Saturday, June 20, 2020


You know how when you forget to save what you've just written and you have to rewrite, you lose all enthusiasm? Yeah, that.

This is Good Huswife's June Morning. I started it in January 2014, and the last time I stitched it was November 2017.

I've been working on projects one at a time these past few months, but I think I can attribute that to just having a little bit to do on each (say, one or two weeks worth of stitching). This one has a lot further to go, and I've had a Big Idea percolating for a while. So June Morning may be abandoned soon. It seems like I should stop at the end of June anyway. 

Monday, June 08, 2020


I have completed the stitching for the Deruta biscornu from Giulia Punti Antichi. I popped the majolica bead (button?) on there so you can see the echoes. Seeing it this way,  I maybe should have changed the Peacock GAST that I used to something a little more aqua. Never mind, it's the Eighth Finish of Inside Time.

Last weekend has brought me such great hope. In our town, a handful of high school students organized a demonstration against racism and police brutality. About 2000 people showed up. During a pandemic. In part it's that people showed up. But much more importantly, it's the youth of the organizers. Something tells me change is on the way. 

Monday, June 01, 2020

Love Lives Here

I feel like I should acknowledge the fire this time, but I don't know what to say. I've been thinking a lot about the unrest in Los Angeles in 1992. (I wrote about that here.) In some ways this is so much the same. But in some small ways it feels different. This time, I've seen white people acknowledging systemic racism publicly, that Nike commercial, the cops speaking out against other cops... But will this lead to us crawling out from the depths of racism? Will we right past wrongs? Demilitarize the police? Reweave the fabric of our society? I hope so, and I will do what I can to contribute to a new America.

As you can see from my latest finish, Love Lives Here, a freebie from Lizzie*Kate, I have not started a pandemic stitch. This piece was started for the 2015 Ultimate January Challenge. It is almost done, there's supposed to be a bird on the roof. I've ordered a couple of JABCO bird buttons to use instead.
I've also been working on the Deruta biscornu from Giulia Punti Antichi. This is very close to being done but I ran out of that orange color (GAST orange marmalade). I found another skein in a project bag but it's slightly different. At least I had the foresight to leave some unstitched areas around the whole piece so the new skein will blend in.

Maybe I'm learning a lesson, but I'm not making any promises about what I'm stitching next!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Tis A Season, Anyway

Tis the Season cross stitch from Blackbird Designs, red cardinal holding holly in beak
I know last time I was talking about projects, I said I was going to start something new to commemorate what I've taken to calling The Inside Time. I didn't have all the colors of the project I chose, and it was getting late, so I just grabbed a project I had already started--Tis the Season by Blackbird Designs. It is stitched on Lakeside Linens Pear with the called for Belle Soie (that's how old this is) silks. I started it in July of 2013 for my aunt who had asked that I stitch something she could take out every Christmas. Then she told me to take my time. I bet she regrets that!

In November 2017, I started those snowflake motifs (shown here) and I put the one under the tail in the wrong place. Because I am a changed stitcher I took it out and restitched it. First one at a time and now fixing variations. I hardly recognize myself. 

Anyway, I am really, truly going to start a new project. (The third sign, no doubt!)

In other news, I need a new place for my workspace. I am tired of working on a laptop when I usually work on two huge monitors. I haven't gone to retrieve my work computer because there's no place to put it. The dude is working in the study and I am a nomad living out of a bag working on the dining room table and clearing up every night before dinner. It's become clear we are in this for the long haul--at least the summer. By mid June, I'll know what's happening next semester. I'm sure that if the students aren't back on campus, we won't be, but I think our office might not go back to campus no matter what (we don't work directly with students). It suddenly occurred to me the disaster I call a craft room (the work with the organizer didn't stick) would be a logical place--one where I could even stand to work. (I am also missing my standing desk.)

So I've started shoveling out. I'm 1/3 of the way there...and finding projects and kitted projects I had forgotten about. Lucky us!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Rest in Peace

Frank Bielec, of Mosey and Me, has died. I always loved the whimsy of the patterns. And the anniversary stitch I did for the dude was absolutely perfect. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, May 07, 2020


My latest finish is Four Fat Friends by Drawn Thread. Stitched on know...fabric with the called for WDW threads. Another one I optimistically started in 2015 for Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge.

I'm searching for a new project. I am definitely looking at the #bewellandstitch projects so I can have a little memorial of this time. Not that I think many of us are likely to forget it any time soon. But still.

I first became aware of the #bewellandstitch designs scrolling through Instagram, where Jody Rice of Satsuma Street offered her Stay Home chart. Then I started to see finishes, especially Needle Work Press's Stitch and Be Well. As I explored, I noticed that our dear Serendipitous Jo compiled quite a list. (You can also find them on her themed freebies page.) I noticed that she was missing a few of the ones I found. At first I was going to send them along to add to her list, but then I realized I have a blog! And the list was getting kinda long.

Be Calm - Be Safe, Homespun Elegance (Facebook)
Bee Well, Autumn Lane (Facebook)
Bee Well Teresa Kogut (PDF)
Be Well from Lila's Studio
Be Well and Stitch, Hello from Liz Matthews (PDF)
Ewe Be Well from Shepherd's Bush (PDF)
Homeschool Sampler from Posey Gets Cozy, Alicia Paulson (PDF)
Our Daily Thread, Stone Street Stitchworks (PDF)
Stitch Well and Be Calm, JBW Designs
Stitch and Be Well, Needlework Press

Though not part of the #bewellandstitch crowd--just because I want to hang out with her, doesn't mean everyone does--Julie Jackson has a free chart:
Subversive Stitching, Stay the F*ck Home (She also has kits for sale for Don't Touch Your Damn FaceWash Your F*cking Hands, and Isolation Update.)

It's been a while since I asked, so let's focus again:
* What am I grateful for today?
* Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
* What expectations of normal am I letting go of today?
* How am I getting outside today?
* How am I moving my body today?
* What beauty am I creating or cultivating or inviting in today?

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Our Souls are Procrastinators

Those who know me know that I stitch an anniversary sampler as a gift for the dude each year; this is the sampler that I intended to give him in {shock, horror} 2014. Well, it's done now! Phew. Don't worry, there have been anniversary stitches for the in-between years, some more on time than others: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Midsummer Night Designs, Our Souls
Stitched on a fabric I didn't record, nor do I remember
Called for Anchor flosses.

Me: That was supposed to be your anniversary present in 2014.
The dude: 2000?
Me: 2014
The dude: Whatever, it doesn't matter. I appreciate it, it doesn't have to be "on time."

Reader, I married him. 💗💗