January was not the best stitching month ever.
I made many trips house hunting, and because of the distance involved, they were all-day affairs. I don’t stitch in the car because it is my husband’s, thus not very clean, and I get motion sickness if I stitch or read while traveling. No traveling migraines for me any more!
We finally found a house. It is by no means perfect. The square footage is larger than my present home, yet my things are NOT going to fit there. The secondary bedrooms are very small, and I can’t fit both sons in one room. If I put both beds in there, they would need the other bedroom for their bureau and bookcases. Gone are my visions of a craft room! I don’t even know if my present craft storage can stay. It will have to be scattered in the main living areas (which are also small) or jammed into my closet. I am not sure I can keep my sewing table! And every Amish-Mennonite lady has a sewing table somewhere! But it is only 8 minutes from church and has a great yard and enormous screened lanai.
On January 7th, which happens to be my birthday, I started stitching The Cricket Collection’s “January.” I put about 3 or 4 stitches into it when I decided to start another project.
I got this *great* (cough cough) idea to stitch “His Name is Jesus”, which is a pattern I have had for years, for my realtor. My realtor is also a preacher, and I thought she would love it. And, it is supposed to fit in a stock frame!
I admit to almost giving up on it several times. The frog was constantly by my side. There are still minor mistakes in it, even with HOURS of frogging.
My first *bright* idea was to stitch the words “His Name is Jesus” in Kreinik #4 braid. Never mind that I *hate* stitching with that stuff. I got as far as His Na-part of the M and ran out of braid. It is a 2.5 hour ride to buy braid, or I could order *just* the braid and pay exorbitant shipping costs. Thus I cast the project aside to think about it. And there it sat, for weeks.
Second brilliant idea: Start another one for my friend! I asked what her favorite color is, and she said blue. Baby blue and true blue. So, on the 14th, *her* birthday, I started a second one. And frogged. And frogged. And… frogged…
I got to about halfway, and decided to frog the braid on His Name #1. I considered frogging the whole thing.
My 10-year-old came running out of the craft room/office/den/playroom with SEVEN cards of Rainbow Gallery Petite Braid Color 01. “Wait Mom! What about these?”
I actually *like* working with this fiber!
And so, yesterday, I finished His Name #1.
Bah humbug to trying to photograph pink. It is the color of pink hibiscus. I overdyed the fabric myself. And the stitching isn’t crooked, but I did have it in my q-snaps crooked for a while. It will block out.
So, it is supposed to be *easy* to find a 12 x 16″ frame in any craft store or department store. Except, it isn’t. We have lots of these stores around and NONE had a 12 x 16″ frame that wasn’t black or brown. Sigh…
So now I debate. Do I rip out His Name #2 since I would have to pay for a custom frame? What do I do with His Name #1? Why did I ever start these projects?
I told you I have bright and brilliant and great ideas. 😦
I am flat broke until the closing or I would order a custom frame.
My husband feels bad and is out hunting for Anything That Will Do. Poor man.
So what are my stitching plans for February?
I *should* be moving at the end of the month, Lord willing. I left the December Little Sheep Virtue out, His Name #2, and the Mirabilia Madonna of the Garden (I am thinking birthday gift. For April. Another genius idea.) I already put the rest of my projects away for now. And of course, I feel like working on a reproduction sampler instead, which would be a new start or bringing out Loara Standish. I think I am losing it…
Thanks for stopping by. May the frog stay far, far away from your stitching and may you be blessed with hours of joy!