I was not totally idle while I was away.
The wedding sampler has moved along nicely. The left side still needs a few embellishments and then it’s done. The right side is all still to be done apart from the initial. The counting is getting easier, and I find that the more I’ve done, the easier it is because you have something to count from, rather than placing stitches in the middle of a big empty space.
While I was away, a book I’d ordered second hand from Amazon arrived. The cover does not begin to communicate how gorgeous the designs in it are. Some time, probably a long time down the list, I’ll be doing some of them. For now, I’ll just turn the pages, wondering wistfully when I could start one of the projects, and what I’d use it for. A girl can never have too many cushions, bags or pictures, for example.
And finally, my island loot. A very small bit of loot, to be sure, but when I tell you it’s Barbadian Sea Island cotton, woven in 1200 thread count shadow stripe, and feels like silk, you will probably understand that it’s hugely expensive and that’s why I’ve only bought 40 inches of 60 inch width fabric. It’s going to be turned into my favourite nightdress (I know this in advance, you see), embroidered and embellished with lace. I will probably wear it to death… But for now, I’ll just stroke it a bit (not too much, I don’t want it getting grubby) and store it away in tissue paper on the cedar shelves of my fabric cupboard.
Tomorrow I’m hopefully collecting my sewing machine. And cutting out lawn hankies for all those who’ve been promised one, plus a couple extra for people who deserve one. And maybe, just maybe, making a start on quilting Happiness, which is sitting folded on my sewing room visitor’s chair, pinned and ready, with needles and quilting cotton already set out. On the other hand, the garden desperately needs weeding.