Saturday, October 26, 2013

Art meets culture and international travel

Today's art adventure and planning, complete with international friendship and art, executed and planned, is here:

The chalk drawing might be a future beaded design.  Just sayin'. Good sign that I'm reviving in energy to the point of being able to plan art.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Needlework for the Feeble

I've been struggling with fatigue and what seems to be a combination of bronchitis, bubonic plague and a touch of footrot.  I am Not Well.  I'm making soup, coughing, forcing fluids, sleeping, coughing, doing very simple stitching, not too demanding for my tired brain, canceling events I was supposed to attend, over the next few days, coughing, sneezing and reading the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, obligingly offered via my Kindle, no traveling required.  

I'm getting a bit tired of this, not used to being unable to do everything I have in mind without collapsing the whole time.  My voice is shot, too, but the cats don't mind.   I wonder if this sort of collapse is Nature's way of telling me I'm doing too much.  One of my friends made this point last week and I said airily, oh no.  Ha. I think I might have to rethink my speed and number of  operations.

Okay, end of organ recital, but here's the nice little piece I made, pattern from one of the mags I was given.  This is worked in no 3 perle, on black aida.  Supposed to be done in cross stitch, but I found I liked it like this, no need to cross all the ts.

It's an ornament, not my usual  thing, but why not have a little detour now and then from the serious stuff.  Finishing it will take its turn with the various other stitched items I have to frame, stretch, and generally fiddle with.  But not today. Off to lie down now. Dangit.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Stitching days

Yesterday was the monthly general meeting of the embroiderers' guild, and to see the adventures, go here: 

That butterfly project, here's my WIP on that subject.  

As you probably guessed, goldwork got into it.  And There Will Be Beading.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Red Flower Finished.

I learned a lot in the course of this piece, which I can apply to future work.  Which I now have to decide many choices, so little time.  

The thing I like about this one is the shaggy, wild sort of effect.  I didn't want a solid block of stitching, because it seems to me that movement is important in this sort of otherwise-traditional concept, and I wanted the effect of a wild flower flying about in the wind, your wilder rose as opposed to the tame garden one.


Well that was the idea, anyway.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Intersection of Freecycling and Art Opportunities

For a lovely freecycle that happened this morning, and what will happen next, go here: 

My stitched red flower is waiting impatiently to get her stem and leaves -- and I just got a couple of great ideas for them -- while I play with these new toys!