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.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Well, it's about time!

 Emie's Etui is done!

I had planned to stay up Tuesday until the innards of the case were assembled, and I did. Only they were assembled in the wrong place. I created new ugly words, ripped out, and went to bed.

It is very rare that I sleep the night through. Generally, I wake up 4 or 5 hours after I go to bed. If I can make myself relax, I can drop off, but if my brain clicks on, I'm doomed for an hour or so before I can finally get back to sleep. Generally I obsess about something going on at work, which is not a pleasant way to spend the wee dark hours of the night.

In fact, I had wondered, with my impending retirement, what in the world I would think about in the middle of the night.

Now I know. I'll think about putting things together and where I went wrong and how to fix it. As it was, I thought about that the other night to the point of ridiculousness. I finally got up, came downstairs, and sewed the case together again.

In a new and also wrong way.

At this point, Emie went into time-out and I did other things until I finally decided that walking into walls was a bad idea. I went back upstairs and took a nap.

And when I got up that time, I got the case sewn together the way it should have been.

This has some interesting construction.  There are pockets inside for the scissors and thread winder.

And there is a pocket on the outside that holds the needle book:

That's the slit at the top, between the bows. The needle book slides right in.

And I was asked what the inside of the needle book looks like:

In the interest of full disclosure, I must mention that there is supposed to be a little felt button bag that sits on the cord for the closure band. I made the button bag, then tried to thread the cord that would connect it to the closure band through a couple of buttons that act as stoppers. I broke both of the ones that came with the kit. Not a problem--I have buttons in the stash. So I found a couple that were about the same size but a little thicker--and broke both of them.

At that point, I was done and declared the project complete.

Now, on to the next finishing project. I have a sweet bag that needs to have eyelets added before the final finishing. I have a project that needs to have a box lined and a couple of smalls assembled. Then I have two sets of smalls with multiple pieces and more complicated assemblies.

I think I'll take a nap before I decide.


  1. Beautiful finish Ann...worth the 'side trips'!

  2. Wonderful finish , well worth a few sleepless nights .
    Which most of us get at times .
    Enjoy your day.

  3. I do sympathise with your sleeping habits, I am exactly the same. I got up to use the toilet at 2 this morning only to notice that my husband had left the hall light on, so after going to switch that off I was awake for a good hour. I usually think about something stitchy related to try and get myself to sleep again, but it doesn't always work. Love the Etui, great work.

  4. Beautiful work on the Etui. Love it.

  5. Oh your finishing is impeccable, Ann. Methinks you are too hard on yourself, though, but I do empathize!

  6. Oh Ann, this is stunning. Well done on your finish! I am playing catching up with your blog posts; for some reason, I hadn't seen any of your new posts. Enjoy your weekend!