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, July 27, 2023

Framing Up

 The needlebook for Gardenesque is one of the prettiest pieces in the set. I can't decide if it looks more like a tapestry or a beautiful woven French ribbon.

The design requires a framework.

It is incredibly fiddly to work with everything worked over one thread. This much took three evenings to stitch--might have taken less time if I hadn't made a number of counting errors. Ripping out backstitches over one thread is not particularly easy nor pleasant. But the framework for both sides is now complete and I can go on to the fun stuff in the middle.

Please excuse the shadow. In the new place, I don't have the same kind of light I had in the old place--instead of facing east, we face northwest, so I don't have my lovely morning light to stitch by--in fact, we have to use artificial light pretty much all day. And we're in the midst of tall trees, so most of the light is blocked anyway.

I'm counting this as an asset since I discovered some of my fabrics have faded after years of exposure to direct sunlight. And I have both Dazor and Ott lights, so I can see to stitch. It's just something else to get used to with the move.

And, in moving news: I am now searching for my slow cooker and the box with the cookbooks I use most often. We are also wondering where the plug for the electric frying pan could be. We have the pan itself and the lid--they were carefully packed together--but the plug is MIA. I have no idea why it didn't get into the same box. It remains a mystery.

Oh, well, every day is like Christmas, since you never know what you'll find when you open a box.


  1. The stitching is beautiful.
    Hope you find your plug soon.
    Happy days , hugs June.

  2. The frame work looks fantastic. Hopefully, you will find the missing items soon, Ann.