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In which I poke at stuff with sharp things

Posted on 2010.04.26 at 20:21
A million and one years ago, I had a request for More Sewing & Needlework on the blog, to which I said, "Yay!" and "You bet!"

...The problem was, said request fell in the middle of me finishing a new book (!!!), during which time I did nothing else. So there has been no more sewing and needlework for quite some time, and hence, none to blog about! I even hid my sewing machine for a few weeks, because it was taunting me. No, really. I could see it making mean faces at me from the corner as I tried to work, but I could never quite catch it at it...

Anyway... now that I'm kinda on vacation again (someone remind me what that actually means, please), I've been exercising my stitching muscles (and all the other other ones, too. DH just brought me an almost-new ski machine... tho' I digress), so I have a small update on some stuff I have or have not been working on the last couple of months. Or just this weekend.

So, um... well, when I finished the new book, I pre-ordered this beautiful thing, and I am anxiously awaiting its release, so I can set about not making it for at least a couple of years:

This is "Twilight Pearls" from designer Just Nan (and if you need one, too, click here.). It's a cross-stitch adaptation of the "Amish puzzle ball" popular among quilters: thirty six tiny stitched pieces, sewn together to make a pincushion (or plaything).

In the meantime, I've been working on a little stitched castle picture that reminds me of Bryn Shaer, the setting of StarCrossed:

(It's still missing its towers and some ocean spray.)  I don't anticipate that this will take me quite as long as my last finish.

Hmmm... just thought of something that might be fun: a semi-regular peek into Elizabeth's needlework stash, similar to the Book Haul posts I sometimes do. Maybe a little peer-pressure will help drag some of those unstitched projects out into WIP status!

I have some sewing stuff going on, too... but I might get a little bit more done on those before blogging about them.

Thanks for looking!


deva_fagan at 2010-04-27 01:45 (UTC) (Link)
The puzzle ball is lovely!

Every time you post your needlework pictures I start getting crafty urges. Then I look around at all my other neglected occupations and realize I really better just stick to enjoying it vicariously through your posts!
Mirth & Matter: The Journal of Elizabeth Bunce
elizabethcbunce at 2010-04-27 01:52 (UTC) (Link)
Hee... I get intimidated by other crafters' blogs, too. And the truth is, will I ever really make the puzzle ball? Who knows? But I love the thought that I *might.*
deva_fagan at 2010-04-27 02:05 (UTC) (Link)
Heh. Kind of like all the books in my "to read" bookshelf. I know I probably won't read all of them but I love having the possibility there.
kellyrfineman at 2010-04-27 04:57 (UTC) (Link)
That ball is lovely! Also, it looks exquisitely complicated. Have fun with it!

I haven't done any needlework in months . . . the last bit was some hand quilting, back to which I must go.
Mirth & Matter: The Journal of Elizabeth Bunce
elizabethcbunce at 2010-04-27 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
I know! Like I need another *complicated* craft! One of the things I love about stitchery (over, say, writing or sewing) is that it's NOT complicated! What am I thinking?
anne_tosa at 2010-04-27 17:16 (UTC) (Link)
Think of the ball as the equivalent of Morning Pages! And maybe a future character will be working on/discover a similar puzzle ball with really odd characters, and....
Mirth & Matter: The Journal of Elizabeth Bunce
elizabethcbunce at 2010-04-27 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
Anne, you are brilliant, and have just found a way for me list my stash expenses as a tax deduction. Chocolate for Anne!!
anne_tosa at 2010-04-27 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
I am not an accountant, but I suspect you can deduct the chocolate, too, either under Legal and Professional Expenses or Marketing: Goodwill!
Mirth & Matter: The Journal of Elizabeth Bunce
elizabethcbunce at 2010-04-27 17:52 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, wily!
rllafevers at 2010-04-27 18:38 (UTC) (Link)
I am all thumbs when it comes to needlework, but yours sure looks lovely! Especially the Twilight Pearls! Although, I am also very partial to castles...

Gorgeous stuff.
Mirth & Matter: The Journal of Elizabeth Bunce
elizabethcbunce at 2010-04-27 18:48 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Robin! You should see the piece I have going on alongside this little castle: http://www.twdesignworks.com/Designs/cass.html (I'd share a progress pic of mine, but it's just a bunch of lines and blots at the moment!)
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