May 3, 2011


Just a quickie today. I am determined to get ALL of the laundry washed, dried, folded, and then PUT BACK WHERE IT FREAKIN' BELONGS, so help me God, and this is not going to get accomplished if I'm sitting in front of this here machine, playing Housework Hookie with y'all.

bevybyrne asked a question about the mounting method that I use as an alternative to q-snaps. If you're a canvas worker/needlepointer, please excuse the repeat, but for all of you cross stitchers out there who wonder what it is that I get myself into every now and then....

Canvas work or needlepoint is usually stitched on canvas, which is a thicker and stiffer medium than linen, Aida cloth, or evenweave fabric. Some stitchers prefer to stitch in hand, and they roll the excess up and hold it as they stitch, but we all know how well I do with excess now, don't we? For my canvas work/needlepoint projects, Miss Bevy, I use stretcher bars and tacks. Both are easily found in most LNS that carry canvas work/needlework supplies. I also tape the edges of my canvas with artists' tape that I find at an artists' supply store. I know that there are a lot of different theories with respects to working on projects in hand versus mounted on something like q-snaps or stretcher bars, but I find that a perfectly stretched and very taut canvas will give me a wonderful result in the end and I won't have to fuss with blocking or stretching, etc.

I hope that helps.

On of my stitchy heroes, Miss Donna was gracious enough to point me in a direction of some additional help with my Stars project. I've been following her progress on this one, and will confess that when I said "How hard can it be?", I was trying to be cheeky and fresh, since I'm pretty sure getting this one done will be the death of me. Stichers that are far superior to me in every way have been stitching this one before me, so I hope I didn't give you the impression that I was saying "Look at me! I'm going to breeze right through this sucker and get it done because I am Queen High Exalted of the Universe and will have no trouble whatsoever stitching eighteen hours a day on this, despite the best warnings of practically every single stitcher in the stitching community." And then the better half of my brain kicks in (too late, I fear) and says "Why oh why can't I just keep my big fat mouth shut just once in my stupid little life and not try to be cute or funny, but rather quiet, shy, reserved, and respectful like my mother raised me to be?"

In short...I'm sorry if I gave offense to anybody stitching this one. I really was trying to be a smart aleck.

(That'll teach me.)

So there you have it, folks. Sorry that there are no pics today, but the tiny bit of progress I made on Spring Quakers wasn't enough to document. I'm afraid that I got distracted by The Borgias, and then it was on to Nurse Jackie, and then Miss Oprah's interview of the President and First Lady.

Sheesh. So much for that whole "No TeeVee" policy.


  1. Good luck with the laundry-----if your determination works out, maybe I will try that. I tend to drag everything out.

  2. You must not have much laundry if you can get it all done and put in place in a day ;^) lol, I think mine would take more like a week or two! Can you tell I don't like to do laundry!?! ....or housework for that matter!

    Have a great day!

  3. Every time I read your last post I read "Tony Manero"... You know...from Saturday Night Live. So I think you're Stars project is disco oriented!!

  4. You crack me up! For some reason I always end up with at least a pair of socks or washrag in the linen basket -- what the heck is it that keeps me from putting it all away.

  5. Hurrah for housework hooky! I always say, 'how hard can it be?' about a lot of things that I do... I don't by any means think it will be a breeze! I say it almost in a self challenging way, as though to half convince myself that of course I can do it!

    With the amount of effort and care you put into your stitching of course you will do a fabulous job! I am really looking forward to seeing the finished product.

  6. Thank you Coni for the stretcher info. Now I have to go buy 50 of Hope the laundry is done. I need someone to organize my needlework, you sound like you have it together on that front. Wish I had that gene. :). Bevy

  7. Laundry day here in Virginia. I feel your pain.

    And I knew you were just being cheeky. Which is why I was being cheeky right back at ya!!!

  8. Dear Ms. Spinster- I discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago and had the incredibly exciting experience of catching up on THREE YEARS WORTH! Love your writing, love your dog, love your projects. However, I now find myself wasting time at work checking for new posts, suffering huge disappointments if none found, and rejoicing if words are waiting. I hope to get beyond this first stage of the "blog crush" and regain my concentration! Thanks for writing, and say hey to Stewey and Aunt Chrissy.

  9. "quiet, shy, reserved and respectful" What? Who's blog is this? CJ OK ;-)

  10. I LOVE Nurse Jackie. I don't get Showtime, but was able to download all of the episodes from Season 1 and 2 from Amazon and I watched them straight through! Can't wait to be able to get Season 3.