2/14/12

Powerful Needle

My needle and floss have managed to accomplish what all the king's horses and all the king's men could not.

Humpty Dumpty is put back together again.  Isn't he looking positively roguish in his feathered cap?  When I started this, I thought I was just doing the feet and the cap, but then I ended up taking out the black thread around his eyes and his knees too. 

I'm starting to think I need to give ALL the blocks a good looking over.  Even when I think the thread is in good shape, I'm finding that a lot of it is frayed and broken.  It's only a matter of time before it pulls out, even if it appears to be intact now.  While I didn't set out to redo every block, I might as well while I have it apart.  I'm not committing to anything, you understand, except to look at it and then decide.  For now I have eight blocks set aside to repair.  Four of them are finished.

Yesterday I showed you Margery Daw.  Also finished are Hey Diddle Diddle, who only needed the black line under his feet redone.


Also, Barber Shave a Pig.  There was quite a bit to do on this one.



And by the way.  Were you familiar with Barber Shave a Pig?  I wasn't.  Here's how it goes:

BARBER
Barber, barber, shave a pig.
How many hairs will make a wig?
Four and twenty; that's enough.
Give the barber a pinch of snuff.
How did we ever live without Google?  And how did I ever live without knowing Barber, barber shave a pig?  My life has been richly enhanced today.  Thank you Google.

7 comments from clever and witty friends:

Sarah said...

I'm not sure that "Barber, barber, shave a pig" was part of my childhood MotherGoose tales but I could be wrong. It's definitly the time to give all the blocks a once over before you get them back together and wish you had gussied up a few more spots. Good luck and Happy V-Day!

Loretta said...

They are all very pretty...I don't think I've heard the Barber one. You are such a creative lady...Hope you have a delightful day! Hugs

Laura said...

I love your blocks and all the love and attention you are giving to them. I had never heard of Barber, Barber, Shave a Pig. Interesting.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

All of your stitchery blocks are wonderful! I didn't know about Barber Shave a Pig - thanks for sharing :)

Denise :) said...

Barbara, love, love these little blocks -- you're doing such a good job in whipping these into shape! Thanks for the education on the barber and the pig!! :)

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I love that dish and the cow jumping over the moon!

Kate said...

The blocks are looking great. All your work on these blocks has reminded me I have a couple of sets of blocks done when I was in junior high XX years ago that I maybe I should pull out and play with. See what havoc your rehab project is causing? I can feel a NewFO coming on.