I was cleaning out files from a file cabinet in the course of my attempt at office organization, and found yet more treasures. This time, it was a couple of file boxes of stitched samples.
I took a class at a stitching festival a long long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away – wait a minute, that’s a different story unrelated to stitching! Anyway, it was the kind of class that really appealed to me, lots of different stitches but no specific project. At the time I was interested in learning as many stitches as I could (still am, but now that I’ve learned a few thousand there are fewer to learn!). The class was offered by Margaret Lee Riegel, and I don’t remember if I took more than one class at that time, or took additional classes later. Nevertheless, I know I took more than one because I have the evidence.
The class was a very unique one, and I’ve not seen it repeated at other venues. There were 20 or so cards, each with a different stitch diagram, and a window cut out so you could mount your stitched example.
Here are several of the cards. Each one has Margaret Lee’s logo, the stitch name, a description of the stitch, and a place to record how the sample was stitched.
This is the inside of one of the cards. You can instantly see what a wonderful resource this is: you can see the back of the stitched sample, a thorough description of how to do the stitch (and in this case, step by step through the stitch journey), then a wonderful diagram of the stitch. Each card also has the copyright info (was it really 20 years ago?).
I did several of these, and stored them in a card box:
This will probably give you an idea of the size of each card. And, you can see how many I crammed into the box! And it’s not the only box of these that I have!
I don’t know if any of these are still available, or even if Margaret Lee is still designing/teaching, but these were so fabulous and so unique I thought you’d like to see them.
Next time I’ll show you how I adapted the idea for myself.