A much more recent celebration happened last weekend when Jim and I had our annual evening in Clearwater for the 2014 Frenchy's Stone Crab Festival. Live music, outdoor dining, beer, fireworks on the beach and of course, fresh stone crab.
Maybe it's because my upcoming birthday has me thinking about time passing and my priorities for spending it, or maybe it's just because I've realized I've collected a vast amount of stitching stuff with no real plan for actually doing anything with it. But I've decided I'm going to start running a Stitching Bucket List - maybe at the end of the year or New Year's - on the side of this blog. The question, when I leave out all the stages, fads and designer infatuations I've worked through, really comes down to in the time and eyesight I have left before I'm too feeble to thread a needle any more, which pieces of stitching are most important and will feel like my best accomplishments? So in no particular order, here's what I've got so far:
Ann Medd - What can I say about Ann? Even the Scarlet Letter calls her the Mother of All samplers. Ever since I saw Nicola's heart-stopping work in her and saw how magical Ann really was, I knew I've have to take her on.
Permin 1791 and 1826 - a girl isn't much of a stitcher unless she's got at least one Permin to speak for herself. I want both of these big girls.
Mary Bate - Don't I only hope I can be this good?
Loara Standish - Oh yes, I did tough out the e-Bay bidding war to win this stitching trophy. Now I have to put my mouth where my money is.
Ann Penry - Ann has been in my stash for years and years and years. I was first attracted to her because the original eventually made her way to Florida, but I now just love her for who she is.
His Eye is on the Sparrow - Margaret, your progress updates have landed this beauty on my list!
Anyway, these pieces have come to my mind without having to make a rumble through the stash, so they must be there for good. No doubt the list is incomplete and will have more additions before any one of these masterworks is done. Still, I think it's been helpful to take stock and set some priorities as time passes!
Stitching on current projects? Slowly, but steadily. Here's how Sarah Tuel is looking with her big brown bottom blossom finally done.
It was a lot of work to get that bloom in, not because the stitching was so hard, but the chart is crazy to follow. Really, all those little hand drawn diagonal lines in every direction were confusing to say the least!
Knock on wood the last corner will be smooth and quick to finish. Would love to have her done by my next post, but that remains to be seen
So thanks as always for stopping in and joining the birthday celebration with me! Back to work on Sarah.....