The little bit of stitching time I have managed to squeeze in has been spent for the most part with Frances Eden.
She's been such a patient companion. Why am I so impatient to be done with her?! Well, I've spent a fair amount of time asking myself this lately and I do think it's because of the lessons learned from the whole Ann Grimshaw saga. These pearls of wisdom have come to me now that Ann is done and I look ahead to the rest of my stitching line up. I've realized that....
Lots of color doesn't necessarily make it a more interesting stitch.
Case in point - check these guys from the upper left corner. Yes, they're colorful. Yes, they're uncomplicated and easy to stitch. But seeing as they are the exact mirror image of the same guys on the upper right, I wrestled with a certain frustration that I'd already stitched them once - why now again? Ann's motifs were all done in a single colorway of silk, but because the motifs were all so varied, they never felt repetitious.
Another post-Ann flash of insight - Don't trust your middle aged memory and eyesight to figure out what the heck you decided on 2 years ago. With Ann, since the colors weren't going to change, it was just a matter of following the chart and getting the stitches all in their designated spot. But now thar I've returned to Frances, not only are frequent color changes involved, I also have to figure out from the 30 different skeins of Sampler Threads I started with, exactly which one was used on any given motif??. Try telling the difference between Forest Glade and Dried Thyme after that long - not so easy. Here's the little blooming plant first stitched on the right side in February 2012. Did I bother to make note anywhere of any color conversions made?? A big fat NO would be the answer to that one.
Here is same-said blooming plant on the left side, recently stitched a full 2 years later. I'm embarrassed to say how many times I put these flowers in before I finally got the colors to match on both sides, Even now I'm not so sure I have them right, but I've reached the point of just moving on.
And lastly, I've learned that size is a relative thing. I happened to rummage across an old Permin piece I'd started many many years ago and remembered that I put it aside because the stitch count was tiny and it still seemed like such a huge monstrosity of a project. Does anyone recognize this from the feeble start I got on it?
Funny thing though, in the post Ann Grimshaw era, I feel like I've stitched a sampler the size of those giant flags they hang over football stadiums and car dealerships. When I found this Permin atttempt again, it didn't look nearly as enormous as it did when I
OK, so that's how things stand for me as of this afternoon, I have more work travel coming up at the end of the month, so Frances will have at least one more road trip to accompany me on before she sees her last. Have a good week!