Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Here is the next installment  of Faith, Hope and Charity.  The quarter shows the scale of the stitching.

Friday, October 7, 2011

This project is going to take nearly forever but I have put in some more stitches on Faith, Hope and Charity Although it doesn't look like it would be, this project is relaxing because I don't have to make any decisions as I stitch.

We went to the cabin the first weekend in October for a getaway and it was so peaceful. The aspen leaves have started turning and the colors are wonderful.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sanibel and embroidery

Here is the embroidery that I have been working on for quite a while. The rectangle is one page of the multi-page pattern. I figure that it is at least a 5 year project. This is one piece that the aim is to enjoy the process instead of looking for the end. As I finish significant sections I will post them.

The first week of September I went to Florida to teach at the national seminar of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. This year the seminar was in Naples Florida. I have been on the Atlantic coast but never on the Gulf coast before. This the view from the hotel room looking at the gulf.
We went to Sanibel and Captiva Islands and walked along the beach and looked at shells. Most of them were small but I have never seen so many intact shells. Usually the shells on the beaches where I have been broken. Because of a key locked in the trunk, we spent a few extra hours there but I did find some beautiful flowers on the edge of the beach.

Monday, March 28, 2011

We have just come back from the most amazing trip. My husband has always wanted to go back to New Zealand and I have always wanted to go there.... so we finally did it. The long plane ride was not too much fun but well worth it. We started in Christchurch on the south island and ended in Auckland which is on the north island. We were greeted the first night by a small earthquake but were so tired we just went to sleep anyway. We sort of zig zagged our way up the country. It is fall in New Zealand but it is still so green. I am used to the world turning shades of brown in autumn. This is picture of flowers on a beach and the next one is of the garden around a place that we stayed in Waitamo. This plant was so amazing - it is at least 2 feet across but I loved the great graphic image.

This is what we came home to.. the snow always seems to get my crocuses. ....Poor things sticking up out of the snow.

I am working on a new design and took it with me to work on. I ought to be able to get something done is three weeks, or at least that was the plan. I did get a bit done and here is the progress.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It has been a busy January and February this year. I have made progress on Faith, Hope and Charity. I decided that rather than move the linen to work on the top of the figure, I would do some of the background around the feet. Here is how it looks so far. I find it soothing to just stitch with out a deadline.
For much of my work the stitching is the third part of a process. First is the idea, then comes the design work, the stitching is next and then the hard work of writing the instructions for the pieces. Sometimes one of the hardest parts of designing is thinking up the title. This year for some reason as I thought of the design the title came with it. Here is part of one of them. I love to see how the thought turns into a stitched piece. There are always some surprises along the way.