I’m enjoying working on my “Under the Sea” stitchery blocks, a free download from Willowberry Designs last year. Yes, I’ll admit I’m a bit slow with them, and so far I am up to working on the fifth block. But they are a “take-away” project and I quietly stitch away when I’m attending a sit-and sew group, or away on a caravan rally weekend. I’ve enlarged the patterns and do my stitching with Perle no.5 threads, rather than the more usual stranded embroidery cottons, and keep the threads for this project in my little draw string bag.
However, I’ve long suspected that most stitchers are rather more tidy than me, when it comes to their threads. This is what mine usually look like, all jumbled up and rather messy. At the previous Stonestead Stitchers day a fortnight ago, Liz helpfully suggested that I plait the threads to keep them tidier. Oh dear, I think I’ve been told off!
So now I don’t dare return to the Stonestead Stitchers day tomorrow, without tidying up my thread bag. “Robin”, I asked, “will you help me with some plaiting?” “Plaiting? I can’t do plaiting”, he said. “I just want you to hold these for me”, I reassured him. “Okay then,” he said with a sigh of relief, “I can do holding”.
So with his help, we sat there for half an hour, bringing order to the chaos. He was holding, and I was plaiting. I reminisced how I used to plait my daughter’s long blond hair when she was a little girl. Finally the last colour was done. Now I won’t feel ashamed next time I get my threads out in company!