Monday, 16 January 2017

A Fortnight of Stone Pathways

I have been organizing myself
by filling a beautiful basket with squares torn from
linen, silk, damask, a pair of old baggy pants and more.

Another basket of potential pebbly fabric
mostly dyed with local vegetation.

And of course a small basket of threads.
When stitching a daily record of time
it is important to make things as easy as possible
So now I have everything at hand.

A fortnight done....well not quite....still working on them.
Haven't yet decided how to attach each week to the next.

A little bit of ruching on a speckled background.

Each pebble has it's own personality
It's own world in which to sit.

 I am thinking there would not be
too many straight lines surrounding the pebbles
in a Stone Pathway.

A speckled pebble hovering above stitched folds.

Sunday's rock sits plain and lonely
but not for long!

For now the used pebbles are lined up on a windowsill.
Perhaps I will create an installation in the garden next summer.
I see them hanging from tree branches.
But we loose trees every year through weather, disease and old age.
I have a few months of snow and ice before
the warmer weather comes!

And the pebble that started it all
happily sitting next to a liquorice all sort perhaps.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Beginning Stone Pathways

One day while wondering what size this year's daily stitching should be,
My Wednesday Studio Buddy, Diane, and I
laid fabric on the floor and gathered rocks.
We kept on thinking bigger and bigger
until I ended up with something that was going to be enormous!

Once home again I realized big was overly ambitious!
After all, I plan to pick up pebbles on my daily walks
so I have to be able to carry them home!
Plus....a daily stitched journal should not take all day....
There has to be time for my larger works.

So you will not see this mighty rock in my Stone Pathways
(That is the name for the moment)
Though it could inspire something huge!

 Here are my first seven pebbles of 2017

  January first had to be special.  It is a pebble from my parent's driveway in Dorset, England.  My mother and I spent many happy hours sitting in the middle of that driveway searching for pebbles with holes.  This one even had a teeny weeny pebble lodged in it's hole.

Trace around each pebble directly on a scrap of cloth and cut.
Use various appliqué methods.
Some methods messier than others!

Embroider features like this one's white waistline.
Some look like liquorice!
Whoops forgot to photograph the seventh one!

I am still working on how to assemble them into weekly columns.
Perhaps some stitching will
reflect what the weather was like each day.
I just know I do not want straight even columns for each week.
Irregular freeform is what I have in mind.
Now I have to work out the how!

May your daily stitching be fulfilling.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

With Wishes From Our Home to Yours

May your past be a pleasant memory
Your future filled with delight and mystery
Your now a glorious moment
that fills your life with deep contentment.

May your day be filled with blessings
Like the sun that lights the sky
And may you always have the courage
To spread your wings and fly.
(An old Celtic blessing)

and may you dance

and play with those you love
in the midst of a winter's snow.

This is a first for me
I have republished this post from January 1, 2013
because it says exactly what I want to say at the beginning of every year.
I noticed the comments from 2013 have been carried forward!
I am so technologically challenged!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Farewell to 2016 Crumb

It's been quite a year hasn't it.

Perhaps as I stitched this one I was thinking
or trying to think of the blessings
rather than the negatives
of this very strange year.

My goodness
as I write this I realize it is already 2017 in Australia!
2016 is fading into history.

Thank you for supporting my writings about the work I do.
I am happy to share!
Just a reminder that if you post a comment
I respond via email
simply because that is the way I have set things up
and it works for me.

See you in 2017!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

My SAQA Interview

They called it Marking Time and Tides in Stitch

Feel free to drop by their blog if you are interested.

I will keep a link on the sidebar to make it easier to link to
should you want to go back there again.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Perhaps an Arts and Crafts Crumb

Stitching together bits and pieces
resulted in this.
Made me think Frank Lloyd Wright

I added stitches
but did not like the results
Nearly decided to remove them all
or perhaps discard this one.
But Christmas is a busy time.

Monday, 26 December 2016

A Snowy Rainy Crumb

The snow came early this winter
It came deep

The cold came along with it!

Then the rains came and washed away all the snow.
Then everything froze!
And Winter hadn't even officially started.