More stitching and contemplating…

While I am researching bows I am stitching on a guild project.

My guild has a couple projects they are stitching and finishing to donate to the American Needlepoint auction (http://www.needlepoint.org/index.php). These projects were donated to our guild by a member who was moving.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI like Halloween and Janet Zickler Casey (https://www.jzcdesigns.com/) canvases…so I took Bone Jangles (https://www.jzcdesigns.com/Bone%20Jangles.htm) to get started. I donated the stretcher bars, tacks, magnet, bag and placed the instructions in plastic pages.

First I completed all the dangling threads…when you take a class you usually end up with partial areas stitched and dangling threads.  Then I balloonstarted at the beginning and am stitching until the guild meeting (next Monday)and then I will pass it on to the next member. Probably won’t see again until stitching is completed.

I loved the face stitch and untilI started him had not given much thought to stitching this on the diagonal but it was so easy. Sometimes I just get brain freezes and can’t see the 13 jzc Bones w stith outlinediagonal method…now I can.

I also outlined the eyes and the teeth but the rest of the face I marked on picture with dotted line because I wouldn’t outlne the face until the jacket and bow tie are completed.

This and another project I did this month has made me think more about my stash and library. I had two other friends who downsized and moved this last year and I helped them dispose of some of their things. We had a sale online and at a guide meeting, the profits from these sales have gone to charities of their choice. I have downsized my canvas and threads with the combining of households (see: https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/re-storage/) but I still have large collections of stash and a library that takes up a room.

I have a several pieces of needlework that need to be returned to the family of the person who has stitched them when something happens to me. I love these pieces but I did not stitch them and I think their families would love to have them back. I have taken pictures of these pieces and written down whom to contact.

I also have written down several stitching friends to contact should something happen to me; they will be able to help my family dispose of my collection if I am not here to help.

One of these days I am going to go through my library and downsize this also. But it will be one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I really love my books; they are like old dear friends. But there are some old friends that I do not visit often and maybe someone out there is looking for this book to add to their library. I am not looking forward to this day but books keep coming in and I have run out of space.

How about you? Does your family know how important needlework is to you? Does your family know what to do with one of your most valued (not only $$ but personal favorite) collections? Have you given any thought to what is to become of an important part of you…because our needlework is part of us,  an expression of who we are and how we want to be remembered.

Okay, now that I have depressed myself it is time to move on…I think I will go stitch.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!
ttfn…sue