Friday, December 31, 2021
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Monday, December 27, 2021
I was putting little bits and pieces together, joining Parts A to Parts B to make Parts C which will then be turned into Part D for Betsy Morgan's Christmas etui--and I got very tired of not having anything actually finished.
So I skipped ahead and put the scissors fob and scissors sheath together.
That still leaves all the parts that make the box to put together, and I do have a needle book to assemble, but at least part of the set is done.
And I feel a sense of accomplishment.
Sunday, December 26, 2021
For the final Sampler Sunday in 2021, I have a finish!
In 2011, Margriet Hogue of The Essamplaire offered an online class for Rebecah French, a reproduction of a sampler stitched in 1802. Rebecah was nine years old at the time.
Of course I signed up to take the class, and I have worked on it, off and on.
Obviously, more off than on.
But now, after ten years, Rebecah is finished!
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
I spent yesterday doing most of the prep work to assemble Betsy Morgan's Christmas Spirit etui.
There are now way too many little stacks of stuff on my work surface.
I still have to make twisted cords--four of them--and do a little embellishment for the lid, but I think, before I do those things, I want to sew some parts together. Having all these bits and pieces floating around makes me just a tad bugnutz crazy. No reason to make that state of mind worse!
Sunday, December 19, 2021
I've spent the last couple of days puttering around, so this is all I managed to do on this Sampler Sunday.
I do plan to work on this a little more tonight while watching reruns of All Creatures Great and Small, so there could quite possibly be more to see tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I've been trying to decide if I want to start a new project on Christmas. Dearly Beloved and I will have a quiet day. He will have his nose in his new book (shh, don't tell), and I'm sure I could find something to do. Then again, I'm starting a major new project on New Year's--that's already been decided.
So maybe I should aim to finish something before the end of the year. I believe I'll think about that.
Friday, December 17, 2021
Not long after I finished Barbara Jackson's Christmas is Coming Etui, I discovered that she had posted the finishing directions for Be of Good Cheer.
So I finished it.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
I thought I was going to knock out the assembly of the tray to Barbara Jackson's Christmas is Coming in a day.
I was wrong.
But, on Day Three of the assembly process, it is complete!
I fear that I am slowing down in my old age. I need to figure out how to speed up if I'm going to get my stash stitched in the next 385 years.
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Sampler Sunday seems to roll around faster every week. I am not complaining, just thought I would mention that Christmas and the end of the year are barreling down like speed skaters in the Olympics.
I have flowers, with more to come.
Friday, December 10, 2021
When your cookie baking extravaganza is derailed when your oven doesn't heat (apparently it needs a new thermostat, and we hope that particular part is available and not sitting on a container ship somewhere), you have to find something else to do.
So you stitch.
And another ornament is ready for the assembly part. As this is a class, I'm going to wait until the finishing directions are posted so I can do it correctly.
Today, by the way, is Mother's 94th birthday, so we went to visit her. I asked her how old she was and she said, "75, that's old enough."
I disagree. I need another 385 years to stitch everything I want to.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Well, actually, he has arrived, at least in the form of this year's ornament from Barbara Jackson for Shining Needle Society.
Now, I was planning to put the tray for Barbara's Etui together. Actually, I planned to start that yesterday, but it took me longer to clear things from the Tudor project away than I expected. I had to add the leftover threads and metals to the stash for future projects. I needed to clear out the project bag and decide what I wanted to keep and what I needed to let go.
And then I got distracted by the stash while I was doing all that.
I need to stop making lists of things I want to stitch and just stitch it. All of it.
Anyway, I had decided to work on assembling this morning, but my old workplace requested some product testing, so instead of working on my stuff, I started working on theirs.
Tonight, though, I believe I need to put at least a few stitches into Santa.
Monday, December 6, 2021
I think I'm through with the Tudor project.
I could put a stitched outline around the center motif in addition to the crimped metal band--at the same time, I think I may have enough glitz. I'm going to leave it sitting up in the frame across the room for a couple of days to see how I feel. At the moment, I feel like I'm through.
In fact, I feel so much like I'm through that I'm planning to put away the "stuff" that accumulates as you work a project. Because there's been so much metal in this one, that means my goldwork tools need to be stashed as well.
The plan after finishing this was to start assembling things this afternoon. The plan has changed. I think I need a nap.
Sunday, December 5, 2021
We have had our Holiday Extravaganza! When you combine Thanksgiving, two December birthdays, and Christmas into one weekend, you have a lot of cooking and baking and eating. Then you have recovering from cooking and baking and eating.
It was all delightful.
Despite two solid days in the kitchen, I was able to stitch just a little bit, and there are now two birds on the bottom of the Rebecah French sampler.
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Only one more step, and the Tudor project will be done!
My center motif is . . . slightly . . . different. Somehow, I managed to turn the pattern a quarter turn when I was ready to transfer the design, and that meant that I needed to move the flowers around a little. What can I say? It's an adaptation.
I need to add trim around the edges of the center motif, and I may add some surface stitching on either side of the applied trim.
And then I'll get down to putting some things together. And decking the halls. And baking cookies. Christmas is only a little over three weeks away.