Well, good news, bad news.....all of the boxes are filled with their goodies, except for these 9. While all of the boxes have a rustic appeal to them, these 9 are damaged a bit. All are still very usable. They just aren't acceptable to be part of the special edition of Miss Trenner's Needlework Academy. Now to figure out what to do with them.
Boy does it feel good to have that task done. The other boxes still need to go in plastic bags with their charts, but I'll do that in Nashville. It will be so much easier to transport them separately.
I think I may reward myself for all my hard work and take the rest of the afternoon off and stitch on Elizabeth Mears. Several of you wrote me that seeing mine in progress made you want to stitch it too. Isn't that often the way it is? My version is stitched exactly as Barb described on her chart.
I probably am within a week or so of having Elizabeth finished, but I plan to put in the final stitches later in the year when I visit my aunt who lives in Accomack County. Wouldn't that be cool to take Elizabeth back to Accomack County?
I've been trying to find a relationship between my family and Elizabeth's. It seems like everyone from the area is related somehow. While I haven't yet found a connection between the Mears family and my family, I've found that Elizabeth's husband Samuel Savage and I are related through Amy Waddelow (yes, Mrs. Waddelow).
On a completely different note...
Did you know that today is the Festival of Broken Needles in Japan? This is a 400-year old tradition. On February 8th each year, women gather at shrines and temples to "bury" or "put to rest" their worn out needles. Perhaps you would enjoy reading this article, and here are lots of photos here. Gosh--this makes me feel badly that I just toss mine in the trash and not show such a valued tool and friend more respect.