Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
So you're asking, What was the book? Right? It is Waverly Honor, A workbook of Embroidery Design by Martha Anne Hart & Hester Neblett. The dedicaton says, "This book is dedicated to the memory of Virgina Baskervill, who had the foresight to record these needlework designs for the pleasure of future generations..." The Publication Date is 1926, but of course mine is a reprint.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I just finished reading Pawley's Island, A Low Country Tale, by Dorothea Benton Frank. This is the fifth I've read - with the next being just as good at the last. I give five stars to all Ms. Frank's works. She grew up in the South Carolina Low Country, and her writing, to date, has been about the people and/or lifestyle there. She has a friendly humor that makes you feel as if you're reading a letter or chatting with a friend.
Preview Of Pawley's Island
People have secrets. Everyone does. And, at one point or another, many people say they would like to run away and start life over in a place where no one knows their business. I know that I have felt that way. More than once. And I am no stranger to disaster, and most certainly no one would ever call me a coward. Coward or not, sometimes you just want to slip away into the night.
Monday, February 19, 2007
I wonder how in the world we get things done; we the inquisitive. We have our bloglines set up so that we know when one of our links of interest is updated, but then there are days like today. SharonB suggested "A Few Links", and off I went to spend a few hours touring the sites.
There was Mary Corbet's site, Needle'n Thread where she was comparing silk threads - but what fascinated me there was the library of video tutorials for embroidery stitches. There are lots of other great resources here, too.
Next I traveled to the BibliOddesey site. There is a lot of intellectual data here, but I got lost clicking on different picture links and finding images galore. I suppose the visual stimulation was enough for my journey today.
So on we go. Traveling the web for inspiration, knowledge, entertainment... Enjoy!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Lesa posted a Philosophy/Justification for UFOs (Unfinished Objects) that I agree with, and it proved enlightening!
Many times I think and see comments on this topic: Why is most of my work done for gifts (that may or may not be appreciated) or on RRs (round robins). Not only UFOs, but most of the items we work on are for our stitching enjoyment = entertainment. If it isn't fun, why do it?
Justification for the topic may be, I spend so much time working on _____ that there's no time for MY project, or Using all that great stash on things for others. This could be why my stash grows so rapidly -- the part of the stash that I'm 'saving' for the special project never gets used? I tried to break out of this mold recently by sorting my 'special' fabrics among the rest by color. It has been quite enjoyable using these almost forgotten treasures - what's more special?!
Another Stitching Enlightenment is when it's a LOT more fun there comes a more inspired, creative result. OK, so I'm not an artist like many of the great stitchers we admire. Every piece they stitch truly looks like a work of art. It's not that I don't try my best on any piece, but there are projects that seem be quiet - they don't 'speak to me' demanding more. So what is it that makes some projects more fun than others?
Recently I've been working on two similar pieces. One is infinitely more fun and inspiring than the other. Why is that? There are no time constraints or requirements that make them different. My only observations are that I know one of the recipients better and the colors are more in my comfort zone. I'll post scanned -in progress- pictures of the two later.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I found this along the bloggers' path from Dakini Dreams. It's hard to think of two in some cases, and some could be limitless...
- Two names you go by: Charlene / Mom
- Two parts of your heritage: Irish / Native American
- Two things that scare you: Loss of Parents / Mice
- Two things that make you really happy: Visits with Son / Food
- Two everyday essentials: Caffeine / TV
- Two things you are wearing right now: Glasses / Pants
- Two of your favourite current bands/artists: Dixie Chicks / John Mayer
- Two things you want in a relationship (other than love): HONESTY / Compatibility
- Two truths: Independence is KEY / The older I get, the more like me I become!
- Two favorite hobbies: Crazy Quilting / Tatting
- Two things you have to do this week: Exercise / Stitch :-)
- Two stores you shop at: Hamrick's (clothing) / Bi-Lo (grocery)
- Two shows you like to watch: Please ... House / Studio 60
- Two things you'd buy if money were no object: Coastal home / Craft Shop
- Two wishes for 2007: Troops come home / Live, Love, Laugh
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Melissa of the Hand Embroidery group shared a link to a paisley heart motif that I wanted to try. The fabric is a sheer silk, and the stitching is done with hand-dyed silk and silk buttonhole. The design is approximately 3.5 x 4 inches.