In September, I wrote
I had hoped to be done by now but clearly, as you can see, I am not. Close, but as my husband says, "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." Such a charming sentiment. I have reached the point where I imagine I will still be working on this project when I am 90. I have a recurring stitching nightmare in which I see my family tucking the sampler into my coffin so that I can take just a few more stitches as I wait in line for my final judgment at St. Peter's gate.
I began this sampler with such giddy optimism that I actually stitched "2012" in the line with my name. How mortifying to have to frog out the 2 and replace it with a 4, or perhaps a 5. Or maybe I'll just find a way to squeeze a tiny 2014 or 2015 into the bottom right corner of the last band as a reminder of the length of time spent on the project.
Ah, well, here is a photo of my Monday rotation progress. It may not look like much has been done since I last posted about it here but I have done four Rhodes Squares, finished the center curlicues on the bottom left and top right, finished frogging the spiral border and the bottom border as needed, re-stitched the bottom border, and stitched another two flowers on the right. I think that is pretty good progress for just one day's stitching: an hour before work, half an hour on my lunch break and a two hours while watching TV in the evening.
The first photo is of Band 7 in its entirety.
The second photo is a close up of the right side of the band, so you can see a little more detail. I am enjoying this sampler again. I haven't stitched on it in a little over two months. It would seem that this piece is rather overwhelming, at least for me. I need long breaks from it to maintain enthusiasm.
The Tuesday rotation piece is a pair of tea towels from Cross My Heart's A Sampling of Herbs leaflet. I got a nice start this morning on the first one, Sage, as seen in this photo. There is a lot of confetti stitching in these charts and I am not entirely crazy about that aspect of them. [ The two overlapping leaves, small as they are, have 14 different shades of DMC in them. ] But they do stitch up quite prettily as you can see here and here on the last pair I stitched. Well worth the effort though I do believe I will be passing this chart on after this pair. I don't think I'll be stitching any more of these herbs charts. They are just a little too fussy and finicky for me. I have some other herbal charts that were designed specifically for Huck towels that I will be using for the next pair I stitch.