads to sort and organize, instructions to read over, a brand new beginning.

It may not have been helped when a package arrived:

Margriet had a sale about a month ago, and I've been looking at these samplers for awhile, so I splurged.

And I do have scroll frames available . . . 

Nope, nope, nope, I need to keep my eye on the prize and get some UFO's into the FO category.

Unless, of course, being home full-time starts to drive me bugnutz crazy and I need a distraction.

Stay tuned.


  1. Glad you're able to work from home...I always loved being able to stay in "comfy" clothes when I did it. Work on whatever strikes your fancy during these crazy times..I'm flitting from project to project to keep my interest up and not get bored!!! Be well!

  2. How I wish I were on the work-from-home list! Glad you're able to do so and will be staying in for the most part. Love the bit about DB foraging - when mine comes home from the store, there's always been a touch of the hunter showing off what he managed to bag, lol.

    Pretty, *pretty* new samplers! Been feeling that urge to start on something new myself (even though before this week it had been months since I'd managed to pick up a needle for anything other than mending).

  3. Lovely samplers you collected, Ann! The bits on the Jane Austin piece look good.

    I am glad you are going to be able to work from home.

    Take care and stay well!