Goodness. Over a month has passed and I’ve not posted here. The reason? Not much stitching done. I have finished the Ukrainian Sewing Set and with a huge sigh of relief - reverberating around the world I should think - I have consigned it to The Drawer along with the others and when I am next at a reputable needlework store will purchase the scissors and needles to go with them
From left to right
Ukranian whitework (in blue), Cross Stitch, Frisian Whitework (in beige) , Kogin, Blackwork, Hardanger. Each set is a bag, a scissor fob, needlebook and pincushion.
Since then I went through my fabric stash and found I had almost a metre of 38 count Graziano Linen which is too fine for me to use for Hardanger, Ukranian or other of my favourite techniques so I decided that Drawn Thread bags modelled on "Christine Bishop's Drawstring Bag" could be useful so I have done a couple. These two will be gifts for my elderly aunts when I visit them later in the year. In this way the linen is used profitably and does not strain my eyes so much.
Little Sister came to stay for a night last week and cajoled me into booking a weekend at her place and another weekend visiting Auckland. Not both at the same time! So on Friday I will venture off on a road trip to Wellington (about two hours further south) and we will visit The Bead Shop as well as two of my nieces one of whom has a new baby and the other has a new house. Both good excuses for a visit.
This afternoon I went diving into fabric stash again and found some suitable 32 count linen. I am going to stitch Betsy Morgan's Seasons cube (from Inspirations Issue 87) I was given the kit but my eyesight is not good enough to stitch over one for this so I am going to stitch it over two and consequently have a bigger cube. Nor will I make it have the scissor pocket - a plain cube it will be. I'm hoping this will be a longer term project and will absorb me and thus hopefully dispel some of the dismals which seem to have enveloped me at present. Besides, I don't really want to keep adding projects to The Other Drawer and the cube will fit into my display cabinet.
Would you like a peek at The Other Drawer?
As you can see there is space available so I will be able continue with unframed smaller projects to use up stash.
So until next time, and I promise not to leave it so long .....