Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stitching Stash and Missing Threads

Wow, I've really gotten slack in the blogging department. It's been a busy couple of weeks at work, leaving me too tired at night to do much creative work. I haven't scrapped since my last post, but I have been able to do a little stitching. Stitching doesn't seem to be as energy intensive for me.

I was saddened early last week by the tragic death of Lisa of the Primitive Needle. While I did not know her personally, I have long admired her work and followed her on her blog. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Losing a loved one is always hard, but this was a particularly tough way to lose someone. Many stitchers have chosen a "Halloween-y" piece to stitch in her honor, because of her love of all things Halloween. I immediately thought of Lisa's design, "The Black'd Skie" and pulled it out of my stash to work on. I already had my linen, and this weekend, when I visited my parents, I pulled the fibers I would need for the piece. The fibers are all subs for what was originally called for because I don't have access to any Soy Lustre silks. Here's my progress over the weekend:

And that is all the progress you are likely to see for a little while. Why? Because, exhausted as I have been this week, I cheerfully packed up my chart and linen when I left for home on Sunday, leaving behind my black silk and scissors! Ugh. I'm not going to get very far on this particular piece without that black silk.

Which left me with a dilemma: do I return to Sarah McPhail until I can reclaim my black silk, or do I start something else new? Because another thing that I acquired over my weekend at home is a lot of new Market releases:

Ha ha ha! No way I could resist ALL that yummy newness! So I picked up Shakespeare's Peddler's new limited edition kit "God Bless Those" and started stitching on it late Sunday evening. Here is my progress after that first evening and morning:

I didn't realize quite how fast it was going to go... I will finish the stitching this evening! I fell in love with this kit as soon as I saw it on the Shakespeare blog because she was inspired by the recent struggles of the Egyptian people, an event that I followed avidly as it unrolled. This piece really speaks to my heart.

So what will I work on for the rest of the week? Hmm, I have another pattern I bought last month that I just picked threads and linen for. It looks like a quick stitch (although not 2 days quick!), so I think I will see how far I can get on the Sampler Girl's "Getting Away with Jane Austen" pillow this week. Sorry, no picture yet.

Well, I'm off. My stitching is calling. Tomorrow, I'm going to work on my scrap mojo, and see if I can drag it back out of hiding. It's time to make some serious progress on my Egypt album!

1 comment:

Margaret said...

Black'd Skie is one of my favorites of Lisa's designs. I want to stitch it too. Bummer about your leaving the black silk behind. I love all your stash too. Love how the Shakespeare piece is coming out.