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Way back when, I remember making a Contract With Me. Maybe you remember it, too. Maybe you did something similar. Mine’s not working for me any longer. How about yours?
I had set things up so I could work on every work in progress each week. I did that for about four months. I liked the fact that nothing was being set aside. What I didn’t like was the feeling that I wasn’t making any progress on any particular project.
And, I found myself resenting projects. I’d just feel great about getting to a point in Quaker Virtues and have to set it down to move on in the schedule to Cirque des Cœurs. I found myself hating Cirque because it was taking me away from something I really was loving working on.
Then some people (i.e. those wicked stitchers at Superstar Serial Starters and Divine Disciplined Divas Facebook Group) mentioned a SAL they read about in a blog. So I had to do that. Then I found out about another at one of the numerous blogs I follow. That one led to another. You get the picture?! Those little SAL are delightful—quick, easy, small, fun, achievable. How can you not participate?!
So, I gave up the schedule. I’ve been working on the little SALs as they come along. If I don’t finish when the SAL is done, that’s okay. I’ve been working them with materials I wanted to test or using fabric scraps. And as tools for learning finishing techniques new to me.
I’ve also picked up whatever I wanted to work on. I determine how far I want to get to feel like I’ve accomplished something. While I’m working on that I decide what I will pick up next.
And so it goes. WIPocalypse is at hand!
Jeff, Jojo, Taz, and I have revised our “Mission.” Originally we were going to travel all over the US and maybe Canada, “boon-docking” where we could utilize our solar panels to provide the juice for whatever propane couldn’t energize—things like putting out the slide to give us living space and what few lights we might need beyond our lantern. The fridge and hot water can be run on propane. So anywhere we could be a defined distance from the road (per National Forest regs) we could just park and play.
For me, play was to visit needlework shops in the areas we traveled. By talking with the owners/managers I would come up with favorite threads, colors, and stitches of the owners. Using that input I would design a sampler. Describing that process was the original Mission of this blog.
shit things happen, times change gas prices skyrocket, and Wal-Mart the economy pushes lots of small shop owners out of business!
We are into plan Z-19.
And this blog is all over the place, but not where it started out.
I can’t really tell you what we’re doing outside of sitting in Alabama where the weather is great and the rent and utilities are real low. We know we’ll be here for a year unless a hurricane forces us to evacuate. We will re-evaluate our plans a year from now as to whether we head back north or stay another year.
Unfortunately, there are no local needlework stores outside of the chains and I am back to my old faithful internet stores. I really miss the joy and inspiration that comes from walking into a shop and seeing all the geegaws and whatsits. And picking up the patterns and books, reading a bit before I create my priority list. But that’s neither here nor there in terms of a Mission Statement or description.
When I look back upon the past several years, most of my posts fall more under the subtitle of this blog—”And Other Stitching Challenges.” Completing the “Shop Sampler” is going to be an incredible challenge, one that may need to go to the bottom of the “To Do” list.
But I’m wondering. If the Mission changes and the Shop Sampler is not the focus, should the title of the blog and mission statement be different?
I think not. I think I may need to reconsider how I gather the Shop information. I’m thinking that I may enlist readers to help me. And I’m thinking I may create a challenge to make it work. Maybe something like this:
- I write a formal challenge asking for the shop name, the shop web and/or email address, the shop owner/manager’s favorite thread and color and the favored stitch using that thread and color.
- Readers email me or make a comment on the formal challenge post with the requested info.
- I add each submission to a page under the Sampler Shops button (at the top of the page) after I send a note to each Shop so they can check out the link.
- Once a month I choose one submission randomly. That poster will receive a token of my appreciation…maybe a small, a tool, a bit of fabric…nothing major, just a token.
- Start all over again the next month.
So…that’s what I’m thinking. What do you think?
For those who don’t remember reading about this before, TUSAL stands for Totally Useless Stitch Along. For me it is a way to mark time. Another way to examine my progress, or lack thereof, in my stitching. Once a month, more or less, those of us participating share images of our ort collection jars.
I collect my orts in my folding ort box and then transfer them to my jar according to the TUSAL calendar. As you can see, I’ve been frogging! But I must admit that some of the orts are from sewing two pair of shorts and a summer shirt.
Since we decided to stay in Alabama for the summer, I found my wardrobe was sorely lacking for temperatures that stay above 90 constantly. I have fabric to make another pair of shorts and three slip style dresses. I don’t love making clothes, but I appreciate Home Economics in Junior High School where I picked up the skill to be able to do this for myself.
I am typing on someone else’s computer with a baby keyboard as my monitor died. That’s why I’ve been MIA. But I’ve also been participating on a couple of mystery SALs. Two have ended, even though I’m still stitching on one. And a third started on July 1. I will start Camille as soon as I finish B. Blok. Check out the links for the patterns. And next time I’ll share my photos!
- Oh Sew Tempting Mystery Blackwork SAL
- Soed Idee’s B. Blok 1904 Sampler SAL
- Annelein Designs Camille SAL…a sampler from Dijon France from 1897
These are all lovely patterns, fast and satisfying to finish. I hope you enjoy them!
About six months ago I opened my big mouth and said, “Papa will be my birthday present to myself. I will start Papa by then or on my birthday.” Well my birthday is in just a couple days. And I’ve been getting ready!
I purchased Papa probably four years ago when I discovered Sabine Taterra-Gundacker’s website “Alte-Mustertücher-nachgestickt.” Since then I have spent hours and hours looking at the patterns and at the gallery of Sabine’s works and collection. I personally think everyone who stitches should have one of Sabine’s patterns in his or her repertoire. Personally, I want them all!
Where do the ideas for these patterns come from? Sabine finds interesting samplers in museums and in private collections. She then sets to recreating the original works, documenting threads she uses, trying to match to the original as much as possible. She includes the errors as well as the beauty and the history, counting every old thread. I have come to respect her skill even more having been working on the Martha Stones Sampler. I struggle with “do I correct the spelling or leave it as is?” I’m leaving it.
Another of my favorites is Erna Schuppelius. I love how Sabine’s photos included the finishing done on this piece and plan to add the crochet border and ribbon trim to mine. The alphabet is charming and I will use it in work that I may design myself or for personalizing other works because I love it so.
I have learned so much about samplers from perusing Sabine’s online shop. And I have come to love samplers from a variety of cultures and can even now begin to identify origins when seeing an unlabeled sampler. I have several other patterns in queue from Sabine and another that I have started that is purely a labor of love. (IFAKHS 1817)
Before I seek your input on my color choices for Papa, let me show you how Sabine packages her products for you. It’s like getting a birthday present in the mail when you open it.
Now here is my dilemma. I have the fabric it’s a 32ct Wexford linen in blue with grey and charcoal markings. You’ll see it in the photo gallery following. I had chosen Threadworx Deep Blue Sea to outline the “pages” of the pattern and Crescent Colours Lobster Claw to do the pattern design using the Threadworx for any accents.
I’ve been testing the Lobster Claw against the fabric in a blackwork SAL. It’s not bad. The problem is Jeff hates orange. It’s not absolutely important that I avoid orange, but I do think he is more likely to help me frame and hang it, it the colors are pleasing to him, too! And I don’t want to give this one away. After all it’s a birthday present to me!
Jeff like brown. He love the colors in my Quaker Virtues. He has suggested a reddish brown, not too red. I found a currant color that he likes. I like it too. But how will it look on the fabric? I don’t want to have to wait to get the thread. That means I’d have to start after my birthday has passed. And then there is the question of what color should I use for the outlining? I think the darker blue will be too much dark. I thought about using the Lobster Claw. But I don’t know.
What do you think? Check these pics out and let me know what you think.
It’s that time again. Time to assess where I’m at in my stitching life for WIPocalypse. Time to share my Vierlanden progress with Dijn and the other SAL members. Not to mention Quaker Virtues SAL progress and Cirque des Cœurs SAL progress.
I think rather than describe my process in all the projects I think I’ll just post the pics . You can always do before and after comparisons by searching for the appropriate names using the internal search.
As always feedback is more than welcome, so bring it on!
P.S. Jeff, Taz, and Jojo went for a walk on Mother’s Day and came back with the flowers in the feature image. They grow wild around us! Mother’s Day is now also called Big Puppy’s Day!
Yup. I finished something. Kind of. Claire was leading a small blackwork/cross stitch SAL. I found out about it two weeks or more into the SAL, but joined anyway. I am, after all, a Sensational Serial Starter!
I wanted to try out some threads I
finally recently got from Needleworker’s Delights. I won’t link to ND as I do not recommend them. I also don’t recommend the threads. At least not the ones I chose. I got three weights of Jar Designs Overdyed cottons in the spiced ginger color. I was not happy with the stranded floss. I used the lightest and darkest of the color for my little block. There was so little variation as to be non-existent.
Not trusting my own eyes, I asked Jeff which stitches where the darkest and which the lightest. He couldn’t tell and thought I was using the same thread throughout. In the photo there does seem to be some variability. Maybe my eyes aren’t as good as the camera!
To have a Finish (versus finish), I thought I would stitch a reverse color version and use the two for a biscornu. Then I thought I might find a nice complementary fabric and have a fabric backed biscornu. Now, I’m thinking fabric backed pinkeep.
Here are some of the fabrics I was thinking about:
Clockwise from top left the fabrics are:
- Keepsake Quilting Gold, Not Necessarily Christmas
- Keepsake Quilting Pebbles, Water Lilies
- Keepsake Quilting Petals Tango Punch
- Robert Kaufman Spot On from Ft. Worth Fabric Studio
- Moda Ticklish from Ft. Worth Fabric Studio
- Moda Honey, Honey from Fr. Worth Fabric Studio
Now that I’ve seen the piece and the fabrics on the same page, Numbers 1, 3, and 4 are out. Which of the remaining three do you like, #2, #5, or #6?
What would you make? Biscornu or Pinkeep?
If you are a “fiber artist” or want to be, check out the items from this destash sale! Just don’t outbid me! :D
Originally posted on Under A Topaz Sky:
I like to have a good spring clean every so often and yesterday I got round to my thread repository. My stored threads live in a very grand Harrods hamper, a woven 16″ cube with a faux leather top embossed with the Harrods peacock logo. It was a Christmas present several years ago – the contents were nice enough but the box itself is gorgeous!
I have a massive weakness for threads, especially anything richly coloured or unusual and I know that there were a fair few threads in that box which I’d bought on impulse and was never going to use, so I intended to have a nice sort through and end up with a few bits I could list on eBay.
The top layer was fine. Out went a few oddments left over from a canvaswork project that I knew I’d never use again.
Under that, threads I knew I had…
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