Raised embroidery, or stumpwork as it was named in the 1800's was the ultimate example of a lady's talent. I am more of a dabbler. I have studied a few basic stitches and played with them. I have never attempted anything too complicated or time consuming.

When I discovered stumpwork, I knew I had to give it a try. I read about and watched demonstrations of various techniques before starting this pattern freehand. It isn't perfect and it would be a poor testament to my talent and prowess as a woman. I do however find it charming.

The question now begs, what do I do with it.
 
 
For my first attempt at brewing I purchased a kit from The Brooklyn Brew Shop. They prepackage all grain kits for one gallon brewing. After starting my wine i wanted to try something that finishes earlier, but I wanted to stick with the same size equipment.

You can find the recipe in their Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Book, by Erica Shea, Jennifer Fiedler, and Stephen Valand. Or you can purchase  complete kit or ingredient kit at brooklynbrewshop.com

I tried to follow the instructions exactly. i did have trouble keeping the temp exact during the mash. I also realized that I did not have any brown sugar. I only had raw sugar. I looked up the conversion rate and the raw sugar converted to slightly under 1/3 cup.

I did take the gravity measurement before adding the yeast. It was 1.062, I am not sure if that is good for a stout. I need to get another book. I will find out in four weeks.
 
 
I racked the wine today and topped off the saurkraut that I started yesterday.
 
 
During a craft night I learned  how to make artisan bread. The recipe is from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking, by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.

It is as simple as taking a large bowl with a lid; mixing warm water, yeast, and kosher salt. Then mixing in the flour, resting for two hours, and refrigerating over night. The next day you take a portion, shape it, let it rise, and bake. Very little actual work but very tasty.