Christmas: one post for December

Isn’t there a song about busiest time of the year…presents to finish, presents to buy, cookies to bake, and of course time with friends…not enough time? I think, even though I would miss the cold and occasional white Christmas those of you down under have the best deal. You have more light to your days, more sunshine and I think that would be of great help this time of year. And yes, for those of you up north I am complaining…who wants to go out shopping on a cold, dark, damp days that quickly becomes night? Not me, but if I don’t go out pretty soon it will be a bleak Christmas! I just need to find some Christmas spirit.

14-12-12 ReindeerMy house is decorated; the lights and tree are up…thanks to my son and his family that live with us. We even put out different decorations than we’ve had in the past (You can do that when you combine two households and have double stuff.)  I haven’t seen these reindeer in ages, I made the two on the ends during my woodworking period.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have spent the last week finishing ornaments for three girl friends that get together once a month for lunch. All the ornaments have a “find or do-dad” in the center and are stitched around this find. The blue and white ornament uses threads that are snow like threads to carry out the snow theme…some of the threads are discontinued. The gold tree is surrounded OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAby a Jean Hilton stitch and the rest is a series of couched red ribbon thread using a true diagonal, cross stitch and overlapping crosses in gold and green threads (sorry the picture is poor).

The black, gold and silver has a special find in the center. We lost a good friend last year and his family OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAasked that contributions be made to his college. As an acknowledgement of that gift, a thank-you letter was sent and also this little embroidery of the school mascot. Now this mascot  means nothing to us, and would have been either thrown away or put in a drawer never to be seen again OR made into this ornament to be given to his family for their tree.  I OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAeven made the hanger small so that the rest of the year it may be left out if they choose. I’m even sending a drapery hook stand along with it for that purpose.

I have a couple other things finished but they will have to wait until next year to blog about them. I feel like I am one sneeze away from a nice cold (and we all now that would almost put me down for the rest of the year) and I have a million things to do before Christmas…so… I think my blogging for the year is over.

I would like to thank you all for visiting me all year, my stats say this has been a good year. My 2014 New Year’s Resolution was to try and blog every week and I almost made it; I think I only missed 5 weeks up until now and that’s because I blogged twice a couple weeks.  It has been fun and I have some ideas for next year so I hope you will come back in 2015. Until then…

Have a Merry Christmas or a happy holiday season that you celebrate. Here is a chart for the tree ornament to use as you wish, (shops can use too.)  14-12-12 Do Dad tree  You can use up small amounts of threads and any color combination should work. I used a glitter canvas but any canvas will do.  I hope you have lots of do-dads to use, I know I have drawers full of them I have collected. I do ask that you email a picture if you use the chart…please. Might be a blog next year. And if you need a different copy just email me and I will send the design back to you as a PDF.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today and all through the holidays!  ttfn…sue

Not a good two weeks…fast becoming not a good month

… and the prospects are looking bleak.

It all started with the World Series. I sat in my chair for every inning since the wild card playoffs began and stitched. If stitching could help the Royals win I would stitch.

First let me say that the Boys in Blue are winners 14-10-06 Royalseveryone. There has never been such a group as this (and I was around 29 years ago); these young men are a class act, none finer.

I stitched three round disks (these will be finished as ornaments) and then got the brainy idea to stitch a 3-14-11-14 royal AD baseball for the World Series. I researched the pattern, drew what I thought was exactly what I researched and began stitching. Let me say that while I was stitching it looked great to me.

14-11-14 royal BThe problems began October 29th at 7:15 PM; not only for the Boys in Blue but for the stitched baseball. As I started to put it together I realized my proportions were off. But I decided to preserver and let what may be…BE. Well, we all know the outcome 14-11-14 royal Cof the 7th game and my 3-d baseball was no better. BUT if large cowpie baseballs every come into vogue…I have the first.14-11-14 royal D

Should I try this again I think I will invest in a baseball and take it apart for the exact pattern. But really I’m thinking round disk ornaments are just as good and less time consuming.

And then things went from bad to worse… Our Lucy 14-11-14 lucy dtore her ACL and is not a candidate for surgery (her age and other medical problems keep her from this. So Lucy is confined to the house, no jumping, no stairs, just lying around taking life easy. She gets her leg taped like the sports guys with KT tape (http://www.kttape.com/)…this is 14-11-14 lucy bgreat stuff, going to try on my back. We cut the tape to her size and apply it in a figure eight. She likes this and it comes in pink her favorite color.

14-11-14 lucy cShe also goes twice a week for laser treatments; doesn’t she look like something from “Back to the Future”?14-11-14 lucy e

But her favorite is the 3 times a day she gets heat on her leg.  She thinks this is the best and would lie there all day if you let her.

And then the weather is the icing on my month…record breaking low temperatures and snow… I am just not ready for this! Especially the snow, it is putting a damper on my social schedule! Our guild was supposed to get stitch-in tomorrow and there is nothing more fun than friends, food and stitching. Well, because of the snow we have canceled this and I’ll just have to sit in my stitching nest and stitch by myself…bummer.

Hope your month is going better than mine…although wherever you are I think it is cold and probably white or going to be white. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you stay warm and find time to stitch today and all week-end!

ttfn…sue

Happy Halloween and an another stitched witch… but not finished

I knew when I started stitching her she would not be complete until next year, but14-10-30 Witch 4 then since I’ve had her for years another year won’t matter much. I want to make a broom for her to have as a base to sit upon.

14-10-30 Witch 1I wanted to share now because of the background stitch… I found it really interesting. I decided to do a darning pattern pumpkin face for the background; but when I turned the canvas over on the back I saw a cat head. And then if you look at the front again in the negative spa14-10-30 Witch 3ce you can see the cat there too. Can you see it too? Now I wish I had done this background stitch in a glow in the dark thread, I think it would have enhanced the optical illusion. Oh well there is always the next piece.

 

14-10-30 Witch 2

Have a safe and happy Halloween. Don’t forget Nov 1, All Saints Day, to remember family and friends and all the stitchers who have gone before us.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

Creative week but no photos

Okay, there is one photo here but only because I just took it…I really need to remember to use my camera more. I have missed several photo opportunities to use here and all I can say is I was so enthralled with the art and people I forgot. It has been a fun and inspiring week for me.

Several weeks ago a good friend of mine and not a needleworker told me about a fiber show she thought I would like; she’d heard about it on the news. Since we were having lunch in mid-town we decided to venture downtown to see this show.  Once we got to the main library we found out the show didn’t start until the next week…oh well we had time to look around the library and it is a beautiful place; and again no pictures, too busy gawking.

The next week, when the show opened; we ventured down again and oh my way is worth it. Jason Pollen is having a celebration of his 30 years in Kansas City with a 2 part show: Unfurled (http://www.kclibrary.org/event/jason-pollen-unfurled) . You can read all about Jason Pollard here: http://www.jasonpollen.com/www.jasonpollen.com/bio.html.

14-10-24 Jason Pollen BookI felt immediately drawn to this art work, it spoke to me and I could have spent hours just sitting in the area looking at the works. Every time I looked at a piece of this artwork I saw something I had not seen before. I was fortunate enough to pick up one of the books on the exhibit and although I did not read it at the time I have read it until some of the pages have become loose. I then returned to the exhibit, book in hand and spent several hours just looking. I want to return again and look some more and maybe this time I’ll remember to take pictures.

This week I also attended a lecture Jason Pollen gave at the library (It was the first World Series game between the Royals and the Giants too, but that’s another story.)  I was torn between the Royals game and the lecture but knew if I did not go I would regret it. So off I went…and it was so much more than I expected. The first time I saw the exhibit I had written in the guest book that I would like to just sit and watch him create. I still feel the same and even more so after meeting him and listening to his lecture.. I came home and on the internet found several articles from others who have taken classes from him and now I know that I want to do this too. I am going to make another trip to the first part of this exhibit and I am definitely not missing the second part of this show.  I also have the opportunity to visit his studio next month. I am a happy person; hope I can remember to use my camera.

Then later this week I receive an email asking if I still taught Temari and would I be interested in getting together so I could share my Temari knowledge. The email was from another Sue, visiting her family all the way from Australia and so I figured it was the least I could do. My Temari knowledge is limited, I am not Barbara Suess (http://www.japanesetemari.com/) and I have no desire to really teach anymore…BUT I feel that we must share our knowledge no matter how limited with others, otherwise the art of the needle or for that matter any art will be lost. So I wrote back that I would be happy to share my limited knowledge and resources and when would it be convenient to meet. Yesterday Sue came by to spend some time with me. I had gathered all my Temari information together so that she could see what she was most interested in. I shared with her my limited knowledge, let her take pictures of anything she wanted (you would have thought that would have jogged my memory to take some too, but no it didn’t.) I gave her a couple different needles that I use making my Temari,  an extra copy  of a beginning Temari book written in Japanese and even let her pick a Temari to take home with her.

I shared with her that I do not use anything but a Kleenex as the core for my Temari and I am going to try making muslin strips of fabric to try also. I used to use 3 styrafoam peanuts in a plastic bad but seceded that was not environmentally friendly and I was also not sure how the plastic would react over time with the yarn used to make the ball. I even promised to email her the instructions I have written for a class I did teach years ago.

It was a fun visit. Sue is a fabric dyer and so she has promised when she gets home to dye some threads for me using Australian natural dyes; I can hardly wait.  First Sue is off to Canada for a dying class and then when she gets home she will dye my threads. Will share when it comes.

So even though I have no stitching to share and no pictures (I am going to get better at this) I have had a very creative week. I am inspired to do some drawing and also designing needlework. I But right now I need to get back to some unfinished business I have waiting on my desk.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! (I will stitch during the baseball game tonight and every night until the Boys in Blue win the World Series…Go Royals!) ttfn…sue

Who would you like to stitch with?

Last week or maybe two weeks ago, Jane at Chilly Hollow posted this link: http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-profile-of-brigid-berlin-straight.html.

… What a fascinating lady…wouldn’t it be fun to have a stitch-in with her for the day. My favorite quote is: “…I don’t want one of anything. I don’t know what the word ‘one’ means.”  Brigid Berlin

I relate to this but don’t we all!

It got me to thinking, who would you like have over for a stitch-in (living or dead) and why? Barbara Bush? Cameron Diaz ? Julia Roberts? Drew Barrymore? Mary Tyler Moore? Loretta Swit? Kaffe Fasset? Rosie Greer? Julie Eisenhower? Mary, Queen of Scots?  Marie Antoinette? Queen Elizabeth I?  Martha Washington? Grace Kelly? Betty Ford? Erica Wilson? Mary Martin? Ann B. Davis (Alice the housekeeper on The Brady Bunch? Janet Leigh? Joan Rivers? Or just the friends down the street?

Notice that many on this list are no longer with us and that is what will happen to our art if we do not share it with others. I know that it is not an inexpensive art…but you can keep the costs low by using floss and perle cotton. Do you think your friend, daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, niece or nephew will care if you use cotton floss or silk? You can buy small frames or make one out of foam core…or just stitch it in your hand.

Do you have a piece of needlepoint that you can carry around and stitch while waiting in a doctor’s office, waiting for an airplane flight, on an airplane flight, watching a game (kids, grandkids or professional). Instead of reaching for the phone to access the internet, try reaching for a small needlepoint piece. People will ask you what you are doing. Educate them.

basketweave sd2014Offer to teach someone to needlepoint. I am including a basketweave documents that you can print and share with a new needlepointer (If you would like a PDF version just email me (email address to the right). Please teach someone to basketweave, because when they do become addicted (and most will) they will want to take those fabulous classes that use those fabulous threads and stitches. BUT the basketweave handout O&Uteacher teaching the class will assume that the students know how to basketweave.

Think of basketweave as the foundation of the needlepoint house you are building…with a good foundation a needlepoint will stand for years. I always think of basketweave as learning to walk before you can run.

It fall in the Midwest and beautiful and still baseball season, Go Royals (stitching my second baseball and will probably start third and maybe forth before “The Boys in Blue” win the World Series.)  I hope you are enjoying the season no matter where you are, but think seriously about teaching someone to needlepoint.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

Editors note:

Last week I posted a blog (http://sudukc.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/plagiarism-it-is-illegal/)  and mistakenly called it plagiarism; it is copyright infringement. I have corrected the post but I stand by what I said. Both are illegal and both make my blood boil!

14-10-06 RoyalsThis week I had someone tell me my baseball was cute and they thought they would copy it. I have no legal rights to the Royals emblem I did not buy the licensing.  But it still is my design adaptation and even though I do not intend to sell this design copying it is not legal.

A great article on copyright has been written by Mary Ann Jones & Matthew J. Booth for Needlepoint Now. If you would like to read it, it can be found here: http://www.needlepointnow.com/advertising/copyright/

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

 

Baseball and Needlepoint

What does a needlepointer do to relax and remain calm…she stitches.  And that’s what I did this last week. The Boys in Blue (Kansas City Royals) were playing baseball…

Vickie De Angelis (http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/) is truly is more of a baseball fan than I am but this past week I was glued to my television. The boys in Blue were making a run for the pennant and I was like a proud grandparent chewing my nails and pacing. I lost sleep, three games went into extra innings (nothing compared to the national league game San Francisco and Washington Nationals…but I watched part of this one too.)

14-10-06 RoyalsAfter the do or die game with the A’s (my second favorite team) I knew I had to do something besides sit like a bump on a log. Of course I could have picked any piece from my stash and there are many of these but they were not Royals related. So with my trusty computer I quickly drew (computer) up this design and by the first playoff game with LA Angels was stitching. I only stitched this piece during Royals games…yes, I have my own superstitions.  Last night, the Boys in Blue swept the series and I put my last stitch in my needlepoint. Happy dancing all around.

Now we are off to Baltimore (they also swept their series with Detroit) and I am sure these games are going to be the better than the last. So now I have to have something for this series too, but I have until Friday to figure this out.

So if you need a team to root for Eric Horne says it better than I (http://newsok.com/5-reasons-the-kansas-city-royals-are-worth-rooting-for-in-the-mlb-playoffs/article/5347784)

GO ROYALS!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue