The Library and Friday Night Sew In

On Monday the guilt finally got to me!

Last year I bought the pattern and supplies to stitch The Library by Little House Needleworks…I thought this to be the perfect stitch for me and was so excited to get stitching, I even signed up for a SAL on the LHN group. Everybody else has long since finished stitching their Library and probably had it framed by now. Where was mine? Sitting in the corner glaring at me. What went wrong? Well, it's a wide design so I thought it best to put it on a frame – huge mistake for me. Once seated behind the frame in my regular stitching spot I was trapped…couldn't exit without assistance 😮 I found it cumbersome to have to take my arm so far round the back of the frame to stitch. It took me ages to get everything in position and the stitching was going so slowly and the result was – abandonment! The poor Library was banished to the corner where it would every once in a while attract my attention and cause me feelings of great guilt. 

Meanwhile, I was busily accumulating more exciting charts to stitch. Was I stitching them? No! The Library was there glaring at me and I was telling myself no more new starts until you've done something on that Library (with the exception of that Thistle that I began which doesn't count as it's not 'just' cross stitches so therefore not a cross stitch project iyswim!). 

Finally on Monday I could stand it no longer and decided to pay some attention to it. I pulled the frame and stand out of the corner and tried for over an hour. Progress was slow, very slow. In the end I decided the situation was ridiculous and removed the fabric from the frame and got out my trusty hoop. I was happy as anything all of a sudden and many stitches were made. Here's the progress so far – it's a big project, I expect I'll be a while stitching it but at least things are on the move now…


Just the grass to finish and some little blue flowers (and a leaf that I noticed I've missed off the right hand tree) and this little section is complete.

Tonight is Friday Night Sew In night, to join in the fun you can sign up here and craft away to your heart's content. I'm going to finish off the last few crosses on this Library section and then set to work on this month's My Garden block – can't wait to see this finished, I'm aiming for it to be my March finish.

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6 Responses to The Library and Friday Night Sew In

  1. Karen says:

    It’s looking lovely Tree! xxx

  2. Tricia T says:

    Good for you! Sometimes we do best with the method we’re used to! I’m working on Pumpkin Cottage on my new frame right now and, while I love the fact that the frame holds it for me, I’ve made innumerable counting errors. I’m not exactly sure why… maybe it’s too far from my face???? 🙂 Anyway, your library will be completely built soon, I’m sure!!

  3. Carole says:

    The library is looking lovely. I have that one kitted up but won’t be starting it for a while yet. I shall enjoy watching yours grow instead.
    I’m thinking this Friday Night Sew-in sounds a jolly good idea. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing so I think I’ll join in 🙂

  4. Toni says:

    I just can’t get on with frames of any shape or size when cross stitching. I have to ‘roll’ and ‘hug’.
    Well done you on getting stuck in.
    Toni xx

  5. Nicky says:

    At least you’ve gone back to it now! It’s looking great, and I guess you’re right in the middle of FNSI at the moment. Have a great night!

  6. Gillie says:

    Well done for persevering albeit with a few glares here and there! Look forward to seeing your progress.
    So glad you are enjoying the Mistress too!

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