Thursday, June 30, 2011

Almost July...

...and I have nothing I can show you....

I've been working on my modification of The Workbasket's "Pink Flower"/BBD's "Sweet Alabama" for Stitch Bitch's contest, and her instructions are not to share pics until the contest is over! So for now I'll just keep waving my WIP under DH's nose and asking him how much he likes it... LOL I want to get as much done on it as I can before my Traveling Pattern arrives. (For those of you who are following that project, I'll apologize now if it takes me a bit longer to get that design stitched -- we have a bit of traveling and a family wedding coming up in the VERY near future, and now that I have a Small Person to entertain while traveling, I don't think packing needlework will be a top priority!)

In other - but related - I've just finished reading Plain & Fancy: American Women and Their Needlework, 1700-1850, by Susan Burrows Swan. I thought it was a fascinating read, and full of photos from the collections of the Winterthur Museum. And I had to chuckle when I read the caption under a beautiful Bargello pocketbook: "it was started by a young woman, probably in the 1760's, and left unfinished until 1817, when this same woman, who was then 73, remembered it. She quickly finished the purse and presented it to her granddaughter." A WIP for over 50 years?!?!?!? Isn't it nice to know that our ancestors had bins of UFOs just like the rest of us?

6 comments:

Zoe said...

Ha- that is funny- I wonder if I will still have some of my WIP's 50 years from now. Doesn't make me feel so bad!

pam said...

It only took me 12 years to finish the Dogwood Stitchery Needleroll. That pales in comparision. Find some time to stitch in your travels. Hopefully the little one will sleep in the car or on the plane.

Kathy A. said...

So, I can still consider my HAED a WIP!!! for the next 40 years!!! Yippee!!

Anna van Schurman said...

A 50 year WIP! That makes me happy. I am doing *good*!

cucki said...
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cucki said...

yup..join the club..count me in please..
a 50 year wip! you made my day.now i am not going to feel so guilty all the time:D)

Decision Made

After monkeying with the shells and beads some more, I decided to take them all off... ...and I think I like it best this way.  I did add...