Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Cape Stitcher has a birthday
You've heard the saying many times: "My, how time flies when you're having fun!" A year ago today, The Cape Stitcher made its debut in blogdom. Pierre the Penguin and I offer many thanks to all of you who have visited, occasionally as well as regularly, to follow my projects in progress!
In reading the blogs of other folks, I've noticed two things different about this one. First, I don't have a "blogroll" listing the contributions of others who are equally passionate about needlepoint. My response to frequent queries about this absence is simple: I don't want to take the risk of leaving someone out and hurting anyone's feelings!
I also don't have a "completed projects" list--I sure wish I were computer-savvy enough to add this, and perhaps in time I'll catch on! So, in the meantime, I scrolled through the 167 posts of the previous year and compiled a list of everything I've stitched--and finished--since Nov. 29, 2008.
My own designs: 10 lighthouses (bringing the total number to 86); four "Eggs for All Seasons;" three mini-socks; three angels; and one Penguin. Then there's the crazy- quilt box-lid insert, the Halloween door-hanger "Dreamgirls," and the model for a Lobsterman stand-up. I adapted two original pieces of artwork for needlepoint: my father's pen-and-ink drawing of Central Park, which launched the blog, and a Kyrgyz pillow from a textile fragment.
Collaboration: An underwater scene, with fish designs provided by Judy Harper.
Canvases designed by others: Mindy's "Country Christmas" pillow and a Zellig tile design by Jan Fitzpatrick. I stitched the models for two designs by Gail Hendrix--"Nippon Textures" and the "Sweet Tooth" gingerbread house--as well as three more of her ornament canvases for myself.
I counted them all and discovered I'd finished 34 projects in one year. Gee, guess I'm not a slacker after all--and I sure do love to needlepoint!