Every year, Gay Ann Rogers holds a week-long sale of some of her patterns. Some are from her years of teaching, and this year, some were brand new. Gay Ann’s “E-Week” (as she calls it) was just a few short weeks ago. And despite the fact that I have many, many, many of her designs in my stash, I did feel the pull to purchase a couple more.
While I was combing through my stash to make sure I didn’t re-purchase something I already had, I decided that if I was going to order any more of her patterns, I should probably actually stitch some of those already in the stash.
I had two requirements for starting one:
- It had to be relatively small (with the assumption being that small would be faster)
- I didn’t want to spend a lot of money to get going (especially since I would be purchasing additional projects anyway. Fortunately, I had several already kitted up.
The one I decided on fits both criteria. It’s only about 8-1/2 inches square on congress cloth, and I had the kit.
Unfortunately, I don’t know if in this case small equals faster. Because I apparently didn’t choose something easy. This project is a study in ruskin lace, in which areas of the canvas are completely removed so the stitcher can add threads back in those areas and stitch on the added threads.
Here is Gay Ann’s Ruskin Garden Square:
It’s unfortunately not a terrific photo, since it’s printed on regular copy paper and seems to be a bit washed out.
Time will tell if this doesn’t take as long as I think it might. Stay tuned!