I have accumulated such an enormous collection of fabric, fiber, charts and embellishments over the years that I am well-provided in my retirement.
Gallery Post - Fibers as evidence of this]. The ownership of a favorite silk company, Belle Soie, has changed hands. Since I am unlikely to find much more of the stuff and have many partial cards of many colors, I am systematically using up my stash of Belle Soie on smallish projects like the Prairie Schooler Primitive Americana and Prairie Schooler Year Rounds and this Prairie Schooler promo card, Stars and Stripes, from 2009. Substituting the Belle Soie for DMC allows me the pleasure of stitching with silk and the righteous feeling of using what I have. It would be such a pity to waste such lovely stuff. I enjoy seeing the silk on linen. I collect to use not to hoard.
But I digress. I should stick to talking about stitching. I need to buy a set or two of stretcher bars before I can start the ornaments. Which is just as well considering all the WIPs in the basket already. Even so, I have rediscovered a fondness for needlepoint and am anxious to start these little beauties in time for this Christmas. I am afraid I am like a kid in a candy store now that I am retired ... I want to do it all ... and all at once.
I have also been trying to gather all my stash in one place, a sort of pre-inventory browsing and organizing effort, if you will, In doing so, I have found four tubes of white linen I had forgotten I had, A godsend really since I thought I was all out of white and needed to restock. I also gathered up an appalling number of stitched but unfinished pieces that need to be transformed into useful or decorative items. I'll be taking care of the Fall pieces first, and then the Christmas and then the miscellaneous.