Friday, May 31, 2013

Guilt Trip

Have you ever taken a class only to put the project aside in the closet where it languishes sight unseen once the class is over?

Better yet, have you ever traveled to another city to take a class with a needlepoint goddess (aka Susan Portra) and abandoned THAT project?

Here I am to confess and feel guilty about both.  We traveled to Needlepoint in Paradise in February 2012 flush with excitement about meeting Susan and getting her input on our canvases.  I took my birds  and got some great ideas on how to start and then be able to FINISH the canvas.  Fortunately, I typed up my notes when I got home so I do have some direction today.

Why did it come out of the closet?  WE ARE GOING BACK!  That's where the guilt comes in....

We each have a new canvas for her to advise on and I thought .... what if I have a question about the birds?  How would I even know if I haven't worked on them?  So now the birds have come to the front of the pile so to speak.  It's actually not too bad when you break it up into it's component parts.  There are branches, leaves, vines, flowers and birds and I have a plan for each of those areas.  The branches are all tent stitched following the direction the branch is going in.  The big leaves are two different versions of reverse basketweave.  The flowers have their own stitches...french knots, tent, diagonal satin.  And the birds are all different.

I also have guilt staring me in the face at my desk...with Susan's handwriting on the wall so to speak :)

I've got all summer to work on them and plenty of company since all those who went with me to the class are in the same boat!

Happy weekend,



  1. and Linda...why do you think that you are any different than the rest of us? Have fun with Susan...I love her!

  2. There's just something about not measuring up to a goddess! My next post is her version of the "Vicky cat" which my kids fell in love with!