Baby Sampler – And stay by my bed side – Progress pic.
Originally uploaded by Cathymk.
Here is a slightly out of focus shot of the Baby Sampler (it’s by Erica Michaels Designs)
edit: Hey! doesn’t look that bad on ze blog I’m taking a break from this piece as I need to grab some DMC 930 to finish it.
A recent Question of the week on the Mirabilia Board was “How has your stitching evolved over time?” I didn’t post an answer because I couldn’t honestly say I had evolved. But I was kidding myself. I’ve started stitching a sampler for my new nephew Niall and I hate it. It has 5 colours that are handdyes and I don’t know if it is threads are not showing the colour variation enough or what it is exactly but I’m not enjoying it at all! I forced myself to work on it yesterday afternoon after work and then in the evening I gave myself the treat of finally making a start on Theresa Wenzlers Storyteller (Which was a kit I bought years ago with new fabric I’ve subbed in – not going to fall for that one again). I’ve started with the border first and have made reasonable progress. This piece is supposed to be my focus piece in my rotation so I find it ironic that I’ve just made a start on it.
The reason I think I have evolved is that I actually like “Primitive” designs normally. I love Bent Creek and Lizzie Kate and have stitched both of these designers very happily. But because I’m working on TWs and Mirabilia and soon hopefully on my Chatelaine Shaker basket (should the fabric ever come), the design I’m working for Lucy’s baby is looking kind of one dimensional to me. I’ll finish it. Well, he is my nephew… but right now I can’t say I’m in love with the piece. I’ll post some progress pics later today and you’ll see what I mean
I bought a sweatshirt for my husband some years ago that says, “Celebrate freedom. Read a banned book.” The shirt then goes on to list ten books that were currently banned somewhere in these United States. Here are a few examples: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. (For more information, see banned books online, and other sources.)
- Have you ever knowingly read a banned book? No
- Have you read any of the books I listed above? Catcher in the Rye is the only one! I have read books by those authors just not the banned ones. (In my defence they are all not really the sorts of books I like to read. I have read the authors just to fill out my knowledge of authors writing styles (handy for a librarian to know, you know!))
- Knowing that the above books have been banned, would you read them now? Why? Maybe Huck Finn – I know it’s a classic, the others just don’t appeal (especially gone with the wind – I hated the film – I spent most of the afternoon shouting at the TV over the stupidity of Scarlett – what a dopey dame!)