I was so fortunate to attend Market this past March and see first hand all the amazing designs come to life in the models displayed by the many talented designers. I won't even try to name a favorite because that would not be possible. But one design truly made an impression with me for the use of colors, the back story of the series, and the unique way it was displayed and finished and this was the Ladies Garden Journal designed by the super talented Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Workes. The series consists of six different patterns that is finished into a "journal" and Beth has a finishing kit available! So here I go....
May 22, 2020
I thought I would include the year to document my progress. Though I love stitching, I don't have as much time as I would like to enjoy this fabulous craft so this series could, in all likelihood, go into the year 2021. Progress from day one, Sweet William Pattern 1:
Another reason this project appealed to me is I am not a gardener. I wish I was but I am not. The plant in the upper left hand corner used to be a healthy and vibrant boxwood until we brought home our latest rescue, Arlo, the big red dog.
May 24, 2020
To reference my earlier entry, I don't have much time to stitch and my biggest and happiest distraction is my 17 year old daughter. Today we did our first college visit. There are no college tours for these kids of the class of 2021 so we have to make do and come up with our own tours. We drove to Colgate University today and walked around the campus and the town and we loved it! It was a great non-stitching day.
May 25, 2020
After a VERY long upstate New York winter, we spent a wonderful Memorial Day swimming, playing croquet and barbecuing. In between these activities I was able to pick up my stitching and I learned a very valuable lesson - never try to multi-task! I dropped my fence down too far so out it has to come. It was still a great day. 😊
May 26, 2020
Back on track!
May 27, 2020
I will say this to anyone who listens. A lot happens to us when we age but the one thing I miss the most is my 20/20 vision. I can handle the gray hair, the redistribution of weight, the hot flashes... but the eyesight is something I am still trying to get used to! I have always been able to stitch on 32 ct. without a magnifier, but after a 12 hour day at the shop, my readers alone just don't cut it.
Another challenge with tonight's stitching is my little rescue pup Toto, who is nestled under my lap stand. And after that 12 hour day, she was not going to let my stitching take away from a good snuggle!
May 30, 2020
I am very particular about what I watch when I stitch. I like something soothing and non-distracting like a good documentary or re-runs of the Antique Roadshow. After a day at the shop and some household chores, I was looking forward to an evening of stitching and my goal was to finish Sweet William. When we were all settled, I suggested the Ken Burns documentary of National Parks and after zero discussion, I was vetoed by my daughter and husband. They quickly voted to watch Charlie's Angels and immediately turned up the volume on the TV to drown out my protests. I was hooked within five minutes and needless to say, did not finish Sweet William.
June 1, 2020
Sweet William is finished! What I love about this series is that Beth has made the finishing process a breeze. Everything you need to make these patterns into a journal is included in the kit - the cut-to-size mat boards, ply wood, ribbon for joining and complete instructions with pictures. I think I enjoy finishing my projects as much as I enjoy stitching them and can't wait to get started.
June 5, 2020
I thought I would stain the boards before continuing with the stitching, but with Upstate New York just beginning Phase 2, I couldn't readily get my hands on the stain so out came pattern two - Holly Hock. I was thrilled to be able to finally open my shop doors to customers this week so there was little time for stitching. But it's a start!
As I was stitching and reaching for my Tennessee Red Clay floss, I had a moment of clarity of the old adage "The cobbler's children have no shoes" - my project bag is a paper bag and my floss bags are Zip-lock sandwich bags. Time to upgrade! 😉
June 19, 2020
I titled my blog a journey, and journeys often have detours. I took a detour. And I put 100% blame on Facebook. There are too many fabulous projects out there causing all sorts of distractions.
My distraction is the Anna Ohman sampler. I sell high count linen and I thought I would be of better service to my customers if I actually stitched on it. I decided to go big or go home and chose 53/63 ct. Sycamore Seed Pod Linen and AVAS 100.3. After my first stitch I was floored. It was not much different than stitching on 40 ct. I feel a whole new world of linen has opened up to me.
I will be coming back around to the Ladies Garden Journal after this little side-trip.