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Mission Rose Update!


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It’s been a while since I’ve written about my Mission Rose goldwork project, for two reasons, which I’ll share below.

But since I’ve received a lot of inquiries about it in the last several weeks, I thought I’d give you a quick update.

The project was put away for a bit while I was working on other things. For goldwork projects that are incomplete, I always cover them up with a cloth and put them somewhere out of the light.

And of course, once a project is put away, it’s less likely I’ll get anything done on it until I have real time to devote to it again. So that’s one reason the work stalled on the project.

Mission Rose Project Update

But here it is, out again, and you can see that all I’ve managed on it since the last update was one more corner in vermicelli work – the lower left corner. My plan is to get the other two corners finished this weekend, so I can move onto the frame.

The photo above hopefully will give you an idea of the size of the Mission Rose. It’s not a very big project – people who see it in person are always surprised by that. One lady told me she pictured it the size of a small poster (about 18×24″). If you check out the printable pattern for the Mission Rose, and print it without scaling on your home printer, it’ll print at the size I’m working it.

I won’t add any more updates until I finish the vermicelli and am ready to start the frame. That way, we can look up close at the goldwork thread choices for the two frame areas.

Mission Rose Project Update

You can see that the vermicelli mutes the blue a little bit, but not too much. It allows the blue to shine through, but it isn’t quite as bright as it is without the vermicelli.

Does the Mission Rose Bore You?

The other reason that I stopped pushing on the Mission Rose is this: I received two surprisingly blunt emails telling me to quit writing about the project because “everyone is bored with it” (according to one) and “we’re all sick of it” (according to another).

Though I don’t think the way they went about saying it was nice, I think it’s fair to say that the repetition of articles on the same techniques can get boring, especially when progress is slow. I didn’t really want to update again until I moved on to the frames, where some more instructional content and discussion of materials can take place.

The time off from the project was good for me. It reaffirmed that I like the Mission Rose, and that I am going to continue writing about it, because, after all, it’s my embroidery… and (not to put too fine a point on it)… it’s also my website.

The other, greater factor that pushed me to move along on it: the 40+ emails I’ve had in the last month, asking questions about it. It seems more folks are interested in it than not.

If you are indeed bored by the Mission Rose project, though, I invite you wholeheartedly to skip it when it comes up. It won’t bother me in the least. When you see “Mission Rose” in the title, just think “skip” – it’s that easy!

Next time we visit the project, we’ll be framing things up. For those waiting for materials lists on the goldwork threads, this is where I’ll be making final decisions on threads and showing you which ones I’ll be using.

Silk Gimp Give-Away!

Today’s the last day you can participate in the Silk Gimp give-away. Here’s the give-away article with guidelines, if you’d like to participate. Tomorrow, I’ll be announcing the two winners.

For Monday, I’ve worked up a leaf tutorial for a wonderful but seldom-seen technique for creating shaded leaves. It’s a fun technique, though a bit tricky. We’ll work through it step-by-step so you can see how it’s done and discover that it isn’t difficult at all.

Hope you can squeeze some stitching in this weekend!


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  1. The Mission Rose certainly doesn’t bore me! I enjoy following the progress and am looking forward to reading about your plans for the frame. I enjoy embroidery vicariously by reading your posts as my eyesight doesn’t allow me do needlework myself. Reading the comments is nice too, getting to ‘know’ the people who comment regularly. Thank you for needlenthread, and keep up the good work!

    1. Anneke:
      i empathize with your eyesite problem. i was just about ready to give up counted cross stitch until i ran into some one at a stitch in group that had a “Mag-Eyes” unit. she let me try it out and it was amazing. i ordered one from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WUY8NS/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . it came and it saved me. i use the #5 lens and it’s marvelous. i can still wear my glasses, i can even watch tv and stitch without removing the apparatus. i can even still work on 28 count even weave with no problem.

  2. Dear Mary

    Not nice to say that, I never get bored with your posts especially the Mission Rose which I find instructional and informative on how to do needlework techniques you always inspire me you have such a creative talent in embroidery so please continue with your updates on the Mission Rose and all aspects of embroidery like others I look forward everyday and wonder with excitement what your next post or project will be and I am always surprised and delighted at the variety of subjects on embroidery that you write about so please continue to inspire.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  3. “Everyone”? “We are all sick of it”. Hey, I didn’t sign any petition!

    And I wasn’t bored or sick of it. I am just so grateful for all you share of your daily life and work, all the resources and the time you put into answering our questions on the blog.

    It’s your work and your blog.

    Dearie me, some people ought to get a grip!

    1. Well said Ann. How rude. You provide many of us with daily inspiration. We’re not all going to be inspired every day, but on days when we are less interested, we can just skim or skip the post. You give freely of your time and energy and it is much appreciated.

  4. Like the Marion Medallion, the Mission Rose has been an amazing journey that has inspired new projects and techniques as it progresses. And, quite frankly, yes it is your blog. If you want to write about the digestive habits of dairy cattle in the fall, you have every right, and with your wonderful wit it would probably be quite entertaining. Please don’t hold back because of a couple of unhappy readers… many of us hope with baited breath that the next post will see more done on the mission rose.

  5. In fact, I hate to think you will be put off from blogging and your website by these sort of ridiculous spiteful comments, so I have just bought the ‘Little Things’ and ‘Lattice Sampler’ e books, partly because I do want them, and partly as a thank you for all that you do.

    I’ve already bought your other e-books and done two of your online classes and can’t recommend them all highly enough.

  6. Mary, I have NEVER been bored by the Mission Rose project. I’m one who has been missing it, actually. I do understand about needing to set things aside for a time, but that only makes it seem fresh and new again when we see it next; like catching up with an old friend. I admit I don’t always read the posts; some of the books you review are of no interest to me, but I just skip those days and wait for the next post. I’m sorry someone chose to be rude about it. THANK YOU for all the time and energy you put into the blog; it’s one of the highlights of my day!

  7. I just wanted to pop in and say that while I haven’t emailed you about missing the Mission Rose Project, I have very much missed it.
    I thoroughly enjoy reading about your progress and I have missed the updates.
    Please continue at your pace but know that there are MANY people out here who can’t wait to see the finished product.

  8. Oh my goodness, not boring at all! Aren’t people funny?

    As a beginner, this makes me really take time and try to neaten up my stitching.

    I know we aren’t supposed to say this when we start, but I don’t think it’s even possible for me to ever attain that level of embroidery. So I really am enjoying the Mission Rose.

  9. Oh my gosh! Boring? NO WAY! When I saw the subject line today I said, “Oh goody, the Mission Rose project.” In fact, I was heading out the door and I stopped to read it. You are my mentor, Mary, and I thank you for bestowing your knowledge and expertise upon the embroidery world.

  10. Wow, people were actually that rude? Personally, I love the goldwork articles. It’s something I most likely will never try, so following along lets me vicariously experience creating such beauty. Keep going just as you please. Those of us who actually appreciate and enjoy your work will be here.

  11. People are really unbelievable! I can not believe you received such rude comments. Well, for what it is worth, I am certainly NOT bored with the Mission Rose project. I absolutely adore following you step by step on projects and hope you continue for a long while.

  12. The Mission Rose project doesn’t bore me either! Quite the opposite! Your work is very beautiful and inspiring and if I can’t touch the silk… Oh what consolation it brings seeing your glistening photographs of it! Especially in a piece that draws my heart upward. God Bless you a thousand fold for your charitable love, Mary. You are an inspiration and a humble teacher. Many prayers for the ‘bored’ of this world!

  13. Sharon,
    I look forward to your blog every day. I have learned a great deal from reading it and from the excellent photos of stitches and of works in progress. Rarely I see a post about something I’m not particularly interested in, soI just skip it, but I still look forward to the next posting. Your blog is YOURS! Clearly you put a lot of time and effort into the pages. You give so much to all of us through your posts, and you should certainly ignore negative comments about the content. Thank you for all you do for all of us in the needle
    ‘n’thread world!

  14. I for one am fascinated with the Mission Rose!Please please don’t stop. I am not an embroiderer, especially with the gold threads but I find it truely fascinating and really appreciate you showing us all about it. Who knows, maybe one of these days I may just give it a try and that would never have happened if it weren’t for you showing us how its done. Thanks so much for not letting a few rude people stop you.Three cheers for you!

  15. I LOVE this project! I was wondering why no updates lately, and can’t imagine how anyone could actually tell you to stop posting about it. There are projects that don’t interest me, but I just don’t read them, I wouldn’t dream of demanding they not be posted!

  16. I do counted cross stitch only but I love your blog! I am blown away by the detail and intricacies of your work and have yet to be bored. And should I ever find myself in that unlikely situation, I would just skip the posts not send a rude message. Please keep sharing all your wonderful projects.

  17. I like Joyce T.’s comment & feel the same way. I am certainly not an acomplished embroiderer as I just do simple fun things, but I am so impressed by evertything I read on your site and the total dedication you put into each post. You are the epitomy of perfectionist embroidery and I admire you so much. I will never undertake even 1/3 of the things I see you write about, but I still learn a little each time you post something new. I skip what is way out of my league, but I still appreciate it just because you took the time to expain it in such detail. It is your website Mary and you just keep on doing all the great posts on anything you want to. We all love & appreciate your fine efforts to educate us, no matter what our individual interests may be. You are the Embroidery QUEEN

  18. Mary, you are so RIGHT. This is your web site and you can darn well write what you want. There are times when you write about something I am not interested in. I skip. No big deal. You can’t like everything all the time, right? You just keep posting things that you are interested in, Mary. Please. I love this blog.

  19. Nooooo! How could anyone say such things about such a lovely project? Beautiful gold and silk work doesn’t happen overnight, and the gentle, step by step commentary helps to reveal the love and attention that goes into every needle stroke. I hope the rude people GO AWAY and let you alone. I don’t know why they think they can speak for “everyone” – they don’t speak for me. I wait avidly for Mission Rose to pop up in my inbox, and every time it does, I study carefully what you have been doing. I have learned a lot from mission rose. Please don’t stop telling us about it.

  20. I am continually recommending your blog to other embroiderers as a place to learn/relearn various techniques, find inspiration for new (and old) projects and for just plain enjoyment. I also love Mission Rose and have missed reading about it. However, looking at my own pile of works in progress, I totally understand how projects rotate through the stack. Thank you for sharing your stitching life with us.

  21. That’s a shame that some people feel it is OK to spend time contacting you simply to be negative about what you’re blogging about, rather than just pressing ‘Delete’ when something that doesn’t interest them personally comes up!

    I love reading about more complex projects that take a while to complete. They are things that encourage people to try something more than just ‘quick and easy’ projects – especially when you go into such detail about how you overcame problems, your thought process in deciding what to do, etc. Please don’t stop just because of a few rude people!

    The Mission Rose project blog posts, in particular, are proving very useful to me at the moment, as I am planning a goldwork/silkwork project of my own as a gift for a friend, so I am waiting to see how you do things before doing mine, as I usually do needlepoint, not goldwork πŸ™‚

  22. Mary, this is your page, you do with it what you want. Trolls and rude people are, unfortunately, part of the Internet. I think your website, your books, your patterns, ALL of it is fabulous, and I am grateful that you share your talent with us. Those people need to realize you can’t be all things to all people, and just like you said, they can just skip on by if they don’t like what they see. Nobody is forcing them to read, and don’t let them bother you, either. This site is so very successful because you are doing a huge service to the world. Don’t forget that! You are where you are supposed to be, and if you weren’t, this page would have failed long ago. But look at it now! It got so successful that you went full time working on it. I, for one, thank you and bless you from the bottom of my heart.

  23. I have to chime in with the other posts here. I love the Mission Rose project. Even though I’ve never done goldwork (or maybe because of that!), I find it fascinating. I certainly enjoy watching how you make your decisions about design and thread-usage and use that knowledge with my own projects. THANK YOU for all of your hard work on this blog!

  24. Hi Mary,

    As I was reading what had been said about your Mission Rose, I began to fizz. I was going to post saying what I thought, but as I read further, you had already covered it.

    It is your embroidery and more importantly, your site – it should follow then that you can do exactly as you please, and I am glad that is what you are going to do.

    Okay, there will be some articles that I am not particularly interested in, but there is always the option to skip.

    Some people are so rude.

    Personally, I am just so grateful to you for all the advice and help you give, and I thank you for that Mary.


  25. Hi Mary,
    Good for you! I’m never bored with your projects, and have been patiently waiting for updates. If you didn’t write about the Mission Rose soon, I was tempted to “check up” on the project through cyber space.

    I always learn something new with your projects. Keep doing what you love! There are plenty of us out here who find it fascinating. (And for those who don’t – it’s their loss)!

  26. Mary, I am certainly not bored with the gorgeous project! In fact, by posting progress you are also showing us to “stay on task”! I have numerous projects going at one time and sometimes a glitch on one project will send it to the bottom of the queue and sometimes ends up a permanent UFO. You gently guide us back to our own projects showing your mis-directions and corrections!
    Thanks for your wonderful instruction and guidance!


  27. Hello Mary,
    Interesting to hear about the blunt comments regarding the Mission Rose. I have to admit that at first I did give a little sigh that the posts were about a project that was just not my cup of tea. However, do think that if you love embroidery it really doesn’t matter what the style is, there is always something to learn and to excite you; the sweep of a curve, a colour combination, a texture. Most pleasing is when I look over the photos and before reading the text can see something isn’t going quite right, and you change it. So nice to know that even if I don’t have your level of skill I do have an eye for form! Sometimes we should take the opportunity to think differently about a skill we love, who knows where it may lead us? Mary, you always give a wide variety of interest, a huge amount of teaching and a lot of pleasure.

  28. I am sorry to hear of the negative emails you received about the Mission Rose project. Your work–all of it–the tutorials, articles, reviews are a treasure. I live in a metropolitan area and sadly we have only one embroidery shop within 30 miles of my location. They focus on needlepoint and counted work but carry many threads suitable for surface work–and are wonderful folks. We often talk of your site and how your work helps folks like me learn, share and enjoy the art of embroidery. I especially appreciate your gold work advice/projects because–let’s face it gold thread is expensive! And there is an element of fear involved when deciding to tackle gold work a project. So please keep your insights and narration of the Mission Rose project coming!


  29. I love reading your posts and well, my gosh when you do write about something that maybe doesn’t interest me as much, I do just as you say, skip. As you say, it is your embroidery and your website and frankly as far as I am concerned you get to choose about what you want to write and stitch. I have a blog that I really write for myself as a record of my work, if people want to follow along they are welcome, if not, well nobody forces anyone to read everything. The same with books, I don’t want to read everything that is out there, don’t have the time either, actually I am amazed that these people even had the audacity to write that kind of email.

    Keep on writing about the things you love to do, Mary, that is what I love about the people whose work I follow, the passion that people have for their individual hobbies, whether it is stitching, woodwork, miniatures….., of course many people think we miniaturists are crazy, well, I like being crazy πŸ™‚

  30. Mary, I was not in the least bored with the mission rose project. I loved seeing it and your progress and decisions on what to use. I love seeing that sometimes you take out just like I do. I love your website it has taught me so much and continues to do so. I wish people would not be so rude to you, because you are doing an awsome job and I know of not one other place where I can go for advice and education all in one place. Love what you do. Thanks so much.
    Sharon K.

  31. Ugh! Some people are just plain rude. I normally just read your blog and not comment but hearing about the negative comments made me want to show you support! I am sure 99% of your readers are happy and, of course, you can never please everyone. I would be willing to assume they just like to be negative in general since they were not able to articulate in a more polite manner.

  32. Mary, I’m glad you didn’t take to heart too much the negative remarks! I know I personally will probably never take on such a project as the Mission Rose, but I do so enjoy reading and learning about it.

    Our rainy season is beginning here in WA, and I am looking forward to stitching on the grey weekends to brighten my days with some color.

  33. I agree with Ann Moran only more so. How dare those two criticize you in such a manner! Rude and insufferable, yes, indeed. I appreciate your efforts to share, inform and educate more than you know. Your work has inspired me-so hats off to you and phooey to those two who should know better.

  34. Not bored. It is kind of like a good book — always looking forward and anticipating. Want to get to the end, but not really! As you say, no one is being held to the flames to read your blog each and every day (although I do!). Carry on, Mary!

    1. *waving at Bobbi* I’m so unsurprised that you also read this blog. It’s like a little mini-class every day.
      Kathy- teacher angel in Atlanta

  35. Be assured that your Mission Rose project details have persuaded a reader like me to consider goldwork techniques avoided for decade(s). I frequently send links to your website to casual & competent embroiderers because you do provide such outstanding visuals. It was your monogramming that brought me here years ago and now I don’t miss a day without checking this bookmarked site. Heaps of appreciation!

  36. Oh no! I’m following you in this Mission Rose journey and waiting for the next post. Don’t give up and stay positive. After all, it is YOUR blog and those people aren’t obliged to read you if it’s not interesting for them.

  37. Oh, Mary, I love your blog and have learned so much from reading it. (I’d really like to go back through your archives and read everything I’ve missed – I know I would learn even more!!)

    My thoughts are that it’s your blog and you should write about whatever you want, whenever you want and as often as you want. If there is something that doesn’t interest someone, then just move on.

    It just never ceases to amaze me how rude people can be. It seems that some think they can write things that they would never say face-to-face.

  38. I think that all of your projects are fascinating, inspirational, and educational. I did forward to my sister the links to your discussion of teaching kids to embroider as she has sometimes been working with Brownie Scouts. I sometimes send links to an article about wonderful embroidery to other ladies in our Altar Society with the heading “just for pretty” too! While I think that goldwork is out of my league, that doesn’t mean that it will always be so–so keep on what you’re doing all around please!

  39. OK, here is my two cents on the subject; cause I some strong opinions on needlework blogs!

    I read lots of needlework blogs that feature all sorts of styles and types of work that I will never do. Why? Because they broaden my knowledge of needle arts and I learn from them. Example: I will never do a monogram. Never! But, I read each and every one of your blogs on monograms because I learn many things I can apply to my own work. Like: on a heavy padded surface how to make a smooth curve where each thread lays in place and does not slip off the padding; or going from the wide part of a letter into a single outline stitch keeping the flow of stitching perfect. And on and on… I also like bloggers that list blogs they read. I know it must be a nightmare deciding what blogs the writer should list but, I have found so many great sites this way. I also love thread reviews with comparisons of threads and how they differ in look and manufacture! What a great way to find new threads and where to purchase them!

    What I don’t like in needlework blogs. -grin-
    I get very frustrated with wonderful writers, with interesting embroidery blogs, that don’t post regularly. Where a great project is started that peaks my interest and then nothing for a month, or two —- then the writer shows the completed project. Grrr… I wanted be apart of watching that project progress to completion. But, blogs where several projects are worked on at the same time are just fine with me.

    I also dislike blogs that are just a marketing outlet for the blogger. Now, don’t misunderstand, I like blogs that are selling the bloggers goods. But, I want to see them work on their designs. I want them to make me excited about their work and make me want to purchase their original creativity, not just try to sell me something.

    Which brings up the subject of adds in blogs. I understand that blogs are a GIFT from the writer to me and blogs cost money to do well. So, I expect the writer to be somehow reimbursed for their time and knowledge. But, a if you want me to read a blog it can’t be just an add for some needlework company. Tho I am delighted to see bloggers mention thread manufactures and where to purchase goods used in their projects. Again, I gain knowledge from those kinds of subtle adds. Also, adds at the top, bottom, or along side of the blog can be informative. Often when ordering threads I will go back to a blog to get the name of a company I have never used before because I know that blogger used a thread I want to purchase or I want to read their review of that thread again.

    Just my thoughts on the subject of what I like and don’t like in needlework blogs.

  40. Dear Mary,
    Please, don’t ever stop writing about the mission rose project. What interests me the most is ecclesiastical and gold work. I love the detail and never get “bored” with it. I have learned so much from you. Thanks so much for sharing your time and knowledge.

  41. HaHa! I felt opposite of that! I actually skimmed over the other posts WAITING for you to return to the mission rose project!
    I guess you can’t please everyone, right?!

  42. I am always amazed when people complain about something they are getting for nothing.

    I’ve learned a lot from your blog and while the Mission Rose is something I would probably never attempt, I have watched each step closely because I KNOW I am going to learn from your techniques.

    Honey, if you want to write about giving your dog a bath, you go on ahead.

  43. I personally love to read anything you write, Mary. Even if I’m not interested in doing the project you’re writing about, I read every word because I can glean off of it the bits of wisdom and knowledge your posts are famous for. I am so grateful for your website. I don’t always post, but I read it every day. I can’t recall being bored, even once.

    1. Agreed! I’m a very casual embroiderer, but love knowledge in all forms. I read about projects I particularly wouldn’t do because you never know what you will learn. So, thank you Mary for sharing your knowledge.

  44. Dear Mary,
    I was so pleased to see the update to your Mission Rose today as I’d been wondering how it was progressing. The vermicelli goldwork is beautiful. It made me feel rather sad that someone could be so discouraging to you when you share so many embroidery riches with us. I think sometimes, people lose sight of the fact that there is a person with feelings at the other end of the email. Perhaps they would be more tactful face-to face.
    You work and write about an astonishingly broad spectrum of projects to a large audience and naturally, there will always be some projects that appeal more to one reader than another. It’s rather like reading a magazine: there are some ‘must do’ designs and others that you flip over.
    Speaking for myself, I really appreciate having been introduced to so many new techniques and ideas. Yes, there are some projects I ‘flip over’ but I realise they probably appeal to someone else. I keep my favourite posts and organise them into folders so I can find them again at need. I especially love your detailed book reviews; the stitch fun series and the great variety of threads & fabrics you’ve introduced me to. The step-by-step projects you take the time to share have been fascinating. (Lavender Honey; the Lattice Sampler and Mission Rose are some of my favourites). I look forward to your email in my inbox each day and so often feel inspired by your blog. Thank you for sharing your embroidery journey with us. πŸ™‚

  45. Hi Mary,

    I mostly lurk around your site, which I came across whilst researching some embroidery techniques around the time the Mission Rose project began. I have been hooked and become a regular reader of your blog thanks to becoming intrigued with this project. I had noted some comments on one of your other post topics expressing sentiments similar to those you relay above. I was sorry to see them on the blog, but more sorry to hear that a more private communication occurred.

    I can’t say that I am sorry for the variety that resulted, as I have enjoyed the material you have discussed; however, I am glad that you have come back to update us on the Mission Rose and on your reasons for stepping away from blogging about it. I appreciate both your candour and your discretion and think you have handled it marvellously. I look forward to continuing to read about your projects, thoughts and embroidery journeys – however and whenever you choose to offer them to us :-).

  46. Although the Mission Rose is not my favorite of all of your projects but I think it is nice enough and it differs from your other projects. Thus I say, keep the posts coming! I have been following your blog for quite a while now and I love that you usually have a focus on one project, with some random other things sprinkled in between.
    In each blog one follows for a while there will be the one or other topic/project/idea that that annoys you but, unless you are a masochist and have a tendency to follow blogs you should really stay away from, the larger part is about things you love (to read about).
    So, please do continue to tell us about the Mission Rose! If you don’t it would feel a little bit like watching a TV series and missing the season’s final. You just cannot do this to us!

  47. I check your blog daily to see if there is an update on the Mission Rose project – I love it. Thank you for all your wonderful advice, expertise and sharing – I, for one, have learnt so much from you.

  48. Hey Mary:

    What the hell happened to the saying….”If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything” and that’s all i’m going to say as anything else said about those “two” would be in direct opposition to what i just quoted…lol.

    i also like hearing about the Mission Rose. it’s a really pretty piece and may find it’s way into something of mine in the future, so write away!!!

  49. HI Mary,
    Please do not take to heart the opinion of two people compared to the many many folks who are very interested and enjoying your goldwork.

  50. I love your work and find you so inspirational. Keep up the good work and know that you have so many fans out there who do want to hear every single lesson on Mission Rose or any other project that you endeavor. You are such a good teacher and I have learned so much from you. Thank you for all that you do!

  51. The wonderful thing about the online world is that everyone can express their own opinions – good or bad. Whether certain opinions are worth listening too, however, is another matter entirely πŸ˜‰ I think it’s obvious from the positive e-mails you received and all these wonderful comments that the vast majority of your readers support what you do!

    I just wanted to add my voice to the most decidedly “Not Bored” chorus, and tell you that the Vermicelli – a technique I had never seen until your projects and that intrigues me greatly!!! – is actually my favourite part of your lovely rose πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see more!

  52. You’re right, they were very rude. I have enjoyed every update on the Mission Rose and I don’t think you should let two rude people decide for the rest of us. Keep ’em coming.

  53. Wait…you mean to tell me that not one but TWO people wrote to you to complain about what you put on your OWN WEBSITE? What?

    Ummm…not to put too fine a point on it (a needlework joke, hahahaha), I say screw ’em. I think most of us love the detailed analyses you do, whether of your own work as you go or disassembling someone else’s. Please keep it up.

  54. Dear Mary,

    I am appalled at the rude comments you received. First of all, if people go to your site–as when they go to any other site, or open a book, or enter a store, or attend a play, or whatever–they will see what YOU put there. If they don’t like it, they can move on to somewhere else–or close the book, or leave the store, or leave the theater, or whatever.

    It is your site, which they are quite free not to enter. You share your knowledge so generously and for FREE, so you are the last person who should be so rudely treated on all the Internet.

    I am one of those who is not only awed by the beautiful things you show and teach us, but by your generosity. Even when you show a technique I will probably never try, I like to read about it and learn. It’s a way of enriching my knowledge of needlework and other subject you cover and bringing beauty into my evertdat world.

    Thank you for all you do. Keep doing it. You are needed.

    Doris H

  55. Ugh. Stuff like that really bugs me. It is so easy to not read something you’re not interested in. I do it everyday. Give-a-ways aren’t my thing. If ‘give-a-way’ in the title, I just don’t stop by. No skin off anyone’s back. It is your site, you write exactly what you want to write, when you want to write it (even if it is all give-a-ways all the time!).

  56. Sounds like these people think your blog is for their entertainment, and they get mad when it’s not entertaining enough!
    I love your site and I am so glad to see you branching out into sales of your own designs.
    I admit I haven’t been keen on the Mission Rose, so I skim the article and admire the photos. But boring…never!

  57. I am certianly NOT bored with your Mission Rose project! I am learning from EACH of your posts. especially from the Mission Rose project.

  58. Hmmm…it’s your project. It’s your blog. As far as I’m concerned, if you decided to start writing about…car repair for example, that’s your option. And it would be my option to stop reading.

    I’ll be just as blunt as those 2 emails – they have *NO* business writing as if they were speaking for “everyone” and “all of us”. *I’M* certainly not bored with Mission Rose!!! HARUMMPH! As I read various blogs, if was the day’s subject doesn’t interest me, I move on to another blog. (Mary – you may edit this out if you want, I’m a bit short tempered about a few things the last couple of days)

    I assumed you stopped showing Mission Rose because you had other irons in the fire. Perhaps other projects on the frames would be a better term for your blog! The Rose is looking lovely – I find it interesting how just that little bit of vermicelli work dulls down the blue.

    OK, now that I’ve gotten that off my mind, I’ll read other’s comments.

  59. Mary, Please don’t EVER stop your wonderful mix of embroidery techniques and blog topics. I love to see an individual stitch review – I love to see small projects on the go and finished – I love to see the anguish of trying to organize your stitching room/threads/projects because you share all of your tips with us – – – but most of all I LOVE it when you embark on what I regard as a large, detailed, complicated project that is a great technical challenge – and takes a long time to do. The planning, progress, problem solving – frustration when something does not go according to plan or does not achieve the look that you need – is a fantastic step by step tutorial series that encourages us all, occasionally, to step out of our comfort zone and take on a challenging project.

    Congratulations on progress thus far – I think it looks gorgeous!!

  60. The Mission Rose Project is far from boring and I enjoy watching your stitches and relate your thoughts to mine about the process. But if it did bore me, I would go on to the next subject of my choosing.
    I find the comments made were rude, crude, and unaccounted for – how arrogant can you get?
    Mary you are one of my “Great Mentors in life and I thank you for all the time and energy you spent teaching everyone.
    OwlBe reading you in all the familiar places….:)

  61. Hello, Mary,

    as I have been a reader of your website articles for some years now, I will have my say on this subject:

    Although the Mission Rose isn’t the kind of embroidery I would ever do, I enjoy your updates on it because, for one thing, I like the photos and your writing style, and secondly I enormously admire your meticulous embroidery work.

    As your website has so much to offer apart from the Mission Rose, I don’t understand what the grumbling is about. So, I agree, if someone is bored with the Mission Rose or any other subject – why not just skip it, and done with it. It is your choice what you want to show on your website, and it is our choice what we want to give our attention to. No need to be impolite about it.

    Many thanks and best wishes,

  62. I totally agree with what everyone else has been saying and would like to add how much I appreciate all the hours of work you put in to design, stitch, take photos along the way and explain the process in great detail. There is always something to learn from your blog whether you are interested in the project being shown or not. I send all of my beginner embroidery students to your website to view your stitch videos. I particularly appreciate how many, and the quality of the photos you take of each step of a stitch. Some other blogs only put a few in and some miss out an important change of needle direction for example. With your photos you get specific instructions – a fabulous resource and one which I, and clearly a lot of other people, enjoy immensely and refer to again and again. The readers of your blog are blessed to have someone with your experience willing to share your knowledge so generously!!

  63. Mary,
    Re: Mission Rose
    It is beautiful and how anyone could be sick of it or find it boring is way beyond me. You are so talented and so generous to share with us. I so enjoy seeing all your work. My skills and talents do not allow me to do such beautiful work but I do what I can and enjoy every minute of it. Thanks for everything you do and a great big thanks for sharing.

  64. Hi Mary,

    Just had to write and let you know I love the Mission Rose Project! Although I am no where near ready to do a project like this I still learn so much from your online instructions. Please do not stop!!! I have been practicing the leaf stitch pieces and am looking forward to the new shaded leaf you talked about.

    Barbara La Belle

  65. People are so rude. I love reading about your projects, and what is embroidery if it’s not a sucession of small details, intricate questions about thread and stitch. How can it be boring? Seriously, if you would film yourself stitching the mission rose, and put that on youtube, I would watch it. So there. NOT boring. Whoever wrote to you is ruderuderuderude. Impoli!

  66. I was glad to finally see your Mission Rose project again. I think it is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. And I do not find it boring. I love seeing your projects from start to finish and reading all your wonderful comments and explanations about the different stitches and threads etc. It is why I follow your blog.

  67. I’m a little offended that someone would assume we are all bored or sick of Mission Rose and then send you a message saying so. I am not bored or sick of it! I love watching your progress and instruction along the way.

  68. I think it’s such a shame that some people have to focus on the negative…I’m sure I’m not alone in mentioning that I was brought up on the old adage ‘if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’!

    To all Mary’s readers, I say read ALL her posts, even if you think something may not be your ‘cup of tea’ because you’ll always learn something from them!

    My poor husband rolls his eyes at me when I say to him (almost daily), “look what I learned today!”

    Keep it up, Mary…your skills with a needle seriously blow my mind!

  69. I can’t believe you get nasty emails like those you mentioned. Well, yes, I guess I can believe it. I go with the old idea of “if you can’t say something nice, keep quiet”. It has served me well over the years.

    I think your blog is fascinating, I learn a lot from it, and if I don’t like something on any blog or if I find it boring, I just skip it! Keep up the good work, you’re doing a great job and are a Needlework Public Service.

  70. I am not in the slightest bored by Mission Rose or any other projects that you have done. While some may not be of immediate interest to me as the roses are, each is interesting and informative in its own way. This is your blog. It is about your journey in needlework. It is kind of you to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Your blog has a wide range of topics – some familiar, some new and intriguing. I am always learning something new or seeing things from a new perspective through your eyes. My thanks for all of the time and effort that you put into Needle’n Thread. Thank you for sharing.

  71. OMGosh! Really? Someone is rude enough to speak for everyone that reads your blog? Do they not know how to use their delete button? It is your blog and your right to be able to discuss anything you want. It is their right not to read it. It is true that you just can’t make some people happy and it makes you unhappy to even try. I love your blog. Keep up the good work!

  72. I just have to add, I don’t understand people who think the world should be run just for them! Talk about self-centered!!

  73. Even if I were bored to tears with the Mission Rose project, it would never even occur to me to tell you not to write about YOUR project on YOUR blog. I’m absolutely amazed that you receive these kinds of emails.

    I’m not bored with it, for the record! I am waiting to see how the blue looks once the gold borders are completed. I’m also keen to see the Hungarian runner again!

  74. We are bored of it? Hmmm, not so sure about that on. I know that I look forward to seeing the posts and got excited when I saw Mission Rose Update in the subject. I was stunned when you said that people don’t like it. I look forward to the progress posts. The way you write and the photos you take make the progress almost as exciting as if I was doing it myself. Reading how you approch the differnt challenges have helped me to figure out how to approch challenges myself.

    Thank you for posting about your work and for sharing this with us!

  75. Mary,

    Don’t stop doing what you do so well! It’s your blog and I LOVE it! I have your site open almost all the time and enjoy reading your every word. Why, your many projects inspired me to start up with embroidery again!

  76. I know that I’ve already written a comment, but I strongly feel that anyone saying they are bored over the very trivia we all look for – these people must be imposters because “real” needlework artists never get bored with details or repetition when it comes to learning, watching and doing. It is a part of our world.

    1. Dear Mary, I hope you were not offended by whomever said “we are bored” with the Mission Rose project. First of all, I don’t think anyone should presume to speak for anyone else without permission (especially me ; ), and secondly she was obviously mistaken. I never tire of hearing you explain how you work your magic with needle and thread, no matter which project you chose to share or how long it takes to do it. These details are what I love! Each project is more beautiful than the one before, and I always learn something new from each and every one. Thank you so very much for what you share, it is greatly appreciated.

  77. I love to see your progress and look forward to learning something each time. I am sorry some
    do not share the same excitement. Your website has been very insightful for me as to products and techniques I might otherwise have missed out on! Thank you so much for providing all you do. Have a blessed day!

  78. Hi Mary,

    I’ve been an avid follower of the Mission Rose project and love your website in general.
    May I suggest to those ‘haters’ that there is always the little ‘unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of the page πŸ˜‰

  79. Hi Mary,

    You have a tremendous creative talent. You inspire me. Please continue with your updates on the Mission Rose project. I look forward everyday with wonder about your next article or stitching project. I am always delighted with the variety of subjects that you write about. Please continue to inspire us exactly as you have done for many years.

    I appreciate all the hours of work you put in to designing, taking photos and explaining the process in great detail. There is always something to learn from you. I have learnt an enormous amount about all kinds of needlework. I have tried several new techniques, for me that is! I am excited to tell you I am about to start my first small piece of gold and silk thread embroidery. I don’t think I would have ever tried if it wasn’t for watching and reading your beautiful projects. Please don’t ever stop, you are a treasure.

    Best wishes,

  80. Dear Mary: I have been watching for an update on the Mission Rose project. I love seeing how it grows and changes with the variety of threads and your skills. I think I can speak for all of us who enjoy your projects, we are bowled over by your talents in embroidery and your photography. You put so much work into your presentations and I look forward to seeing your posts every week day morning. I have downloaded the Lattice Sampler Project and it is so easy to follow with every step and stitch fully explained. The two negative posts you received should be simply ignored. We’ve got your back Mary! Yours is the best embroidery site and blog I have ever seen.

  81. Strange how most of us have more important things to worry about in their lives than what appears in blogs, even if we read them regularly. Sad that there are people who need so much control over their lives (and the lives of everyone else) that they feel the need to tell everyone else what they want to see, when and where.

    Does the Rose bore me? Not really, and I do not even do goldwork, you do manage to keep it moving. Things might be different if you did one post about one square centimeter of vermicelli, and the next post about the next square centimeter, and how the loops and cul-de-sacs are different from the others. I might get a skoosh bored after a week or so of THAT, (so would you no doubt) but long term projects, and the posts associated with them do not bother me.

  82. Hi Mary, I am relatively new to your site but I would just like to let you know how much I love it and how eagerly I look forward to receiving your daily emails and updates. Before finding your site I had a fairly limited view of embroidery and was happy staying in the safety and comfort of my tried and true cross stitch (after all, I have a lifetime of cross stitch must dos on my list). Now, thanks to your interesting and informative articles, I have tried so many new and beautiful embroidery techniques and the list of things to try just keeps growing. (The downside of this is that I think I’ll need at least a dozen lifetimes to make a dent in my to do list!) Your Mission Rose project, for example, opened my eyes to the use of goldwork – it is stunning. While I may not necessarily embark on a project like your Mission Rose, the techniques you have demonstrated have not only inspired me to have a go but also given me the confidence to try. Thank you so much for your wonderful site and articles and the time and effort you dedicate to the online embroidery community. Oh… and as for the Mission Rose project – I can’t wait for the next instalment to see what else I need to add to my to do list.

  83. Dear Mary,
    I find EVERYTHING you do incredibly inspirational. The breadth of projects and attention to detail and needlework are excellent. There is something to learn in every post!
    I really like the vermicelli gold work on blue in this project and can hardly wait to see what you do next! I don’t usually comment because I’m learning and don’t want to clutter up the page and waste your precious time when I don’t have anything to add to what is already said, but I look forward to every instalment.
    Mary please keep doing what you are doing. I love hearing what you are up to each day! Your generous sharing has got me excited about hand embroidery after many years of thinking that I will never get time or never have the skills. In this country, Australia, we would have you as a national treasure!! I hope you can make it here sometime!

  84. I am definitely NOT bored by the Mission Rose project. I have the opposite feeling – excited when I see it’s title in the headline. It’s like my favorite TV drama: I can’t wait for the next “episode” and I wonder what’s going to happen next!

    It’s well done in all ways for me, from the project itself, your choices and the perfectly thorough, thoughtful and detailed way that you present the work. Your commentary is funny and very helpful.

    I feel sorry for those that think they might feel better by being rude to you. Let me offer my gratitude on their behalf. You are doing awesome and I am so happy for your website, all the plethora of tutorials and free designs, and especially your wonderful Mission Rose.

  85. I think I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now, Mary. I’ve learned so much! Threads, fabrics, stitches, goldwork, tools-gosh! I may never attempt a project like the Mission Rose (but, ya nevah know!). I so enjoy learning all you have to teach and feel a part of a privileged society of stitchers. Those who’re not interested can refrain from viewing-it’s that simple. Rude comments weren’t necessary. And, as you stated, it’s YOUR blog. You do as you like! We’re just glad to be here.

  86. Okay, so that’s just appalling. How rude! They didn’t sign their names, I’m sure. Comment sections seem to bring out the worst in people. I know two people who are perfectly lovely in person but online they are total jerks.

    Did you hear that Popular Science shut down comments on their website because people can’t behave?

    I think the Mission Rose is amazing and I want to know everything.

  87. I know a lot of folks have reassured you about the MR project, but I just have to let you know that one more person was appalled at those rude comments. I’ve had just a very few on my blog, and I always think it’s so amazing that complete strangers would do that. Don’t listen to them!

  88. Two people can not and SHOULD not try to speak for “everyone”! You go girl! As you point out it’s your blog, do what makes you happy. The rest of us will come along for the ride. πŸ™‚


    1. Unless two people IS everyone.. πŸ™‚ In this case (so far) it is about one hundred yays to two nays, that is definitely a majority vote.

  89. Mary:I am most definitely not bored of the Mission Rose project! Just this week I finally received my package of Soie de Paris threads so that I could begin my own version of this project. I have wanted to try filament silks for a long time, but was reluctant to attempt them, as I thought they would be too difficult for me to master. To my surprise and joy , I have found they are no worse to work with than Rajmahal art silks! ?…at least, so far! So, please dont give up on this project…I have only just begun! Thank you for a lovely project!

  90. Dear Mary, I totally agree with Sherry. Don’t be concerned about two artless comments. And by the way, I really admired the way you took up readers’ suggestions to try the vermicelli gold work on the blue. Can’t wait for the next Mission Rose installment!

  91. I would just like to add my voice to those that have already commented.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey of ‘The Mission Rose’ and have learnt a lot in the process and will continue to do so.

    I am looking forward to Monday as I have already used the two of the leaf stitches to great effect (they came at just the right time when I was putting leaves on a Round Robin Crazy Quilt Block and I was stuck for a stitch for the leaves – talk about serendipity!). Many, many thanks

    With many good wishes, Juno

  92. Well, I hardly need to add my voice to the other supportive comments, but I have enjoyed the Mission Rose posts so far – even though it’s not a design that appeals to me, and I have no wish to do goldwork myself. Why? Because it’s full of thinking out loud, and trying things out, explaining and experimenting and is written with your usual wit and verve.

    Of the huge range of types of articles you post, I enjoy your forensic work on old embroidery, your heads-up on books, materials, tools, exhibitions and other goings on, your how-tos on stitches and techniques, your… In short, I like the variety, and I don’t mind if a run of days is on one topic in depth or spread over a bunch of ’em.

    Talking of projects, I’m looking forward to revisiting the red runner again, when you’ve made more progress. One thing about writing a blog like this – you can’t just stuff the ufos into the back of a cupboard and quietly forget about them for years. We won’t let you!

    Ignore the trolls – keep up the good work,


  93. I enjoy reading about projects like Mission Rose not because I plan to stitch it but for your thought process as you work thru the design choices. Why you choose a specific design, fabric, threads, stitches are important to me as well as those you try and discard. I stitch other people’s designs but often change colors, threads, and sometimes stitches. Understanding the why as you work thru a project like Mission Rose is invaluable as I look at a project I am working on. Keep up the good work and do not be distracted by the rudeness of a few.

  94. Oh, for heaven’s sake! Whatever happened to the phrase, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”?
    I eagerly await each and every post. You are a one-woman teacher, encyclopedia, photographer, library, and museum from whom I want to hear, see, and read every day. The graciousness with which you share your knowledge and enjoyment of the craft restores my faith in humanity daily. I am most grateful for the richness you, Mary Corbet, bring to my life. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

  95. Don’t stop writing about your projects. There’s always something to learn. You aren’t forcing anyone to read it.

    By the way, I love the Lavender Honey ebook!

  96. Many of us had mothers or grandmothers who taught us that “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”.
    To those who were not taught this-Let me be a substitute for your mother or grandmother and tell you that constructive criticism can be said in a nice way, but be sure it’s consteuctive before you open your mouth.
    Try to be a little more grateful for what you are receiving for absolutely no cost to you.

  97. I really enjoy it when you post about long term projects. I like to understand the steps involved and the decisions you make about the threads and stitches you use. I am particularly enjoying the posts about the Mission Rose project and gold work. I also loved the Marian Project which took a long time. I like to take things one step at a time when I work and sometimes when I enjoy a project, I like to take my time and savor each step. Whether I ever make a similar project or not, I like learning new things.
    Perhaps some of your readers need to be educated about the used of the delete button. Maybe they meant to say thank you and just couldn’t find the right words.

  98. Hi Mary! Adding to the chorus here, I LOVE this project! I have been wondering why you hadn`t posted about it. I admit I don`t read every post you put up, some subjects don`t ‘grab’ me, but I just wait for the next post. It`s your blog, you post what you like and ignore rude comments! As my nan used to say, the nerve of some peoples children…

  99. I totally agree with you, Mary: If a project doesn’t appeal to – just scroll quickly through the post and move on to the next one. If a whole blog’s style no longer appeals, just unsub. As you said, it’s really that simple!

    I do a lot of post skipping on many blogs and a lot more just looking at the photos. Wouldn’t dream of telling the blogger to adapt their content to my tastes and that my tastes were representative of everyone’s. Pah!

    The lack of manners displayed by this pair leaves me breathless! I was once told by someone that, if I wanted to blog about art, then I should start a separate blog as *she* was only interested in my needlework. OK, I *did* start a new one some time later on, but because *I* wanted to! The cheek of those who think they have a right to tell bloggers what to write about, unless said blogger has done a reader survey – that’s a different matter, but even then, there are ways of doing it and ways that should be avoided.

    I hope the two concerned feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves having seen their disgraceful rudeness publicly exposed. They’re just lucky no names were mentioned!

  100. Dear Mary,
    It was very rude and presumptuous of these two people to assume that “everyone” was bored. I also always looked forward to your posts on this project. I count it as my privilege, that, with no effort on my part and no costs, that I can view your wonderful work in my own home. I am inspired by all your projects and think you are a wonderful artisan, as well as very generous to share your talent with us.
    That said, I agree that some time off a project can give one renewed appreciation for it. You are such a positive writer and an example for us all on how not to take offense at the ignorance of others. Keep up the brilliant work!

  101. I follow a wide variety of blogs- everything from chicken care to make up to costuming to needlework. Some days I am more into one topic over another, in which case I simply focus on the topics that call me that day. I cannot say that any project of yours has bored me. Your detailed posts actually encourage me to try something new myself. You are doing us a favor by sharing your expertise and patience with us, so please don’t let two Crabby Pants people discourage you.

  102. Please keep writing about Mission Rose – I am inspired by it, and it seems many others are to. Its a piece I would aspire to make

  103. I am so sorry people were so blunt (read rude) in their comments to you. You made an excellent and mature comment when you wrote if the title of the day’s blog doesn’t interest you, just skip it. How logical is that?

    I tend to pick and choose as well. I’ll scan book reviews but eat up every word on days when you talk about actual projects or stitching. I adore your work.

    I’m sending you a hug. ((( you )))

    1. M, isn’t it a shame that there are so many rude and impolite people pushing keyboard buttons. Mind them not, dear, as they must have failed whatever course on humanity they attended.

  104. This project certainly does not bore me! I’ve enjoyed seeing your posts about each step, and look forward to those yet to come.

    I’m sorry that people posted rude comments. If those individuals don’t want to read about a particular project, no one is forcing them to look! Silly people! close the page and look at something else! Don’t be rude!

  105. Normally I do not write comments. I am sure you get thousands.
    I love to read you stories. Your work brings many smiles to my face. I do not sew due to difficulty in my wrist, and I live my passion thru your sewing blog. Your sharing brings me much joy.

    This is your blog. You have the right to write whatever you want.

    This particular article saddened my heart
    I apologize for the person who was rude to you.

    Please accept Hugs from me.
    Kathy in Nelson Bay Australia

  106. The Mission Rose project is fascinating. With so many techniques involved, it has been a pleasure to follow. I especially appreciate the musings about how choices and decisions are made, weighing the various options and their benefits. This is basic to creativity. In addition, we may take courage in seeing how long an ambitious project can take and how gorgeous the result can be. Furthermore, the whole process is indexed so that we may review. Many thanks!
    (No need to reply.)

  107. Yechhh…trolls and spam – the bane of life on the net! Are you quite sure it was two separate people? My first thought was for you to check the true id location of the sender, if possible. As to what was said, how rude and ridiculous – if they don’t like it, why even bother responding. Hmmmm, perhaps someone has an agenda. Your site is wonderfully popular – and for good reason, too -it’s great.
    Now, I have not always been ‘on board’ with the Mission Rose. Granted, the stitching is top notch of course, but the design has puzzled me at times. One thing though, it has never been ‘boring’ – mostly because I can’t quite say why it does not thrill me like the Marian Medallion or the Tudor Rose. Nope, not boring at all – if anything, I find it intriguing and I’m always glad to see a post to see just where you’re going with this one. By the way, I really like how the vermicelli softens down the blue. Keep us up to date! And as for the nay-sayers – your own advice is the best yet – skip them!

  108. G’day Mary,
    The worm turns & the Rose returns. Bloomin’ good!
    I tried unsuccessfully to find a quote for you that I had pinned, but I was reminded of this one again…”Some people feel the rain, others just get wet”. Thank you for helping me feel the rain, dance in it, and even feel sorry for those who just get wet.
    Cheers, Kath

  109. I love the MR project, as I love all your projects. Do, please continue, but also continue with your variety of interesting posts.
    Indeed, those not interested can skip what they don’t like. Likewise, you can press Delete on the rude comments that don’t belong in the friendly community dialog here, just as you would frown at an inappropriate tone from a student.

  110. My blood is boiling. At the end of the day it is your project and it is your website; if the nay-sayers don’t like it, let them go elsewhere. How they can find such exquisite work boring or be sick of it is beyond my meagre comprehension. On the other hand, perhaps it is their comprehension that is meagre, in that they do not understand exactly what goes into a piece like this, in terms of creative mental activity and the physical dexterity required.

    Apologies for sounding off like this, but I really find this attitude baffling. Keep up the posts re the Mission Rose and anything else. I, along with a whole lot more than 2 others, love it all. Obviously, from the comments.

  111. I have learnt so much through your wonderful posts. So many tips and hints. The photos add so much to your great descriptions. Even if I never embroider the full Mission Rose, there is so much to learn from the different sections you have shared with us.
    You have such an easy-to-read style, it’s like having you here in person.
    Thank you for all you do for us.

  112. Love this project! It looks like you are doing the vermicelli freehand with no pattern lines. I am wondering what inspired you to make these particular turns and twists with this technique? It reminds me of some designs I’ve seen in illuminated manuscripts.

    1. Hi, Sharon – you’re right, it is just free hand – the trick is to look ahead the whole time, to make sure you don’t back yourself into a corner, and even if you do, you can always end the thread near the edge and start up again. The other aspect is trying to keep the threads equal distance from each other as they turn and twist around each other. This part is somewhat tricky – if you look closely, I have some occasional spots where I’m too close to the other thread line, but it was the only way I could get out of the turn! It’s a fun technique, and rather relaxing. ~MC

  113. Dear Mary, Thank God you decided to write about the mission rose project anyway! I read your blog like a student. Even if I may not like a particular project there’s loads to learn from each update / project on your blog (As of now, I think I’ll never do gold work, but I’ve read all your tudor rose / mission rose project updates). In fact the way you repeat or cross reference on your blog helps to refresh my memory and dive back into the treasure of information on your blog! I think most of your readers are serious fans of yours! So please don’t change!

  114. Mary, I guess I live in constant amazement at how rude some folks can be. As you so rightly observe, “after all, it’s my embroidery… and (not to put too fine a point on it)… it’s also my website.” Yes!

    Good heavens, what is wrong with skipping an article if it does not interest you, instead of complaining about it? Oh well, I hope you will continue to do exactly what you want to do. There is so much wonderful information on your site, one could live to be 100 and still not grasp it all πŸ™‚

    Have a lovely day!


  115. Mary-
    I just read your posting from the 27th, and I cannot believe the audacity of some people. How rude to be told not to write about something because it’s boring! I personally love ALL of your articles. Some I skim; some I devour. But isn’t that the beauty of living in this great FREE country of ours!? I’m glad you stuck up for yourself, because, after all–you are so right. It is YOUR blog. YOU are the one putting in all of the time and effort so it is actually something a person can utilize. To whom ever: didn’t your mother teach you to say nothing if you haven’t anything nice to say?? Well, now you know.
    Keep up the good work Mary.

  116. Dear Mary,
    I was truly shocked to read about the two unkind comments regarding the mission rose project. I wonder if those individuals are able to visualise or understand the work that has to go into producing your most excellent website and daily blog and the generosity you show to people you have never met in terms of your time and the thought and care you put into sharing your expertise and experience with us. I would like to say thank you!

  117. How can people be so rude ! I love to see what you are doing …. and such precious treasures take time and care to do .
    Bless you ! You are so talented and generous with everything you share .

  118. Mary, I just wanted to apologise for my tantrum yesterday and to say how greatly I appreciate your wisdom and expertise, and value the time and effort you put into this website for the benefit of us lesser mortals. I too read it every day, re-read some days, comment rather too often but always always find something wonderful to ooh and aah at.

    Thank you.

  119. It is interesting that you got blunt feedback on your Mission Rose posts, I enjoy seeing the updates and if I wasn’t interested I would just ignore that post.
    Its fun to see an embroidery come to life!

  120. I’m a few days late reading this but just had to leave you a note, none the less. And please don’t take time away from stitching or writing–or anything else, actually–to respond!

    I am NOT bored with your Mission Rose, and NOT sick of reading updates. I think it’s lovely and inspiring, and I enjoy every one of your posts showing your progress.

    I myself am disappointed when I encounter a fellow stitcher who’s rude and hurtful. It happens so rarely I’ve developed the notion that we’re an especially blessed group, good-natured and content because we’ve found the Secrets of the Needle. πŸ˜€ I hope by the time you read this whatever distress those rag-mannered individuals may have caused you has been thoroughly scoured away by good wishes from all the rest of us.

  121. Thanks for sharing the latest pictures of Mission Rose with us – I’ve been checking our your website first thing every morning (before I even start to do any work) waiting to see how the goldwork is progressing. And I’m very glad you are going to continue to keep us updated – the more frequent the better from my point of view. As you say, those who find it boring should just stop looking. I can’t wait to see the frames take shape – I may even be inspired to buy some gold threads and begin my own small project. Many thanks for your inspiring website. Keep up the good work.

  122. Mary, So sorry people behave the way they do sometimes. I am waiting for my hectic job to slow down and get back to my needlework. I miss it terribly. In the meantime, your newsletters, tutorials, etc. are a refreshing reprieve at the end of my day. Always remember, people who are “bored” are most likely bores also. Shame on them for their behavior to you. If I don’t care for a site, I just don’t use it anymore.

    Please keep going and follow your heart.
    Thanks. Susan E.

  123. REALLY?! How RUDE! And presumptuous.
    I don’t feel that way at ALL about your site. Even when you are ‘re-covering’ a technique, it is with a fresh view and more detailed information. I have learned more from your website about hand embroidery than ANY other source because of the fine details and up-close pictures. When I am starting a new project, I use your site as a resource to make choices on stitches, fabric,thread and, at times, design. Thank You for making all of this information available to all of us in one place. It is invaluable….
    SandiR., Happy Stitcher in FL

  124. Dear Mary –

    I am aghast to think that not only one, but two people had negative things to say – shame, shame, shame on them. It’s your blog, your website. I feel badly that they must have hurt your feelings. Please know that so many of us appreciate your posts – they are brights spots in our days.

    Sending you a hug,
    Tomi Jane in MN

  125. This is far from boring!! It’s the most interesting, fun, project I have followed for a long time! I love every detail of it. And I learn a lot!! And I so much want to try to make it. It is nearly like reading a novel – I have to read everything – and on the same time it’s so exciting I cannot wait to go to the next chapter and look into what might be there! So thank you for being so thorough.
    Tone K

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