For the last couple of weeks, I've puttered more than I've stitched. I don't have much to show for the puttering, but I did find a project I wanted to work on.
Merry Cox designed Tend Thy Sheep in the late 90's. Then it was offered by Shining Needle in 2011. I started it then, but for some reason, it sank into the stash until I uncovered it in the puttering around. I think I probably had a pilot project show up--I was doing a lot of pilot stitching then--and just never got back to it.
Almost all is worked over one thread, and the linen is not cooperating. I tend to like closely woven linen with some body. This appears to be hand-dyed, so it's very soft and the threads are all wibbledy-wobbledy, so I have to be careful about where I put my needle. Generally I hoop or frame linens like this, but the piece is tiny and I don't have a hoop that really fits it well. Actually, you can see the hoop marks where I tried.
I will most definitely work on it until it's stitched because it's been marinating in the stash for ten years. This is not the longest something has "matured" before I got back to it, but I haven't worked one of Merry's pieces in a long time and I miss her workshops and projects.
I just realized something. When I finish the stitching on this, I will then have five projects that need to be assembled sitting by the wing chair.
That is simply terrifying.