I guess my personal life settled down enough last fall to where I was feeling a strong need to to get back to doing the things that make me happy, namely stitching, knitting, sewing, reading, etc.
I have SO many projects literally screaming for attention. I am kind of back into my old rotation of a different project for each day of the week. I always refer to it as my stitching attention deficit disorder. I've tried working exclusively on one project at a time, but then I'm always wanting to work on something else, so this satisfies my need for variety. It's not the perfect solution, I have lots of days where I am just too tired to pick up a needle, or even turn the pages of a book. But, most days, I try to do a little something, which is better than nothing at all. Even a few new stitches is progress, right?
The title of this post seemed appropriate. It seems like a common "thread"...no pun intended...with my different projects is that I've either started them with a group of friends, or am stitching along with a friend. I have so many stitching friends that I've made through the years...many online friends that I've never even met, friends in my guild, friends through the local needlework shop. I am currently working on projects within each of these groups.
I currently have probably 12 projects that I'm actually working on. I won't drag out this post with all of them, just a picture and blurb about the ones that I'm doing with friends. I will share the others in a future post.
Without further ado, I will devote today's post to projects I'm working on with my online friends.
My first little project is a very sweet little mystery sampler that was presented in nine parts last fall by Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers, called Mary's Sampler. To be exact, I am doing Mary's Sampler II, which was stitched on black fabric. Because I had so much going on last fall, I kitted and started Mary, but never quite got going on her. So, she went on my 2014 "to be stitched" list. I work on her on Sundays, in the early afternoon , when the light is good. Stitching on the black can be quite tricky. Today is Sunday, so Mary and I will be getting together this afternoon, and I plan to finish parts 7&8, which will leave me two Sundays in March, and I plan to have her finished! An actual finish...it's been a long time since I've had one. My good friend Sherri Berkman of Total Framing framed Paulette's Mary, and Sherri will be framing mine. I used the called for Lakeside Linens "Black Forest", and all of the called for threads.
Here is Mary's Sampler:
Next up is Blackbird Designs' "Anniversaries of the Heart". I started this three or four years ago, I've lost track. I need to figure that out, it's going to bother me...