Hello everyone, and welcome to September! It seems all week the words of that old Rod Stewart song "Maggie May" have been floating in and out of my head, though I really can't keep many of them straight. Still though, that part about "I suppose I should collect my books and head on back to school" seems to suit my stitching as well. After lolling the summer away on my Hemingway version of"Once Upon an Island, I've gathered my thoughts and returned to my school girls, namely Ann Grimshaw and Frances Eden Here's a report on Ann:
She's not so very different from the previous time I posted about her, though I'm excited to see the last motif in the 3rd row coming up very soon. One more row of big motifs and I'll be on to the alphabets!
Ann is such a big girl that I keep her tightly scrolled on the rods most of the time and don't often take a look at her from the top down. It was great fun to unwind her this morning for photos and see how nicely the two different skeins of Finnegan's Fog were contrasting with each other. It was also fun to stitch the eyelet M.
My other schoolgirl is Frances Eden, who's also been a very pleasant traveling companion over the summer..
Again, she's not a great deal different than the last time I posted a pic of her, though the lettering of the verse to this point was added during my week in Little Rock. So far, Frances has been such easy straightforward stitching that I know I could get her finished fairly soon if I could just show her a little love. Why is it the finicky, high-strung , high maintenance pieces are always the ones that draw all my attention? Speaking of which, as I was serenely plucking along on Frances, this little she-devil crossed my mind and I had to at least have a flirtation with her.
This is Hands to Work, one of Tricia Nguyen's exquisite little pieces. Yes, it's 40 count, and yes, it's over one...am I crazy?
Part of the thrill is how perfectly the silk fabric I found suits the stitching. But still, I don't feel very certainly that I'll have enough eyesight, much less sanity, to get it done.
So that's how things are looking for me as of Labor Day. I've loved seeing every one's thoughts shift to autumn on their blogs and in their stitching! If you blink your eyes it will be Christmas. Thanks as always for stopping!