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.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Definite Maybe

Yesterday, when I was not in the mood to stitch, I figured it was a good time to look at stash. Realistically, I likely won't live to 385, so I should winnow down what I want to work on and what I don't.

Usually I find a bunch of stuff I really want to do right this very minute, and that jump-starts the desire to stitch. Yesterday, though, I found a project that I'm having to think about.

This came from an ANG National Seminar about 20 years ago. At the time, projects that looked like woven ribbons were still popular in canvaswork.  Overdyed threads were still relatively new, and there were new textures and types of threads that hadn't been available before. This design had all of them.

Looking at it now, it would be fun to stitch, simply because of the stitch construction. The colors, though, are really a problem. There isn't any harmony from one 'ribbon' to the next, and there's so much going on, there isn't a place for the eye to rest.

I could easily rectify that by changing colors in several places. That green/yellowish ribbon at the top might work if done in two shades of green, darker than the current pale green, especially since it's repeated on the lower right corner. The diamond shapes are currently designed to be stitched in a medium slate blue that, I think, is going to glare. If I did them in a darker slate gray, they would recede and make the ribbons stand out more.

This would all mean making a trip to the needlepoint store to look for threads and some experimenting and likely ripping. 

So the decision is this: do I like the overall structure of the stitch patterns and what the design will eventually look like enough to go to that trouble, or do I add the threads to the thread stash and let it go?

It's a definite maybe at this point.


  1. Do a Marie Kondo...hold it and if it brings you joy, keep. If it does not bring you joy...let it go!

  2. It looks great to me , it would be hard to let go .
    But that's me , I can't seem to throw away.
    Hugs June.

  3. Hmm, I think you said it best. There isn't any harmony and no place for your eyes to rest.