I have a little progress to show on "evergreen" (square no. 5). I was doing it just now when I hit a snag.. a stray thread from "angel" (square no. 1, which i haven't finished because of the metallics) got caught in my green. So I am now hunting for my scissors - I know it's here somewhere. There was a whole week last week where I was missing them; they're a small, utilitarian pair of Fiskars with nice sharp points for getting under thread and cutting.. I was already mourning them, I mean a whole week and they hadn't surfaced!.. when I found them in my little stitching box right beside the bed! Now, I would seriously have been inconvenienced by their loss, because 1. for sure there is not any place to buy them here and 2., I have no other pair of "embroidery" scissors -- I am missing my DMC "stork" embroidery scissors (haven't seen them since the move).
I haven't helped but notice, in many of the stitchy blogs I've been following or visited, that there's this mystique about certain kinds of embroidery scissors - you know.. "Ginghers", "Kelmscott", etc. I'm curious about what makes them so special (aside from the fact that they have lovely designs on their handles). Note to self: visit an LNS (I would, of course!) to LOOK at the different kinds of scissors.
So here I am with a lot of charts to start and for sure I have not kitted any. I am going to be using whatever Charles Craft, plain ol' no-name Aida, no-name hardanger and MCG evenweave that I have. And good 'ol DMC. Sometimes it's a relief not to have a choice (of floss!). Just think how much damage I could do to the wallet.
List of charts to start (kitting not sewing, I can't start til I've kitted right)
1. Prairie Schooler "Holiday Homestead"
2. Shepherd's Bush "Santa's Christmas"
3. CEC Mrs. Claus
4. Graphworks "The Christmas Shoppe" (from Denise)
5. plus a whole lot of others that I will post later
Which one should I start first? PS or SB? Decisions, decisions. Whichever one it is, I will be sure to post.
Anyway, in the madness of the full moon, I am seriously considering buying a new chart "A Most Noble Pursuit" which is a collaboration of blocks by seriously good designers. Our only problem right now will be the logistics of paying (the logistics of stitching will come later, assuming the logistics of paying get sorted out).