Late Spring

It’s hard to believe that it is late spring.  After an unusual two-week stretch of very rainy days (unheard of around here), summer has come on full blast.  It’s the worst time of year for so many reasons.  The heat, the humidity, the tropical storms/hurricanes…  But having a snow-free, ice-free winter is worth the trade-off.

The rib is still not better, though it *is* better than it was before.  So I still have plenty of time for stitching.  The silver lining to the dark cloud of broken bones!


This was the freebie I mentioned last time, “Here Kitty Kitty.”  This fabric is Sage Jobelan.  Not that you can tell by my photo.  Photo woes have kept me from posting.  I can’t seem to get true color, no matter what setting I use.  I have a nice Nikon camera which does way better than my cell phone.  This issues are with the person taking the photos!


The color isn’t even close, and every picture today was taken in the same light.  The fabric is Jobelan, Star Sapphire, which is a light greenish blue.  And the silk color is not close.  It’s a sunny day, and these were taken on the North side of the house with a south-facing door and two northern facing windows.  It’s a cheerful room…  but a dreadful photo.

The project is the 2017 SAL from Linens and Threads.  This is part of January, and I think it is going to stay this wide.  (The pattern shows three repeats.)  I am just trying to use up some old silk threads.  This particular one is VERY old.  I know I bought it at a store that closed in 2001.


This is “Grant House 1865” by Chessie and Me.  Yours truly started it in the wrong direction on the fabric, thus I had to leave the top section off.  I think I like it better this way anyhow.  This one was stitched on 32 count Belfast that I hand-dyed, with GAST and WDW threads.


“Progress” on Mary Burgess.  Next to none.


“Samplers” by The Scarlett House.  A finish!  🙂  On 36-count Edinburgh linen that I hand-dyed.  I loved working on this fabric!  I did have to change two colors because they weren’t showing up on my linen.

Rosanna Pinkham reproduction sampler by Sheepish Antiques.  After finishing “Samplers” yesterday, I picked up Rosanna as shown on the left.  Last night she looked like the photo on the right.  Pretty good progress!  The fabric is 32 count raw Belfast, which feels like 14 count after working on lots of 36 count pieces!

Two pieces of fabric that I hand dyed that I have for sale.  The one on the left is 25 count Zweigart linen, and the one on the right is 28 count Cashel linen.  🙂

I’m hoping to come close to a finish on Rosanna today.  According to USPS package tracking, my over-3-weeks-ago order of fabric is *partially* shipped and may arrive tomorrow.  Our mail doesn’t get here until the afternoon, so hopefully Rosanna will be finished by then and I may start something new.  My UFO pile is down to 8 pieces, and it normally is between 11 and 13.  Pretty good!  I guess a broken rib has its blessings.

Happy stitching to all!


Margaret and Mary

Since my last post, I had gone back to working on Mary Burgess.  And unfortunately, the frog has been keeping close by my side.  This is as far as I had gotten (I still have a leaf to rip out) —


Mary is a kit from the Essamplaire.  I especially hate frogging when it is a kit because one never knows if that will cause a thread shortage.  This is silk on 35-count linen.  Mary has some lively colors and she is the oldest known Rhode Island sampler.  I was born and raised there, so Mary is especially meaningful to me.

I thought that maybe if I switched projects, the frog would leave.  No such luck!  I started Margaret Havelock last Sunday and finished her today.  I probably could have finished yesterday, but that darn frog was active as ever!


Margaret was stitched with DMC floss on 32 count linen that I dyed myself.  I’m a much better dyer than stitcher.  I loved the colors on her sampler, and I am especially fond of simple schoolgirl samplers like this one.  I always enjoy every stitch (except the frogging) and it has gotten me thinking.  Sampers are my real love.  Pictures not so much.  So WHY would I stitch anything else?

I woke up this morning with my neck out of place and I couldn’t crack it back in, which causes a nasty headache.  Heat didn’t help.  Tylenol either.  And while I was in pain, I remembered a conversation I had with my doctor several years ago.  I thought it could be helpful for someone so I decided to tell the story,

My neck was hurting horribly.  I am not big on going to the doctor, but I went this time.  This was before we knew I have Ehlers-Danlos (the hypermobile type.)

“Do you do projects?”  She asked me.

“Uh… I don’t know what you mean.”  I had to admit.

“Projects.  You know, like knitting or anything like that.”

I told her I was a knitter and an avid cross stitcher.

“Aha!  A cross stitcher!”  She went on to tell me that she had treated another stitcher for horrible neck pain.  She solved the issue by purchasing a needlework stand and keeping her work at shoulder height, so that her head wasn’t tilted down.  She said if I wanted to stitch into my old age, I needed to get a stand and STOP looking down at my work.

I have to say that this works.  But yesterday I took Margaret out of the stand and worked through 2 baseball games and I got a good ol’ case of Stitcher’s Neck.  Today Margaret went back into the stand until I got to the last row (too hard to reach at that point, even with adjustments.)

I took Mary back out this afternoon and started working on her, and DUH forgot to put her in the stand.  I noticed quickly enough that my neck is fine and I will put her in the stand, I promise.

Happy, pain-free stitching, everyone!