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, April 11, 2021

not making any plans, nope, not me

 I had some plans for this year.

For one thing, I wanted to blog more. When I'm blogging, I tend to stitch more than I do when I'm not writing about it. 

So February was Embroidery Month--and I didn't blog more.

And March was Craft Month--and I didn't blog more.

And April doesn't have a relationship to embroidery or craft, but it is the month when things really seem to start budding and blooming, so it would be a good time to get my blog going more than once a week.

But I need to stitch to blog.

Monday, I started stitching and made a major counting error, so there was nothing to see.

Tuesday, I decided to start on the insides of the piece I was stitching and work the outline from that point outward. Then I decided I would need to have three needles threaded so I could easily move from one area to the next. And that's when I decided, after the day I'd had at work, trying to keep three needles untangled was more than my little pointy head or fumbling fingers could handle.

Wednesday, I just sat in my corner and brooded.

So on Thursday, I decided I wanted to work on something different and entirely new since I have not started a new, pristine project in 2021. This meant my evening was spent stash diving, and I came up with Betsy Morgan's Christmas Etui. 

So on Friday, I found a scroll frame and spent the evening sewing the linen to the bars. (When I win the lottery, I am going to hire people to sew linen to scroll bars and attach linen to slate frames and tack canvases to stretcher bars.) There is no stitching to see, just linen on scroll bars.

And that brings me to the week-end. I had already decided it was going to be a finishing week-end, and I wanted to put Jackie's Needle Woman's Work Tray together.

Yesterday, I managed to sew the needle packet together:

And then I started on the tray itself, and misread the directions, so much of what I did last evening, I will need to remove today.

I am not making plans for stitching or blogging this week.


  1. You know the story of the cobbler and the elves (or sprites, or whatever they were?0 If I was in the fairy tale, my elves would tape and mount my canvases, and do any basting or marking.

  2. Sorry, Ann, I got stuck where you said you hadn't yet started a new project this year. It's April and you haven't started anything new?? Are you okay? :P

    My "stitching" this past week consisted of putting my three tote bags containing my WIPs and kitted-up-and-want-to-start-right-now projects, putting them in a box, and taking them (and a number of other things that filled up the car, but those weren't stitchy things so they barely count) to our new house. Um, yeah - no stitching for me for a while.

    Your needle packet is very pretty! And I know you'll get the other part together correctly quite soon.