Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Running the background marathon
No, I didn't run the Boston Marathon--that was April 20--and I'm a stitcher, not a runner.
I was looking at my Kyrgyz pillow canvas recently as I passed through our dining room, where it was propped on a chair to keep it safe but not out of mind, and felt guilty. I hadn't worked on it in several weeks. I decided to work a little background, just to keep my hand in the project.
Picking up a strand of black Silk & Ivory, I started to basketweave more of the background. It was slow, but I persevered. I had a lot on my mind, and thought about endless little details of life as I worked. By the time I reached the bottom right corner, I was Inspired!!
I kept stitching, strand after strand of black Silk & Ivory, stopping only when I needed to interject another color that abutted with the background. And, just as it was time to pull the roast out of the oven for dinner tonight, I reached the bottom left-hand corner! The marathon was over, and I had crossed the finish line!!
In the process, I also managed to finish the blue and green threads needed for this project, so I only have the honey, red, pink/rose and "peanut butter" left to stitch--with a tiny tad of black in some places. Piece of cake--I see an end in sight!
Am I obsessive/compulsive about needlepoint? Maybe. But sometimes a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do to re-jumpstart a project.