Saturday, August 20, 2011
I had a revelation this morning as I was trying to shove another chart into an already crowded drawer. In the last few years, I have purged a lot of charts and magazines. Now I have been really good about not going into them in the garage and taking everything back. I KNOW I can NEVER stitch everything . I'd have to live to be 500 years old to stitch all the charts and magazines I had. So I kept only the things I really like and have been slowly getting rid of everything else. I went from two full 4-drawer file cabinets to one so I've been feeling pretty good about my stash. But there I was trying to jam just one more chart in the drawer. So I thought to myself, I need to go through these and do some more purging. But then it occured to me that I didn't need to purge anymore, I needed to STITCH more. Yep, that's the answer I came up with. I just haven't been stitching enough. I used to be able to stitch in the evenings while watching TV but everyone complained about my light shining on the set. So I need to find a better way of illuminating my stitching area. Then I got to thinking about how I chose what I'm going to stitch. Usually it's the newest pattern in my stash. But maybe there's a different way of choosing. I got to thinking about themes. Maybe I can stick with a specific theme. Now I don't think I can do only one theme in a year but I can manage a new one every month. Maybe one month I can do all Lizzie Kates. Maybe in April I can do flowers. There's always Christmas in July. Get the picture? I'm gonna go think about this a little and see if I can come up with a workable plan.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
http://tkdchick.blogspot.com/. I have been following her blog for several years now and was able to meet her when she came to Phoenix in March. She is a lovely person and a wonderful blogger and stitcher and photographer. These are all the goodies she sent in her package. I love the little pillow/frame weight. Such a great philosophy. And a new scissor fob. I just bought a new pair of scissors that need a new fob. I always need needles and best of all, a new little ort box. Now I wasn't sure what it was until I read Dani's instructions on how to make them. It's so clever. I can't wait to use it. Many thanks to Dani for her generous giveaway. And more so for her friendship.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Now I know a lot of people don't use glass on their needlework. In some cases, I don't but most of my pieces do have glass. We have an evap cooler for the months when we don't use the AC (it's popularily know as a swamp cooler here) that puts out a very fine white dust when it's running. The dust is very hard to get off things especially fabric. So I'd rather take my chances with glass then definitely know things will be ruined without it.
Monday, August 1, 2011
The other little piece has quite a tale behind it. I came to work one day and found a box at our front door. It was labeled Mom's craft stuff. I took it in and opened it and discovered a treasure trove of needlework. Some of it was (very badly) framed and some of it was unframed. When the manager of the store came in, we went through it together and decided that all of it needed a new home so we split the contents between us. Some of the pieces were unfinished, some had stitches missing but it was obvious that whoever stitched them really loved what she was doing. And someone appreciated them enough to make sure they were placed where someone would love them. I would hate to have seen them be sold at a garage sale or donated to a thrift shop. So I am going to begin framing them a little at a time and I think when I get some of them done, I'll do a giveaway on a piece or two. So keep checking back. You'll never know when they'll pop up here.