Did I get your attention with that title? And now you are thinking what does most of that have to do with stitching or, in fact, with each other? For the most part, I wish it did not have a connection but let me start at the beginning...
I have not blogged in over a week as life is very stressed at the moment. We had a problem with flooding in our home due to a burst pipe in the kitchen. Although we acted quickly to get everything mopped up, we have now had to face the fact the loosing the solid wood floors was not the worst of our problems. We are unsure about the floors still but there is now mold growing on walls in our laundry room, hall, kitchen and living room. Later this week, we will be having someone come out to inspect the damage from the insurance company but in the meantime are having a few made up at their request. We found out from one company that our best thing to do is rent an industrial strength dehumidifier which we got today. What a horrible noise it makes. It being summer is a bad thing. The humidity in the air is only making the walls damper. In the end, if we are lucky, they can treat the walls and scrap off a layer of plaster. They will need replastered and then painted. In the worse case scenario, they will have to remove some of the walls and have them redone. I just cannot believe it will be that bad?
So that takes care of mops and mold and why I have not been stitching as much as normal. My worm garden is calling me but will have to wait. Why?
I am blaming it all on Margaret and Annemarie. Hey, this is the second start I should not be doing involving Annemarie since I am doing the worm garden as part of her Lovelorn Sisterhood. You are bad for my stitching health my dear friend. *grins* We are doing our own little Mary Wigham SAL. It is going to be the slowest SAL on the planet and we will see who carries away the slow stitching queen prize in the end. I have a feeling it will be me. *more grins*
I tried to talk myself out of beginning this even as I was thinking over colors. So many WIPs lay in my basket calling out to me. I had already started on my idea of a wall of Quaker samplers all done in autumn shades and while I was debating that it would be a great one to add to the other two, I remembered the pretty DMC threads that my little Zoe Pickle (my 6 year old grand niece) gave me for a Christmas gift. I was saving them for something special. Well here it was! I could use them for this beautiful sampler. I finally got a start made on it this week. I am using a cream Flemish farmer's linen in 32-count. I am stitching 1/1 and it is really coming out nicely on this linen. I love how Quaker samplers feel like you have many little finishes with each motif.
So that takes care of pickles and beginnings but what about endings?
Those of you who used to read my first blog NeedleNecessities will know how I love to 'connect' to the past when I am doing any kind of needlework. I was reflecting about how wonderful it would have been to lived in these times (Mary Wigham's sampler is from 1790) when a girl was sent to school to learn things like perfecting her needlework. Or how mother's invested their time in teaching their daughters, among other things, to sew. It is sad to me that girls are no longer interested in sitting down and creating their own samplers. Look at the glorious samplers and quilts we so enjoy reproducing today because of those times. Girls in my neighborhood are outside for hours on end hanging around on the streets. I just find it sad that needlework has faded away and it is not trendy to do any handwork. If I would have had children, I would have wanted to give them the same encouragement I received from my own parents to go ahead and try the things I wanted to do. But are they not interested or simply not shown these things anymore? Is it a catch 22 situation or a hopelessly old fashioned idea? Do you or have you taught your own children some needlework?
So I leave you with the endings part of my entry to ponder. I hope the next generation will discover the joys of stitching, quilting and lacemaking as we have.