Tuesday, September 11, 2007


For the last few days I've been planning to take some pictures of what I've been working on. I jumped on the Fat Bottom Bag train, thanks to Julie's relentless posting of her finished Fat Bottom Bags, then Tiffany started crocheting them, so I emailed Sue and asked if a person who has only crocheted ripple afghans and granny squares could make a Fat Bottom Bag with only a minor amount of frustation since Sue made one of these way back last year. Sue gave me the go ahead and over the weekend I crocheted the bag part of two bags. Haven't got up the courage to do the handle flaps yet because of that pesky sewing in the lining issue. I've been pondering that. So instead of actually seeing if I can do it I keep crocheting the bag part which is pretty darn addictive. I don't even mind thinking about how to sew in the lining while I'm crocheting my little heart out on the bag.

Maybe pictures tomorrow. It was pouring down rain this morning and there's really not an uncluttered flat surface on which to take a picture at the moment so when everything dries up outside I'll snap a picture or two because I know you just can't wait to see these unassembled bags.

Other than Fat Bottom crocheting not much else is going on here at the Ranch.

I have been thinking about setting up some kind of rotation for my cross stitch projects. Every time I do this I begin to hate my projects and want to start something new so I don't have to follow my plan so maybe I should just shelve the whole "I need to take control of my stitching" plan.

Right now the pieces screaming at me the most are 13th Colony Bay and Sonne Spotte. They are the only two I want to work on and I love them. I am planning to mix it up on the first and third Mondays of the month by pulling out my TW Fantasy Triptyche and working on it with my friend Sue who is blogless. She is starting her's over on a different fabric and I've made so little progress on mine it's almost a new start but I love this design and I plan to have it finished sometime before I turn 80.

I kind of went into a TW meltdown this weekend. There are so many of her designs I want to stitch and I have Tradewinds also started and want to start her Mermaid and The Fortunate Traveller before the end of the year too. Then I start thinking about all the blended threads and how if I have four TW designs in progress I won't only not finish any of them but I also won't finish any other projects either. Then I saw someone's album where they had finished a lot of TW designs and one project was all four Seasonal Fairies over 1 on the same piece of fabric! Holy Crap! This album reminded me that not only do stitchers actually complete TW designs some stitch several and also manage to stitch other things too. It gives me hope for all my many WIP and UFOs.

Here is the link to the album with all the beautiful TW stitching:

rowenafromoz's photos and albums on webshots


Julie said...

PUSH! Come on, you can do it! Linings are easy, I promise! :o)

Anonymous said...

Go, Melissa, go!! The lining part is harder to get started on than to do. Once you're sewing it in, it's kind of relaxing - does that make sense? Can't wait to see pics!

P.S. I'm glad the crocheting part is going well!

Barbeeque4 said...

Hi Melissa,
I found that you are also doing VOHRH..I will follow your progress with great interest!! Love the post about materials... :)