Today's assignment has me looking back to my 99th blog post. This took place on May 6, 2004. It was a short post, so I quote it in its entirety:
Fellow blogger, designer and teacher, The Embroideress was featured in Fine Lines this quarter. I own some of her blackwork designs (although they remain unstitched), but I didn't know much more about her except that she lives round these parts. I found her teaching philosophy to be intriguing and sensible--teaching technique rather than "a project." I agree that teachers are doing stitchers a disservice with the usual approach but they're also doing themselves a disservice. I haven't taken a class in a very long time because I haven't really liked any of the projects that are offered. Why should I spend a load of money on a project that I could do without a teacher? The only real reason I would do it would be to spend time with stitching friends. But if someone were going to show me a technique, and perhaps send me off to make a piece of my own, that would intrigue me.
The assignment asks me what I would change about this post. (Pictures! Blogger had no pictures back then!) But what is more interesting to me is what has changed in the industry. First, and probably foremost, is that Linn Skinner, The Embroideress, is no longer with us; she passed away in 2012. Less importantly, Fine Lines is no longer with us. (I hunted around to see when they stopped printing, but the best I could come up with is this post from 2006 when I noticed.) As for the rest, I stand by my post. I still haven't taken a class in a long time but I'm starting to think there are no more new techniques for me to learn. I'm probably wrong about that. (And I haven't done any better in stitching those Skinner Sisters blackwork patterns that I have.)