Worth the effort

Mal | Band Sampler,Media,Sewing,Stitching,Works in Progress | Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

…all the short, and cheap, and easy ways of doing that whose difficulty is its honour — are just so many new obstacles in our already encumbered road. They will not make one of us happier or wiser — they will extend neither the pride of judgment nor the privilege of enjoyment. They will only make us shallower in our understandings, colder in our hearts, and feebler in our wits. And most justly. For we are not sent into this world to do anything into which we cannot put our hearts. We have certain work to do for our bread, and that is to be done strenuously; other work to do for our delight, and that is to be done heartily. neither is to be done by halves nor shifts, but with a will; and what is not worth this effort is not to be done at all.

—John Ruskin, The Seven Lamps of Architecture

Getting ready to start a band sampler

Made progress last night toward starting a band sampler: edged the 6″ strip of linen (backed with light cotton), sank a center line for anchoring, got a good night’s sleep.


  1. you’ve inspired me to do this. i’ve been thinking about this a lot. do you know kate davies over at needled? she’s a wonderful writer about this kind of stuff, though mainly a knitter, and better, a great scholar. i’m still sorting through some of the books she has recommended, including an art book on Quaker School Girl Samplers and the Odhams’ series of vintage “needlecraft” books, very interesting.

    Comment by purejuice — 25 March 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  2. http://www.amazon.com/Quaker-School-Girl-Samplers-Ackworth/dp/0955208610

    Comment by purejuice — 25 March 2009 @ 6:23 pm

  3. http://www.biblio.com/details.php?dcx=81487375&aid=frg

    Comment by purejuice — 25 March 2009 @ 6:26 pm

  4. @purejuice: Thank you so much for the resources and direction toward the blog! I’m going to put those books in my wishlist. THANK YOU!

    Comment by Mal — 26 March 2009 @ 3:38 pm

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