I am very honored to be interviewed over at Mr. X Stitch – Gear Threads Blog today! It is a blog on contemporary embroidery and Gear Threads focuses on machine embroidery. First time I have ever been interviewed! Well, I think one of the kids interviewed me in grade school once. Hop over there and take a look. I am so proud!
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The catch of the day is something with so many fins, it looks too spiny to eat. I could be wrong because I know nothing about fish, though I am amazed at the variety and individuality of fish. So many, so distinctively different and yet they are all fish. People are like that, too. We may all be under one Genus, but when we go beyond height, color and sex, we are endlessly different. Look at eyes, how many people have eyes just alike? Or noses? Mouths? How they stand, move, sit, walk, talk??? And the endless combinations of all these. Be observant today. What (or who) are you seeing for the first time?
Catch Of the Day Cotton and Polyester Thread, 4.5″x5.5″
Thinking about adding glass seed beads all over this. What do you think?
I have been working on a series I call “thru the fire” for almost two years now. I haven’t done any art quilting in a long time and I actually started this piece at the same time as this one (which will explain why “thru the fire” if you missed it), but then let it sit because I wasn’t terribly thrilled with it. I pulled it out of the discard pile yesterday and worked on it more. The face is a bit ghostly. The idea is not for these pieces to have an eery feel but to capture the surviving image and to remember the family who didn’t survive. Maybe the eeriness helps…
Here is the photo…
I don’t really believe in ghosts. Lots of people do, but I believe our spirits go directly to our afterlife. (hmmm… wonder why my computer chooses now to do all kinds of weird stuff…????) I believe that because that is the way I read it in the Bible, besides, how could it be a peaceful existence if we are caught up between this world and that? But since I watched The Ghost and Mr. Chicken from the back seat of our station wagon, with my hands over my face, at the drive in theater when I was 7 (yes, I was a scaredy cat), I am still spooked by non-existant ghosts; especially the ones I catch glimpses of from the corners of my eyes.
Etymology of Chicken – Adjective sense of “cowardly” is at least as old as 14c. (cf. hen-herte “a chicken-hearted person,” mid-15c.); the verb meaning “to back down or fail through cowardice” is from 1943, U.S. slang; as a game of danger to test courage, it is first recorded 1953.
Spent some time today doing another stitched paper piece, this time of a cicada. They are such great insects. I kept the bug sketchy because I like the colors so much, I didn’t want to obliterate them with solid color on the cicada.
Now to watch J’accuse on Netflix. I think it is going to require all my attention. If you haven’t checked them out, look at the art documentaries on Netflix. I haven’t seen one yet that just didn’t fascinate me. This one promises to solve the murder in Rembrandt’s Night Watch. We’ll see…
When I started this blog, it was with the intention it would be a blog of my work (and I have pretty closely adhered by that). Well, could I ever set myself up a more difficult task? I have trouble keeping up with the blog because I have trouble producing enough work to share!
I debated on showing the piece below to you but I do it for a couple of reasons. First, to ask you, have you all seen a renewed interest in embroidery? I am seeing evidence of it all around me and wonder if I am just taking note and it has been there all along or is embroidery on the upswing again. And secondly, I want to share a couple of links to work that I find beautiful. This one is to recent embroidery, the work of Rosemary Milner (who I know nothing about other than I find her work so endearing). The other is to an exhibit of very old (18th century) bits and pieces of textiles (including embroidery) left with abandoned babies at a foundling hospital. The former inspired me to do the piece below, the latter feeds my nostalgic wonderment.
This insect was stitched on my sewing machine using free motion embroidering (no guidelines were used, hence the slight skewing!) on top of a piece of vintage (antique?) lace given to me years ago by my mother’s friend, Sybil, on top of a sample piece of matelasse given to me by an interior designer. (lucky me to have such generous friends!) I hand stitched onto the bee (I can stitch better but I wanted that amateur feel!!) It measures about 3.25″ x 6.25″.
If you happen to be in the Atlanta area from Thursday through the holidays, stop by the Swan Coach House Gallery for their Little Things Mean a Lot annual show. I will have four pieces in it! (there they are below.) Here is your invite! The opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 17, 6-8pm.
Here are the backs. I thought they looked pretty. That is Amy Butler paper, I love the ones with the art and crafts feel to it.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then by all logic, so is ugly. I behold the fish below, done in machine and hand embroidery on linen, as very very ugly; my kids see it and say “that’s cool”. Go figure. So I thought I would share ugly with you.
Suzannah said MadeWell has an ugly sweater, their words, not Suzannah’s opinion (see it here). It has sold out. I guess ugly is in.
Random stuff from the at-the-moment-so-completely-disarranged-studio.
Spent way too much time making elephant cards (of sort, can’t really open them up and write on them, so I wrote on the back side of the ears!) and decorating envelopes for the kids in my Sunday School class. Just decided to have fun and enjoy the making.
I was very pleased last weekend to learn that I had received Third Place in Original Design at the 2011 Georgia Celebrates Quilt show. This was the second time I had entered this show (you may remember my blog post). I love the fact that I won a ribbon, wouldn’t trade it for the world, except that there were some very labor intensive, beautiful, traditional quilts there that perhaps deserved a ribbon more than mine. My take on this is that there should be a totally separate category for art quilts vs. traditional quilting. Original Design is maybe not definitive enough. But the judges still thought my binding “needs improvement!” Heck, they were lucky I bound it at all! That was the same comment I received about my first entry 8 or 9 years ago! I wonder if anyone has ever done a perfect binding!
See what I mean about beautiful quilts??!!!
And mine proudly holding its ribbon…
You know how you feel when you have something good happen to you and you want to share it with everyone? Having a blog is wonderfully satisfying way to share. Thanks for listening!