My stitching time seems to be less and less, I'm not sure what the problem is. Can't seem to find the time to do all the things I want to do. Work keeps me busy, I'm not sure how I managed when my kids were home, I don't envy all my friends with kids to keep up with. Makes me exhausted to just think about it! I guess that is what happens when you get old!
I am still working on Ruth Bacheler, can you believe that? I have put her away for the past month or so. I took an online class with Jackie duPlessis and I wanted to get that stitched and start the finishing. It is really very pretty, it's called la petite Trianon. There is much more finishing than stitching, and I really don't care for that! But the part that I have done it very pretty, I have done the brocade box, the thread winder and the petite bag, there are a few more pieces to finish, but I am pretty slow with it.
I also have finished the top piece for the Shepherds Fold sewing box from Shepherds Bush. It isn't put together yet, just finished it last night. Today I went back to Ruth, she felt very familiar when I picked her up! When we were on vacation in May we went to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge where the original lives. I had requested to see several samplers and of course she was one of them. The original is in great condition and she is much smaller than my reproduction. I am stitching from the Scarlet Letter kit, I believe it is 35 count linen and the original must be 50-55 count. And the colors are amazing, so glad to see samplers that have been cared for.