Come share my journey as I explore the many ways to put fabric, fibers, and design together one stitch at a time just as we build our lives.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Something New and Something Old
Each Thursday night of the month there is a stitch night at my LNS and each has a different theme. The first Thursday is hardanger. I decided I wanted to learn more about this type of needlework so I picked a project, collected the necessary fabric and fiber and went to learn about kloster blocks and the blanket stitch. After frogging the first attempt because I miscounted ( I only did four stitches in each kloster block) I ended up with the following. This is the beginning of a Christmas ornament in the current JCS Ornament Preview issue. Next month I will learn how to do woven bars and dove's eyes.
I also decided to go back to a long time WIP and finish it this month.This is the third part of Chatelaine's original Mini Mandala. For some reason I have been struggling to finish this one. I think it is because I don't like some of the colors yet when I see a picture of a completed one I love the way it looks. I have to remember that how colors look are impacted by what colors they are next to. So I have put all my new starts aside and I am going to finish this WIP so I can have the three piece set framed. I started working on the set about 6 years ago and on this one in January of 2009. I worked on it for a month and then put it away until this spring when I did a little work on it and again put it away in favor of some new counted canvas and needlework projects. In going through all my stash and WIPs I decided I really want to finish it so I started on it again yesterday. Except for stitching night at my LNS I will focus on this piece for the rest of July.
Some of my favorite things are my family, teaching, sunshine, warm weather, books, chocolate kisses, my husband's kisses, my children's and grandchildren's hugs, cross stitching, needlepoint, and other needle arts. My goal this year is to continue developing my fitness so I can enjoy my family , my work, and my hobbies. This is truly a wonderful life and I want to savor it each and every day.