June Stitching Bloggers Question

Lee the Lake Stitcher's Stitching Bloggers Question of the Month.....

Tell us about something that you have stitched or plan to stitch for any father in your life. Maybe it’s for your father, your father-in-law, your children’s father, your grandfather, your godfather, or someone who was or still is an important father-figure in your life. Why did you choose this particular piece of stitching? Tell us the story behind it.

And because a simple one part question is never adequate, let’s go some more:

Often times we identify our love of needlework and our skills with our mothers or grandmothers or other women. It’s understandable because often they were are first teachers or role models. Now let’s think about our stitching life as it relates to our dads. Is there anything about our approach to stitching that we can recognize as traits of our fathers? For instance, does your dad (or any other important man in your life) have an approach to one of his interests that you can observe and think, “Hey….if I substitute the word “needlework” for “fly fishing”, we’d be pretty darn similar!” So tell us about it.

Answer (part one) : There are a couple of things I stitched for my dad. The first one was back in 1988 a "Mallards in Flight" picture. It was because my dad and younger brothers were seriously into duck hunting back when my brothers were in there early teens.

The second one was a simple "fishing" verse picture as he was into fishing right after he first retired.

Answer (part two) : As for recognizing any traits between me and my dad I’m afraid now-a-days that would be a zero. He no longer has any hobbies except playing hearts on the computer, reading his email, and looking after mom.


My Update: For my stitching on Berlin Woolwork Sampler, I managed to finish motifs # 17 & 18 and am currently working on motif #20. When I finish #20 I shall post a progress pic., Hopefully by this coming Sunday.

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The Return of the SBQ.....

It's been almost 3 years since Renee "The Blonde Librarian" hosted this fun meme.  I'd like to thank Lee for bringing it back to life again.  And without futher a-do ~ ~ ~ ~

Lee the Lake Stitcher Stitching Bloggers Question of the Month.....

Suppose we say that there are two types of stitchers.

There are those who enjoy the “process” of stitching. They stitch for stitching’s sake and if something gets finished, so much the better, but it’s not necessarily the end goal. Primarily, it’s the application of needle and thread to cloth that makes them happiest.

Then there are those who are “project” stitchers. They move steadily through their projects, certainly enjoying their stitching time, but finding their greatest joy in the completed stitching.

If you had to pick one to describe yourself, which type of stitcher would you be? I imagine that we could all say that we fall somewhere in between, but really think hard about this and try to pick just one. And once you’ve decided whether you’re a Process or Project stitcher, tell us if your recognize that approach in other parts of your life.

Wow that is a tough first question to get me back in the Meme mood. And you're right most the time I feel like I fall in the middle. But to be perfectly honest I'm not a "project" stitcher. I don't have the discipline to sit and stitch every day and steadily move through a project, one project at a time, until it is complete.

Which is amusing as my real life job is "project" oriented and must be completed in a set time. Don't get me wrong there have been times when the need had risen, when I had to finish a project in a set amount of time - for a wedding or birth announcement. So if push, come shove I could do it.

But considering that I have around ten projects that I've been working on slowly but steadily since before 2003, I guess that would peg me as a "process" stitcher. I go through stitching phases that last for a few months to a year and stitching slumps that can last for a couple of months to years. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever clear the WiPs page on my website. But in the end it's simply being able to put needle and thread to cloth that makes me happy and if something gets finished all the more to set up and cheer about it.
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And speaking of progress I managed to finish motif 15 of BWWS. Sorry no picture as it's 11:30pm and my scanner isn't hooked up to the computer tonight.

Once again I'd like to thank Lee for kick starting the SBQ Meme.

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Stitch-y update and good news on the job front....

I was planning to post this last Saturday on the 24th but it didn't get crossed off my to-do list until tonight. Anyway...

First the good news.... On April 16 I was officially given full time permanent status at my place of employment as an electronics stockroom clerk. Complete with a raise -- $9.00 an hour. Not only did I get a raise, but I am now eligible for health insurance that the company offers to their FT employees. For the first time in my life I actually have a health care plan. *WAHOO*

On the stitch-y front I haven't had much time to work on Berlin Woolwork Sampler, just Saturdays. So this is an interim snap showing motif 19 and part of 15 [of part 2]. In fact I've been rather tired from chronic fatigue and haven't been stitching at all for the last 2 weekends. (I won't update my webpage until I get all of part 2 finished.)

However.... To celebrate my status as FT permanent, I went a little wild with the credit card and bought myself Garmin GPS unit for my car, plus an HP 10-inch notebook, an external DVD writer, and mouse as accessories. Now I'll never get lost when I go on road trips by myself and I'll have e-mail/internet access at free wi/fi hot spots while I'm traveling.

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Stitchy Update...

I’m home from work today with a sinus infection that appeared over the weekend. This is kind of funny because the last time I posted here I was sick with a virus. So anyway, I crawled out of bed long enough to update my blog with the finally finished part 1 of the French mystery project "Tree of Life" by Annick Abrial.  Click on image for a bigger pic.

Now I'm heading back to Berlin Woolwork Sampler. I've just recently found out that all 2mm silk ribbon has been discontinued by YLI in January 2010. So if you plan to stitch this chart best get the ribbon that is required for part 3 ordered now as it's starting to get scarce. I got a little over eager and bought 2 extra packages. So if you need it I'd be willing to sell it - first come, first get. 

Hopefully I'll get over this infection soon and be able to show some more input on this blog.

Site Moved and a Update...

My best laid plans went up in a virus haze. I had planed to stitch all day Sunday and move my blog and publish my update on Monday. What ended up happening was me in bed for two days with the beginnings of a sinus infection and sore throat.

I was hoping to finish with Part 1 but that didn't happen. And since I'm not taking time off from work, I’m basically fighting this virus and I won't be doing much of anything else for awhile. So here's my progress on Part 1 of "Tree Of Life".

That's all for this blog blurb... until I'm feeling better.

Being forced to move....

I was hoping for a stitch-y update for everyone but since I'm still working... (YEAH!) I just haven't done too much in that department. I seem to be using my 2 free hours in the evening chatting on-line and reading e-mails... Horrors!!!.... LOL Anyway since I have Monday off from work I'm gonna see if I can't stitch the whole day Sunday and post my progress on Monday.

As for the title of the post.... it seems that Blogger is no longer supporting FTP publishing after March 26th. So that means I'll be moving my blog to Blogspot. I don't know how this whole transfer thing works so just incase you lose my RSS feed link you can find me again through my webpage at.... www.alpinemeadow.com/stitchery/index.html

I'll be moving my blog either Sunday or Monday depending on how much I get to stitch.

Well that's all for this blog blurb.
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