The stitching year is really gathering momentum – and its only 5 days old! The Block of the Week over at Barbara Brackman’s Civil War blog has been eagerly taken up by more bloggers than you could count – it will be fascinating to follow their progress over the coming weeks and months. The beauty of these stitchalongs, blocks of the week, month etc is that they are easy to fit in around other commitments and catchup is achievable if you do happen to fall behind. And you can often choose the stitching method – hand or machine – to suit yourself. I must admit to being sorely tempted to join in, as I was with Klosjes and Clamshells, but for now I shall limit myself to being an onlooker. You’ll probably also want to keep a close watch on what Lori is doing over at Humble Quilts – a source of some really great quiltalongs and lots more besides.
Frances at Quilting Owl and Sally Bramald – Feather on a Wire – both made interesting points recently about focus and quality. With these things in mind I decided I had better take out the centre circle of a recently-finished block and give it another try – you can see that it’s just more than a tad out of kilter! And it all started so well …
Not out of kilter, but certainly unfinished was the framed needlework sampler I carried home from a local antiques fair last weekend. It didn’t look particularly remarkable, except for one small detail – it was just an everyday sampler that was faded,dusty and dark with the passage of time. The date is frustratingly unclear – maybe 1830something, maybe 1880something. My money is on 1880something. I have prised it (carefully) out of its frame and cleaned it (carefully) as best I can. The colours are faded but more visible after cleaning.
But there is that small detail – and I can’t show you what it is. Let’s just say that somewhere between the original stitcher, Ann Simpson and whoever framed her sampler, some mischievous person added a little bit of cross-stitch graffiti in black thread in the lower border. It’s certainly not an image that one associates with cross-stitch samplers!
And now, back to quilting and getting everything together for the course at Denman College at the end of next week. A couple of new samples to make, worksheets to print and all the usual things – wonder if I’ll cope without that favourite thimble?