So! Last week I picked up some framing. There's a little guy named Matt at my local* Michael's, and he has a very good eye for color. I think this frame suited the style and color of this Quaker perfectly.
*(local = within 40 miles)
|Mary Garry's "Peace", stitched with GAST Weathered Barn|
I'm obviously on a red kick these days! Dear darling Linda lent me this chart from a pack of charts recently published by Good Huswife. I'm stitching it on PTP Doubloon Jobelan with HDF silk (BeRedded). What a relaxing design! And I even stitched the alphabet correctly this time!
And finally, here's my newest start, Moira Blackburn's "Scottish Love" sampler (go here and scroll down), which she calls a "Small Sampler", but really? It's quite big. I've changed the fabric from ivory to a PTP color, but I stuck with the good ol' sturdy DMC for stitching.
You know, two things have struck me when I've been among stitching friends recently. I've been thinking about these things a lot lately. It's been running around in my head, so I'll share them with you. And because I like lists, here we go:
1. Stitching is not a race. Although there are so many beautiful things in my stash that I can't wait to stitch, rushing through one to get to the next does not make me a happy stitcher. And comparing my productivity to another stitcher's productivity can only make me unhappy. I've been watching stitchers whose work I admire, and I noticed that they took their time with each and every stitch. They didn't seem to do it only for the sake of perfectly executed stitches, but also because they were not in a hurry. They attended every single stitch. It's the way I want to be.
2. Sit back, admire your work and even clap your hands if you want to. Recently I went to a quilting group, and there was a woman working on a wall hanging. She was seriously concentrating up to that point and had finally finished cutting her applique pieces and put the pieces where they belonged on her fabric. Then she stepped back, joyfully clapped her hands and said, "Oh, I love this so much! I just want to stay up all night and work on it!" Then recently at a stitching group, the gal sitting next to me had just finished a bit of stitching - a stylized letter stitched in silk. She held it away from her and I heard her take in her breath and then say, "Oh, I just love this!" And it was stunning! I tend to become automated. I stitch, stitch, stitch and then I wonder why I burn out on a project. I need to sit back and admire the work every now and then!
OK, that's enough procrastinating for one day. I need to work now. So I can get paid. So I can frame some more stuff!
Have a great day, everyone!