Stitching and a Second of Eternity

Do you know the tale of the Shepherd Boy by the Brothers Grimm? It’s what parents in Germany tell their kids when asked the impossible to answer question about the immenseness of time:

A king asked a very smart shepherd boy, how many seconds there were in eternity. The boy thought for a minute and said: “In the hinterlands of Pommerania, there’s a mountain made from the hardest diamond.  It’s one hour deep into the earth, one hour up toward the sky, one hour long and one hour wide.  To this mountain comes a little bird, once every hundred years, to sharpen its beak.  And when this bird has worn away the whole mountain, the first second of eternity has passed.”

This tale from 1819 has always been one of my favorites. Every time I start to sew I feel like that little bird.

I’m using quilting thread and filling my doodle piece with stitches takes forever. I started this piece, because my repertoire of stitches is fairly limited. Judith Baker Montano’s “Elegant Stitches” is perfect for helping me learn something new!
The book teaches all the stitches one can possibly imagine,…
…how to combine them:

and how to make flowers and trees:
It’s a great book to broaden one’s ‘stitch vocabulary’.

For your own practice:
Elegant Stitches (with preview)
by Judith Baker Montano

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  1. Katie says:

    I’ve never come across that story. It’s–well, actually, I don’t know what adjective to throw in here, but it’s really good. But then, the Grimm brothers collected stories that are, at the least, unforgettable.

  2. Ooooh!! I’ll have to check out that stitch book!!

  3. cucicucicoo says:

    what a lovely tale, i’d never heard it. and i love your stitching! definitely worth the eternity! :) lisa

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