It’s lovely Autumn day…

…here in Minnesota. The air is crisp, the sun is shining and the sky is that amazing blue that is so pure it almost hurts your eyes to look at it. We are finally getting some fall color and even here in the city the vibrant yellows and reds make one forget that the jungle we live in is concrete rather than organic.

I know it’s been forever since my last post—the summer went far too quickly and I don’t really have any pictures of my work worth posting. That doesn’t mean I haven’t stitched. I have been working on knitted lace scarf, trying to improve my technique. That means that there are errors in the scarf, but it also means I can see the incremental improvements in my knitting. I will snap a photo of both sides of the scarf when it is done so you can see where I started and where I ended up. I have many other knitting projects to start—some of them intended to be Christmas gifts—so I need to be disciplined and knit a bit each day.

As for stitching I have been working primarily on my Christmas tree table runner and and napkins. The napkins are done and the runner is getting close. I hope to use it over the holiday season. In my last post, I mentioned the fact that this was my oldest WIP—I started it the year we were married and we just celebrated 32 years. It’s time for it to be done. Again it is a wonderful record of how my stitching has changed and improved over the years (including crossing all my x’s in the same direction). I will also post a photo of that work as soon as it’s finished.

I also had the wonderful privilege of teaching a friend to stitch late this summer. He has proved an apt pupil and has almost finished his first BIG project—in a month’s time. I love seeing that moment when people discover the possibilities in needlework and how that first project is merely a springboard to more discoveries.

Finally, I want to share a wonderful web site for stitchers. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer counted, hardanger or surface embroidery or whether you are a traditionalist or like to experiment with colors and fibers—this page has something for you.  The Stitchin’ Fingers  site bills itself as a forum for stitchers, fiber artists and textile enthusiasts. You can create your own page, join groups for those with like interests, and enjoy some wonderful stitching eye candy. Best of all you can connect with other stitchers all over the world. Check it out and enjoy.

That’s all I have for today. I’m hoping that each of you had a peaceful summer with plenty of opportunity for joyful stitching.

Blessings,

Julie

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