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27 February 2018

A Huge Finish

Hello my friends if there are still any out there blogging.   

A few months ago I made a decision to give up stitching.  With my eyesight deteriorating and my hands beginning to quiver I was finding it too difficult and lost interest.

So the problem then was what to do with all my stitching paraphenalia.  Well I gave away some to friends, and sold a lot.  All I kept were a few things I was not ready to part with yet, and what I needed to finish off a few old projects.

This included "The Book".   Which I am pleased to say is now completed. I feel I should be throwing a party.

It has only taken me about 9 years..but the contents include pieces of work from the sample cloth at my first lesson in 1994 to the last of the 2013 Tast as well as other bits and pieces I have completed at workshops.  

I have also written a separate  diary and each page of "The Book" has its own page in the journal where I have written a little story about the embroidery  and how it came about.   "The Book" contains samples of stitches from Tast, and from other samples of stitching I have done through workshops and lessons.  There are 24 double sided pages which means 48 individual pages.

I am so thrilled to have this project finished at last.
All finished!
While all this was going on I decided to put the  Tast stitches I worked on over the last few years into a Band Sampler.   It is 4.6 metres long.   Below are just some of the sections.

All finished!

I still have another UFO to finish.  I was going to give it to a friend to cut up for collage but she said no I should finish it.  So that will be my very last lot of stitching, and it will become a wall hanging.

Than you to all my followers and friends who have been such a wonderful support over the years and given me encouragement with each of my endeavours.   I consider you as family.

I dont know whether I will get on the blog again, but you never know I might suddenly take up another hobby in my dotage.

Enjoy your day everyone


  1. Dear Shirley ~ How wonderful it is to complete projects. Congrats to you for that. I am sorry though that you are having to quit stitching. I pray that you will still find life enjoyable in different ways and will pop into blogland every now and then to let us know what you are up to.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

  2. So glad to see your post, Shirley! I had begun to worry........
    What wonderful finishes! I'll bet your book is just gorgeous, and your TAST roll, well, what can I say? 4.6 meters of stitching goodness!! That is a fabulous little (?) journey with needle and thread! Wonderful keepsakes.
    I do hope you are well and may you find many new hobbies to share with us.
    Hugs from Suz

  3. Wow, your book is wonderful, Shirley! So good that you have finished it :-), something to treasure.
    It is good to see you here again, I hope you'll post again,

  4. Oh Shirley, lovely to hear from you. Don't give up blogging completely. Love the look of your book and band sampler, that has given me an idea. I would love to see a bit of the inside of your book. Thank you for your comment.

  5. It's so good to read something here, Shirley. I'm sorry to read your eyesight is not good, so you cannot stitch anymore. I like the finished pieces you shared here and I still remember some of the embroideries on it. I hope you enjoy finishing your wall hanging. Take care!

    1. thank you annet. It has taken me a long time and the pages contain work from when I started in 1994. It is such a relief to have them finished