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.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Another good mail day!

 Today was another very good mail day!


It's even better in person than it is in the photo on Amy Mitten's site.

I am trying to be strong and not start it. I did cut out templates and iron-in interfacing yesterday, and I practiced double knotted buttonhole--and I really need to get the prework done for my auditing class in July--but this is so cute!

I truly need to have 36 hours in a day. And I thought I would have so much time when I retired . . . 


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Making Progress

So I'm still working on Tribute, which has more stitching than I remembered from when I took the class. It's probably a good thing that I pulled it out to work on again if I'm auditing the class in early July so I can review the assembly process.


 I had a chance to work on it this morning at a stitch-in that some of the members of my EGA chapter have started. I've had plans to attend this weekly event for . . . well . . . weeks . . . and something always interfered. I actually made it there today, and will do my best to go again. It's a lovely, supportive group, and I got a good bit of over-one stitching done while I was there.

Harmony has not been ignored. I have my muslin pad assembled so I can work the detached elements for the panel I worked on at the beginning of the year. However, the first bit I want to do is a knotted triple buttonhole stitch. Have I ever done a knotted triple buttonhole stitch? I have not. Can I do it? Not without some practice. Change that--not without a good bit of practice if I want it to look like a knotted triple buttonhole stitch instead of a mess of knots. So I have set up a practice piece of linen and I am slowly and carefully making my way through the diagrams and photos and written directions on how to triple and knot and buttonhole some thread.

But tomorrow, I am going to start putting Carmen's Etui together. I have decided I absolutely cannot start another project until something is put together. Carmen has been stitched for a couple of months--maybe longer--so it's going to move toward a finish.

Of course, starting a new project is one of the joys of stitching . . . 

And temptation is so strong . . .

Monday, May 16, 2022

Getting back in the groove

 There was no Sampler Sunday yesterday. After stitching like a maniac, and having to tightly hold bits and pieces together to assemble Bird in Hand, my hands announced that they needed to take a day off.

So I spent the day playing in the stash. And that resulted in deciding to pull Tribute out of the pile and doing a few more stitches this morning to get that project back underway.

I originally took this class at Christmas in Williamsburg a number of years ago. The class was packed, shoulder to shoulder, which created a less than optimal learning situation. When I reviewed my notes, I realized that I must have missed some things in all the confusion--so I am auditing the class at Sassy Jack's in July. I would like to have all the stitching done so I can zoom right into the finishing as soon as I'm home again. That means I need to work on this. 

I still want to work on the innards for Dear Heart, the last class I took from Jackie, and I'm going to pick up Harmony again, this week, do or die. So I have plenty to do, and I'm looking forward to plopping myself in the wing chair and getting it done.

I have a dear friend who has asked me to stitch the model for one of her reproduced samplers--and I'll slot that into my stitching routine. We had lunch together today--commiserated about elderly parents, solved the problems of the world, and figured out the programs for the next two years in our sampler guild--it was a delightful interlude. The last couple of years without those simple pleasures have taken their toll, and, while still being very careful, it's so nice to have the chance to spend time together. 

It's absolutely worth it to get a needle in the arm to be able to get out and about with fewer fears!

 


Saturday, May 14, 2022

What I did this week

Last Saturday I took an online class with Catherine Theron with the Orange Coast Sampler Guild.

Today I finished the project.


 Bird in Hand Sewing Companion

Actually, I started to assemble it yesterday, but after a couple of errors, I figured it probably wasn't the best idea to work on finishing on Friday the 13th, so I stopped and puttered around the house for a bit.

I believe I will press the top just a little more--with all the handling  to get the fiddly bits sewn together, I squished it a little. I'd like for it to lie a little flatter, but other than that, I am quite pleased. Then I need to decide what kind of trouble to get into this evening. I don't think I'll stitch any more today--my hands are telling me it's time to take a break.



Thursday, May 12, 2022

It's a Bird!

 All the stitching for Bird in Hand is done!

I plan to start the assembly tomorrow, then get back to my original plans aspirations for the month.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Committed Now

 I've committed to finishing the Bird in Hand needlecase/pin cushion in May. Of this year.

I'm planning to work on this the rest of the day.

So far, my plans for today have not worked out, so I'm not optimistic. I was planning to go to my EGA chapter's weekly stitch-in this morning. I didn't get there because I slept until almost 10, when it's scheduled to start.

Generally I pop out of bed without need of an alarm clock between 7:30 and 8--but night before last, Dearly Beloved was very restless and kept waking me up. He had gone to bed "early" since he had a doctor's appointment at 9:45 yesterday morning. One thing you need to know about Dearly Beloved is that he is a night owl,  and generally stays up until 3 or 4 a.m. This can be a problem if you have an early start planned for a trip, or a morning doctor's appointment--his body just doesn't want to go to sleep when it should. So he tossed and turned and muttered and got up and down. 

And woke me up off and on all night. I was weary all day yesterday, so it's not quite the surprise it should have been when I slept in today.

I used to wonder why my grandparents had separate bedrooms. I finally decided it some kind of Victorian holdover--but now I'm reconsidering that idea.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Another Happy Mail Day

 A second day of stash enhancement!

The Crewel Work Company has been sponsoring a needlework festival for a number of years, and occasionally there are extra kits or extra designs available later for sale. Several years ago, I invested in ornaments that Alison Cole offered, and I took advantage of another designer's work recently.

You open the shipping box, and this is what you see:


Such an elegant presentation!

And then you open the box--it's just like Christmas!--and you find this:


The design is Zina Kaxban's Elizabethan Moth. The instruction book is thorough, complete, and well-illustrated, but if you would like extra help, you can purchase the online class with Zina, or you can contact her directly--the instruction book provides her email address.

And then there are the materials, beautifully and carefully packaged. Luscious colors of silk, shiny metal threads--all the things I love to work with.

I'm trying to stick to my stitching plan for May, but I'm having a very hard time doing it.

A very hard time.


Monday, May 9, 2022

Happy Monday Mail Day

 Today was a good mail day.

A new Barbara Jackson kit arrived on the doorstep.

I love Barbara's designs. I love her little people, I love her colors, I love her style. And this is going to be fun to stitch, with the different flowers on each heart.

It is a class from Shining Needle, and the first lesson hasn't been posted yet--but I just may have to dig out the right sized stretcher bars and get ready to start. Actually, I may just have to start.

Seriously?  I think I will have to stick a needle in this before I go to bed.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Strawberries for Mother's Day

 I may not have real strawberries, but I do have a couple of stitched ones:

I thought I might get the leaves worked as well, but I got a late start.  I stayed up past my bedtime last night, finishing the outlines of the panels for Bird in Hand. However, that may be just as well--I have to work the leaves in trellis stitch and I need to think about that a bit before I start. They're going to be worked around and around from outside to inside, so it may be like spiral trellis in a way. I think I may have to doodle a little.

Meanwhile, I have talked to son and daughter, daughter-in-law, and grandson today. It's been a lovely Mother's Day--and Dearly Beloved is cooking tonight! Perfect way to end the day . . . 

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Threads every which way

I have working threads strewn all over my linen.

 I'm setting up the panels for the Bird in the Hand Sewing Companion, a Zoom class from Catherine Theron that I took today with the Orange Coast Sampler Guild.

I had thought about getting it all stitched ahead of class--but then I had my second Covid booster. Like the first one, this one didn't make me sick, but it did make me sleepy. As in standing up and leaning against the wall sleepy. As in crossed-eyes sleepy.

As I would much prefer being sleepy to getting Covid, I am not complaining. But, since I'm finally coming out of the fog, I'd like to get the parts of this completed before I forget the nuances of the finishing process.

Assuming I wasn't too sleepy during the class to catch onto those nuances.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Working on my drawers

The innards for Be Still My Heart are finished and installed.


 Of course, this isn't all that's involved in this project. I have two pin cushions and a sampler roll to stitch and complete, but I really wanted to have this part assembled while I remembered what to do.

Meanwhile, Dearly Beloved has been afflicted by the malady I had earlier in the week. I had planned to go to an EGA stitch-in this morning, then we had plans for the rest of the week which included a quick trip out of town. I decided, just in case I was still a carrier, to stay home from the stitch-in, and neither of us is up to traveling at the moment.

I've decided this means more stitching time--as soon as I pick up some more saltines and chicken noodle soup.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Lost Day

I woke up this morning quite unwell. To be as delicate as possible, it's been a ginger-ale-and-cracker day. 

So that meant that I wasn't going to work on any assembly or challenging stitching. What I could do was start the work on the Bird in Hand kit that will be a Zoom class on Saturday.

And this is what I did:


 And that tired me out, so I had to take a nap.

When I woke up, I felt much better, but still not up to assembly or challenging stitching. So I believe I will continue with this for the evening.

Let's hope for a better day tomorrow.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Satin Stitching on Sampler Sunday

All the satin stitching for this band of Hannah Thornbush is now done.

Granted, it's a small band, but progress is progress. And, despite using a sharp needle, there was no DNA left in the band.


The strawberries will be detached buttonhole and the leaves filled in with trellis. But not today.  It's clouding up, and I prefer to do those stitches when I have bright daylight.

So what to do with the rest of the day? I have a Zoom class on Saturday, and I think I may iron the linen for the class and sew it to scroll bars.

Even though that will require the continued use of a sharp needle.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Moving along

Today I stitched the top of the pincushion that will fit into the big drawer in Be Still My Heart.


 This means that I have all the parts done so I can construct the insert for the drawer.

Finishing again . . . I love the stitching part of smalls, I love having the finished project. It's that pesky part in the middle that I do not love.

BDE was complaining because she has two stitched projects that now need to be assembled. Should I admit to her that I have a couple of baskets of unfinished smalls? Probably not . . . I believe I need to just hitch up the Granny panties and empty at least one of them out.

Oh, and that means put the projects in it together, not just dump it out to see what's in it . . .

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Deja Vu all over again

If this looks very familiar, it probably is.

Every single, solitary stitch needed to complete the last panel for Behold Thy Beauty is done. 

I am going to take the linen off the scroll frame, cut the panels apart, and stow them away in their project bag until I go to Sassy Jack's in July. There, I will audit the class so I can figure out what the notes I took several years ago mean, and put the etui together.

I do have an edging stitch to work on a separate piece. Apparently I started it in class, but I'm going to have to doodle a little to figure out exactly how I did it then so I can continue to do it now.

I have directions for four small accessory pieces, plus the stitching tray, that go with the etui. All of them have variations on this basic design. I had been thinking I would go ahead and knock them out while I have this project bag handy and the design in my head.

Then I decided I need a vacation from this particular design, so I'll work on a few other things before I circle back. My Stitcher' ADD is really starting to jump up and down, so it's time to move on.

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

A couple of hours

 I haven't been retired so long that I've forgotten what day it is, and this is definitely not Sampler Sunday.

However, once a month, I have a two hour Zoom class, and I have found that I listen better if my hands are busy. I didn't want to work on anything that required constant referral to a chart, or, Heaven forbid, accurate counting--but I could do satin stitch to fill in motifs.

So I got most of the double running on the current band of Hannah Thornbush completed, and I spent my time in class filling in satin stitch.

I think this was also a good exercise to determine exactly how much I can accomplish with two hours of consistent stitching. The answer is, more than I expected but not as much as I would like.

And this is another place on this project in which I wish we had been given a chart that showed all the bands together. This was an online class, and we only received the charts for the bands we were to work on for that particular lesson. The row to show where to place this band in relationship to the previous one isn't always clear, and I do believe I am a stitch or two farther to the left than I should be.

I have also decided I don't care and I'm not ripping it out. So there!

(I can hear generations of school teachers and perfectionist ancestors gasping in dismay. Alas, I am being contrary once again!)

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Real Life

Since the last time I wrote, Real Life has intruded on my stitching life, so there's been very little to report.

However, I've made a start on the next band of Hannah Thornbush, a rather pathetic start, but at least it's a start.

And there was a little stitched into Behold Thy Beauty:


This is the part of the pattern where the repetition starts to get to me. I think I'm going to move to working one strand every day or two until it's done.

And I think I'll have to employ the same tactic for this lovely accessory piece. I do want to get this stitched and assembled, simply because it will make displaying the etui and accessories so much easier.


So, onward and upward. I have one more day of Real Life--a dentist appointment to do the final steps after a root canal tomorrow--and then I hope and pray that I can go back to the schedule I set up months ago.

Or, I could work on some finishing. Or start a new project.  Checking things off my to-do list doesn't seem to be very successful, so I may as well try to be flexible!


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Second (or Third) Verse, Same as the First

 For the next several days, you may be visited by a sense of deja vu, because what I'm hoping to work on is a repeat of a pattern previously stitched. Previously stitched twice, as a matter of fact.

When I worked the dividing band on Behold Thy Beauty, it occurred to me that I had this one section to stitch, and a decorative edge stitch on another piece, and the five panels of embroidery for the bag part of this set would be complete. This would be very good, since I'm going to audit the class at Sassy Jack's this summer to go over the finishing directions again.

So here's the start for the last piece of the bag:


By no means is the last time this design will be repeated.  A kit for a stitched tray was available for purchase when I took the class originally--which means this band pattern will need to be stitched another four times.

Maybe I'll have it memorized by the time I start that.


Monday, April 18, 2022

Mindlessly stitching

 There wasn't much sleeping last night.

After about four hours in bed, the Very Bad Knee decided to let me know that it disapproved of the change in weather, which is causing lower temps and rain. It started throbbing. Then the Not Quite As Bad Knee and the hip on that side didn't want the Very Bad Knee to have all the fun--and they joined in. This meant that I spent the remainder of the night trying to find a comfortable position. On those times when I dozed off for a few, I had weird dreams. I finally gave up and got up.

But this means that Harmony, which I had planned hoped to work on today was off the list of today's activities. Too much decision-making and skill required for that one--so I needed something mindless.

I don't have many mindless projects in the current pile of projects.

However, Behold Thy Beauty has another section that needed a dividing band worked, and the design on it is almost all cross stitch over one. That's the easiest stitching in the pile, so that's what I've been doing this afternoon.


I have been thinking about starting the vine, but I'm not entirely sure I can remember how to count. I may try it--or I could doze in my chair for a few minutes to see if that helps.

Dozing sounds good. And if you wonder why I haven't taken a nap--basically, when I take a nap, I generally wake up crankier than I was when I went back to bed--and then I can't sleep at night again. I used to be able to nap and loved long Sunday afternoons reading and sleeping. This is another thing that my increasing age and decrepitude have changed. Phooey!

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Back to the schedule

 It's been ages since I had a Sampler Sunday, so, to celebrate Easter, I decided to get back to my routine.

I'm so close to having the rest of the detached buttonhole on the strawberries done. If I weren't going cross-eyed working on them, I would have kept on, but I decided it was time to take a stroll and blow the cobwebs out and give my eyes a different focal point. I'll get back to them once I finish this post.

There was also a little more done on Dear Heart yesterday.


Jackie's flowers looked so smooth and even. Mine do not, despite spending a couple of hours doodling. I finally decided I'm doing an adaptation--funny how that keeps happening--and I have roses, which are never exactly the same. Otherwise, I don't think this would ever get done, especially since there are 37 bazillion roses on the project.

I believe I can live with it.


Friday, April 15, 2022

Trying . . .

 For the last two mornings, I've hopped tottered out of bed, delighted that there was nothing pressing and I could stitch all day. All day.

And, for the last two days, life has jumped in the way with things that seemed to take priority to other people, and that meant that I didn't get to stitch all day.

I'm a wee bit frustrated.

But I have done the outlines for the two structural pieces that make up the innards of Dear Heart, and the double sided tape Jackie recommended for attaching the innards to the box has arrived, so tomorrow I hope to stitch all day--and maybe do some finishing, too.

I just have to stitch vines and flowers on this framework before I can start assembling:


Just so you know, Baby Girl BDE has started her own blog. You can see what she's up to at CraftingChronologue.blogspot.com.


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

It was an Impulse

 It has been noted that I like shiny things. And I ran across a designer I hadn't seen before, and she is selling shiny gold work needlework, and I was weak and succumbed to temptation.

I succumbed to temptation three times. You may notice.

The order was filled almost immediately and made it from the UK in about a week, which was nothing short of amazing. In case you would also like to succumb to temptation, the designer's name is Sheila Knight and the name of her Etsy shop is SMKEmbroidery.

Normally I would dive right in, but I am still recovering from the trip. I still can't figure out how riding in a car can be so tiring. Maybe it was riding in a car for long distances four times in a little over a week.

I expect to be back to normal by next week.

Dearly Beloved just asked how I defined normal. He is now going to cook dinner as penance.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Wonderful Things

I'm home again, from another enjoyable weekend at Salty Yarns. I have two new Jackie du Plessis projects to stitch, and I spent the drive here planning my approach to both. 

I believe that I will get the "innards" of both finished and installed, then move on to working on the sewing rolls and other goodies that will live in each--so more to add to the schedule (NOT rotation).

And, while I was gone, the kit for a class with Catherine Theron through the Orange Coast Sampler Guild arrived, along with a needle minder commemorating the 30th anniversary of the group:


Since the beginning of the year, I have added a total of three projects from Jackie, two from Catherine, and the Jane Bostocke sampler--and there's more to come. I believe I need to get stitching!

By the way, it has come to my attention that Baby Girl is years out of university. She has become a self-supporting, self-sustaining, mortgage-paying adult, delightful company under almost every circumstance. Yes, I am very proud of her, but perhaps I should stop calling her Baby Girl on the blog. Henceforth (at least when I remember to do it), she shall be known as Best Daughter Ever (BDE, for short).

All other family I.D.'s will remain the same.


Saturday, April 9, 2022

lovin' it

I have made it back to Salty Yarns for another class with Jackie, and I am loving it.


 We are outfitting a beautiful tiger maple box.  I have managed to line the bottom of the box, and I've made a paper mock-up of the stitching roll that will live in it, and I did a rose on a doodle cloth today.  This may not sound like much to a non-stitcher, but by the time I got the mock-up finished, my head had exploded and I needed a nap. Luckily, this was a good stopping point for the class, so we'll get back to work tomorrow.

I love coming to Salty Yarn for classes--probably have mentioned this a time or twenty.  Not only do we have superb hospitality from Sara and Mary and their crews, the people who attend classes here are delightful.  And helpful. I left my roll of Scotch tape and some other things that I knew I might need sitting on the kitchen table at home. Not a problem--my tablemates were generous and sharing and took care of me.

It's always wonderful when your tribe expands, and the workshops that Salty offers is the reason mine has grown.



Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Finished

I stayed up very late last night, and got up earlier than perhaps I should this morning, but I finished reading the new C.S.Harris Sebastian St Cyr book, "When Blood Lies."

I still have on my nightie and robe, I haven't done a thing to pack or otherwise get ready to leave tomorrow, but I have read, virtually non-stop, since the book arrived on my doorstep in the middle of a raging thunderstorm and pouring rain late yesterday afternoon.

I believe I'll go take a nap so I can be semi-awake at sampler guild tonight. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Not quite . . .

 The hope--notice I said "hope" and not "plan"--was to get the interior compartment fitting for Be Still My Heart completed before I head back to Salty Yarns.

Ain't gonna happen.


I almost have the stitching done for the base of the compartment. For some reason, I've been stitching very slowly today. However, I have done all the laundry--which I am putting right back into my suitcase as soon as I fold it up--and I have figured out some breakfast options (we'll have a kitchen) and started putting that tote bag together. I have also consulted with Baby Girl on travel plans.

So things have been accomplished, just not exactly what I had planned . . . er . . . hoped to do.


Monday, April 4, 2022

To and Fro

Once again, I took the computer with every intention of blogging while I was gone. And, as usual, too much was going on--or I was too brain-dead--to sit down and do anything with it.

Dearly Beloved and I got home late yesterday evening from a quick trip to Salty Yarns, where I took another wonderful class from Jackie du Plessis.


 This is called Be Still My Heart. It will have a fitted compartment in the large drawer at the bottom that holds a variety of goodies, and there will be a pincushion on each of the compartments at the top. I've started on the piece that will be the base for the compartments, and the plan is to continue with that.

Until I go back to Salty Yarns at the end of the week for another class with Jackie. This time, Baby Girl is going to be my traveling companion, and I will take a class called Love Letters.

It is true, I stalk Jackie. You may have noticed. I enjoy her classes, and love the finished projects. And as long as the class is within reasonable driving distance, I take advantage of every opportunity.

So, the rest of the year is going to be devoted to Harmony and Jackie classes and Hannah Thornbush. I decided that on the very long drive home yesterday.

The hospitality at Salty, with Sara and Sally and Mary, was superb, as always. It's one of my very favorite places to visit and take classes.

I am beginning to wonder, though, if the last two years of pandemic shutdowns have affected my roadworthiness. I've always loved road trips, the longer the better. However, I'm finding I don't bounce back like I used to. By the time I got home last night, I was creaking!

So, today I need to figure out a way to oil my joints before I settle down to a lovely day of stitching.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Spring Fever

This wretchedly small amount of stitching is all I've accomplished thus far this week.


I started to say that I have no excuse, but then I thought of one. I have Spring Fever.

And I better recover quickly. Dearly Beloved and I are planning to leave before dawn tomorrow morning to drive to Ocean City, Md, and Salty Yarns, for a class with Jackie du Plessis. Then we are driving home on Sunday.

And a couple of days later, I'm going to repeat the trip, this time with Baby Girl, for another class with Jackie.

It is possible that I will meet myself coming and going.


 

Monday, March 28, 2022

Lost Weekend

 The root canal wasn't going to let me get away easily.

At about 3 a.m. Saturday morning, I was awakened by my tooth throbbing in unison with my heartbeat. This is not a good sign. So, after getting in touch with the dentist's emergency number later Saturday morning, I was armed with antibiotics and pain killers.

The antibiotics seem to be doing their job, but I have to tell you, the pain killers killed the pain and then some. Nothing hurt, not even any of my arthritic joints.

But there was fog, a deep mental fog that kept me from doing much of anything that involved thought or intentional actions. Napping was good. I could nap. I could nap sitting straight up in my chair. I did, actually.

But, my plan was to put something together. Dearly Beloved felt I should perhaps not fling a rotary cutter around, and since my eyes weren't focusing all that well, I had to agree.

I'm more than a little hypersensitive to pain meds, as if you couldn't tell.

So, I lost Saturday. I lost Sunday. I decided to try to go without any pain meds today, and I've managed to do all the Domestic Diva stuff I didn't do over the weekend. 

I am very happy that I'm getting back to normal, because this lovely thing arrived in today's mail:


Amy Mitten has started a new series, and this is the first Slip of Evidence. It's an etui. There are pages and pages of Amy's most excellent directions, and loads of beautiful silks in luscious colors, and a bag full of other bits and bobs needed to create the design.

My only problem is deciding where to fit this into the pile of things I want to work on.

I'm sure I'll figure it out.


Friday, March 25, 2022

Survived

I survived the early hour, the rush hour traffic, and Phase One of the root canal. Apparently, I clenched my jaw, which I didn't know you could do when your mouth is hanging wide open. This means that the tooth and gum don't hurt, but I feel like somebody socked me in the jaw.

And, since I was afraid I would oversleep, I woke up every hour on the hour throughout the night, so I am weary. I did try to take a nap when I got home, but spent time dozing and jerking awake for a couple of hours. That isn't very restful at all.

Based on this, I do not believe it would be a good idea to stitch on anything that requires thought. Actually, I could pull out an ancient needlepoint canvas that requires only a basketweave background and putter with that, but at the moment, I'm grouchy and grumpy and should probably not thread a needle.

Last night, though, I did finish the band I had been working on:

And I got most of the dividing row on the next band stitched:

I think it's time to work on something else, and I believe that I may start the finishing work on Carmen's Etui tomorrow. 

After a decent night's sleep, hopefully.


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Bazillions of teeny stitches

 I have done several bazillion teeny tiny cross stitches over one thread in the last two days.

 
I need to stitch teeny little buds and then this band will be done. I believe, if I get them done tonight, I can go ahead and turn the scrolls and start the next panel, which is almost all lettering. My favorite. (Please note the sarcasm.)

I'm not sure what I will do tomorrow. I have a root canal at 8:45 in the morning. That alone is torture, plus my dentist's office is close to center city, so I need to leave that much earlier to deal with rush hour traffic. 

I am so looking forward to tomorrow. Not.


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Edging back to normal

I'm slowly emerging from my Daylight Savings Time jet lag foggy feeling. I tend to feel a lot better on Standard Time, but I do eventually adjust somewhat to DST. It just takes awhile . . . 

You may have noticed that blogging has been sporadic. So has my stitching. Again, I've realized that I'm in a weird loop. If I want to blog, I have to stitch. If I don't stitch, I can't blog. So . . . I'm trying to get back into that routine. 

There has been a wee bit of needlework. I finished the top for the Mountmellick Scissors Case that I found in the stash, and it's now been mounted on top of the wooden case.

I'm going to see what trouble I can get into with my needle this afternoon. We have an EGA meeting this evening, but we also have the potential for bad storms, so I'm watching the weather and we'll see if that happens. Some of our members have lengthy drives to make to get to a meeting, and it looks like th second wave of storms may hit right at drive time.

Always something . . . 

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Blah de blah blah

I have been afflicted by a bad case of the blahs for the last couple of days. I think part is because we planned to visit Mother yesterday, but there's been another breakthrough case of Covid at her residence, so they are limiting visitors.

I may be suffering a bad case of pandemic fatigue.

I did read two books in two days--both John Sandford Prey novels, which are fast reads anyway. And good escapism. I'd read them before, but it's been years, so they were like new.

And there has been a minimal amount of stitching.

My little purple flowers have bigger petals now. Naturally, I ran out of thread before I got the last two stitched.

I think I'm going to stitch those petals, then rummage around and see what appeals to me for the afternoon.

I may read another book.

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Annual Discombobulation

 I thought, being a Lady of Leisure, that changing to Daylight Savings Time would be a non-event this year. After all, I don't have to get up an hour earlier to go to work--so why should the time change have any effect at all?

Well, it does. The light is wrong when I wake up. I know that sounds weird, but it throws off my whole day.  I'm sure a lot of it has to do with stitching when the light is at its best. Since it isn't when I get up, I do other stuff and the next thing I know, I've puttered a chunk of the morning away.

My plan was to get the needle lace for Harmony's first panel finished this week and to assemble Carmen's Etui. Instead, I decided that maybe I should do things that don't require quite as much focus, like organizing and sorting out my stash.

And I discovered another reason to keep on blogging. It gives me a way to know when I started or worked on a project.

In sorting through things that have been stashed in bins for decades--seriously, decades--I found things I forgot I had. And then I found something I forgot I worked on.

It's a Rae Iverson design for a needle case. It's done except for the detached buttonhole petals for the center flower.

Did I take this as a class? Did I buy the kit somewhere? And where was I when I bought it?

I know I worked on it because at one time it was attached to scroll frames. It has the remnants of the blue thread I generally use to sew linen to the frame tapes. But why did I stop before finishing the flower?

The only reasonable explanation is that I needed to turn the work the petals, easier to do off the frame. But why didn't I go ahead and do them?

It's a mystery.

Meanwhile, since I still feel the need to stitch, I've been making teeny tiny little cross stitches over one thread on Behold Thy Beauty. I'm not sure you can see them--they're a very light purple thread--but they're there.


I may continue with this for another day or so.

Or I may see what other mysteries are hidden in my stash.


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Ohhhhhhhhh, goose poop!

 The Canada goose is a majestic creature in flight. However, on the ground, it is a disgusting and messy beast who leaves indications of its passing with just about every step. Those indications are a slimy shade of green, which in this house, is known as goose poop green.

I mention this because I've spent the day filling in the rest of the goose poop green on this band of Hannah Thornbush. It is Sampler Sunday, after all, and I've abandoned her on the last few Sundays.

I need to cover a couple of leaves and the strawberries with detached buttonhole, but I think I've done enough for today. That will be next week's endeavor, and then I can finally turn the scroll rods and start another band.

Friday, March 11, 2022

more vining and twining

When I went to bed last night, I planned to start putting Carmen's Etui together when I got up today.

Then I slept late, much later than I usually do, even as a Lady of Leisure. And that threw my whole day off, plus I had an online lecture that I had signed up for that was being broadcast in the early afternoon.

By the time it ended, I needed to do some Domestic Diva stuff, and by the time that was over, the last thing I could do was assembling anything. Actually, I just wanted to veg in front of the TV with some easy stitching.

So the basic vines are stitched for this panel of Behold Thy Beauty:


 Didn't even need to look at the chart, just stitch, just what my brain was capable of.

Now, of course, I have to embellish the vines with flowers and leaves, which may be just a wee bit more involving than simple repetition. I think I'll look at the design and see how much counting and thinking I'd need to do.

Or I could take my book and stretch out under my nice comfy blankets in my nice comfy bed. That actually sounds pretty good.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Stitched but not finished

 The last piece that goes with Carmen's Etui is stitched.


 This will become a pin cube. But not today. I'm taking a day off before I dive into putting the whole thing together.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

What I Stitched

I showed you the beginning of the Cylinder Needlecase from the class I took from Catherine Theron. There's a little more stitching on it now, and it's going into the schedule when I get back to the schedule.

There were a few days between the first class I took and the second, so I spent some time in the stitching room and worked on Hannah Thornbush.


I filled in leaves and stems. I spent way more time on them than I wanted to, and I'm not particularly happy with the way my satin looks in those spots. At the moment, I'm debating whether to rip them out and re-stitch, or assume that what I'm looking at can't be seen from the back of a galloping horse and leave them alone. I think I'll wait until Sampler Sunday and decide then.

The last two days of the getaway were spent taking a new class from Jackie du Plessis.


I did a lot of stitches on a doodle cloth and took pages of notes, and this is going into the schedule somewhere because I don't want to forget what my notes and doodles mean. There is a lot going on in a small space.

To make space for this, I need to finish up Carmen's Etui, so when I got home, I finished another bit of it.

This will become an appliqu├ęd needlebook on the outside of the etui body.

I've outlined two more of the sections that I need to stitch, and I really hope I can finish them and the final accessory piece today. That could mean I could start the finishing process tomorrow, but I am not making plans.

We all know what happens when I make plans.


Tuesday, March 8, 2022

There and Back Again

 The plan was to blog just about every day while I was gone. The plan didn't happen, mainly because there were things going on,  places to go, people to see--and seeing people that I generally see only once a year is one of the most important reasons I go to this event.

However, Baby Girl and I took off on an expedition of our own one day. I've wanted her to visit Agecroft Hall in Richmond since the group took a tour a number of years ago. This year we had a chance to go and to see some of the textiles in their collection, so I signed us up and off we went.

Agecroft is a Tudor home that was purchased by a real estate tycoon who had it disassembled and transported from the UK to the US. It was originally planned to be the centerpiece of the development of exclusive homes he was creating a hundred years ago. Sadly, he died a year after Agecroft was restored, and most of the homes in the development were constructed in Colonial Revival style (guess what--Colonial Williamsburg was being restored at the same time!). However, the grand house is still the centerpiece of the development, and, according to family wishes, was open as a museum after its time as a family home had ended.

Due to a special arrangement, thanks to Catherine Jordan, we had an opportunity to see some of the textiles in their collection.

I like stitching sweet bags, although I haven't made any in the last few years:


The hypothesis is that this one was created from another textile.

I thought this was an interesting piece. It's listed as a book pillow. Books were relatively rare and quite valuable. You would rest your book on this cushion as you read.


There were also gauntlets on gloves:

This was probably all metal thread, which has tarnished with time. If you look closely, you can see gold plate filling the petals of the flower.


This is the top of an embroidered box (it was sitting on a red tablecloth). It's in remarkable condition, considering its age.

But the best thing is what was located inside, an unfinished needle book. Just goes to show that the more things change, the more they stay the same!


Tomorrow I'll show what I worked on last week.