Plugging away

     I'm still working away on "Florentine Fancywork," hoping to get it in the mail by the end of the week to meet the August 31 deadline. I'll refrain from more pictures of the endless border stitching until it's completely finished. After I send it off, I'll have a while to figure out how I want to finish it.

     Speaking of finishing, I'll be heading over to the Brit's Gallery to get a couple of things framed. One is the Panamanian mola I received for Christmas last year. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, frame it, pillowfy it, or incorporate it into something wearable. What a dilemma! I finally decided to go with framing. I think. It would make a nice pillow for my bed. Gah! (Make up your mind!)

     The other isn't needlework at all. I was doing some decluttering over the weekend and discovered the portfolio of artwork from a couple of drawing classes I took in my 30s. Buried in them was a drawing I had done of the house I grew up in, which I later redid on a larger scale for my parents. I've decided this will make a nice birthday present for my elder sister if I get it framed simply. It's got a nice "aged" look to it now. (Don't know what that blue flare is in the lower left corner. I didn't use a flash or my FisherPrice pop-up photo box, just available light.)

     To get back to stitchy things, here are some pics I and Donna took at last Thursday's stitching group. I'm pretty sure I've talked about this group before, but I don't think I've ever introduced any of the Thursday Morning Irregulars, AKA Midtown Stitchers. We have way too much fun. There must be something illegal about the whole thing. This is only a segment of the group. We're missing one member who's been in Australia for months and won't return till November, one who's been in Greece for a while and is returning in September, as well as some others who've been absent for much of the summer because, well, it's summer.

Joan and Donna
Karla, Taryn, and Ellice
Bonnie and me

     So there you have us, previously the wild stitchers of Scarlet Thread. The shop may be closed but the ties remain. Both the Tuesday night group and this morning group found new places where they could meet regularly by the time the shop closed its doors for the last time in June of last year. I still miss it.



  1. I miss the shop, too, although I probably have made less than a dozen visits to Scarlet Thread in both locations. I enjoyed myself thoroughly each time, however. Now that you are in cyberspace, I'll visit there. Things change but threadaholics are forever. LOL

  2. It's hard to believe it's been over a year! What I can't imagine is what this past year would have been like if we hadn't stuck together as a group. I don't know what I'd do without our Thursdays.

  3. Yes, Jane, threadaholics never change. The compulsion remains the same.

    Donna, I don't know what I'd do either. I really miss the daily interaction of the shop, not knowing who would walk through the door, but knowing it was bound to be fun.

  4. When are you going to post a photo of your finish? Or did you not take a photo?

  5. Today! I took a picture; I just haven't had time to do the post.