This week the roll of the dice brought up number four, my candle-wick blocks from long ago. How long ago, you may well ask? Way, way back in the distant past, these were started in 1999! We were planning a three month trip to England, and I wanted to take a little something to do. After driving around places of interest all day, walking through castles, and admiring stone circles, the idea was that I could relax in the B&Bs each night with a little hand stitching. So I traced some some designs onto plain homespun, packed needles and threads to take with me.
There is nothing fancy about my stitching, and I can only do back stitch and knots, but I’m happy with that. I love the simplicity of this sort of stitching, and I managed to stitch my way through quite a few of my blocks while were were travelling around the UK on our wonderful holiday. Some nights I stitched, and some nights I was too tired, but it didn’t really matter – the blocks were there if I wanted to work on them.
I continued my stitching when we returned home and then everything got packed away and forgotten. Then finally, my candle-wick blocks were taken out of oblivion, and added to The List of Six UFOs. At long last they have their chance to finally become more than just a pile of lonely little blocks.
The first job to do of course was to wash them in hot water, dry and press the blocks – already done now. Then I will need to cut them all to size and decide how I want to assemble them all. I think I’ll do that step tomorrow. How exciting, this is almost classed as a new project, and it is certainly time to start working on these blocks again, after all that time!