I’m going to try this yet again

My Grandmother and Great Aunt watched the soap opera “As The World Turns” faithfully; I do not have to watch a soap opera, my World is a soap opera or at the least a whirlwind. Now is could be that my world is turning at the same speed and I am getting slower and older but  I have two new knees and I want to get my money’s worth out of them before their warranty is up.

So no apology for not writing for a year, just know I have been moving and learning and having a whole lot of fun along the way! I will spend some time re-reading my blog and try not to bore you with re-hashing things and I’ll take lots of pictures. So if you see something in one of the pictures you’d like to know more about just ask.

In 2012 we combined households with oldest son and his family. It was a good experience and I would not change a minute of it but the time had come for us all to move on our separate ways. The two grandchildren at home have grown and are more independent every day, we all have different interests and different schedules. So we are empty nesters again (November 2018) and thinking seriously what and how we want to spend the next years.

I have spent the last few months putting house back in my order. I have been sorting thru things with the idea of downsizing, I have looked at all my holiday decorations with the idea of keep or let go. Of course no decisions have been made yet, we need to think about where we want to move (I will never want to do this again), so I want to take it slow but move forward too. I will ask the kids if there are things they would like to have but that does not seem likely as the next generations are minimalists. So I see a great multi generation sale in my future.

I have been thinking about my art/craft belongings and have decided to start going thru my needlework stuff and downsize them too, although I see this as a minimal downsize. If it comes to a tea set or my needlepoint books….well, I hope someone in the family wants the tea set it is nice and has some history. I do have some books I am will to part with, not because I don’t love them but I may have two of them and in some cases I have moved on from that technique or I will never get around to trying.

Anyway, I am going to take my computer into the computer doctor to get it a full check-up and then I will proceed like I never left and hopefully I can keep my blog  up to date.

But before I leave I want to tell you about an exhibit you should put on your calendar, especially if you live close to Kansas City. The Liberty Memorial WWI Museum (https://www.theworldwar.org/) has a special exhibit going on until Sept 2nd, 2019; Color of Memory, Fabric Art of WWI. I was privileged to go to a class last night that allowed us to see this exhibit and also to make a postcard (2019 version) of those made in WWI. Since I have one of these postcards (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/my-birthday-present/), it was a treat for me and now I have two postcards to display from Memorial Day until Labor Day when I exhibit my R-W&B collection. So if you are in my next of the country, don’t miss this exhibit; and enjoy the rest of the museum too, it is our history.






Thanks for being patient with me. See you soon.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today.


Thoughts about January

Today is the last day of January and I can hardly believe how fast this month has flown by. As with any January day in the Midwest it is cold and snowy, a good day to hibernate with a cup of tea, a fireplace and reflect on the past month.

As I said in another entry, I had good intentions of starting a blog but thanks to Sharon B. it happened sooner than later. Thanks Sharon.  It has been fun learning how to and doing, nothing like learning on the fly. I know I have much more to learn but I am fingering along for now.

When the TIF challenge was first posted I knew that the first part was going to be easy. The challenge was: “To make a design about a person(s) you admire or to use the color scheme suggested.” This was the easy part, I immediately thought of my grandmother and my Aunt Rose. I don’t think there was anything the two of them could not do or would not try, and both had a great love of life and a true sense of family. The color scheme was definitely colors they loved, wore and used. Simple solution January is dedicated to my grandmother and my Aunt Rose using the given color pallet. I thought it was a good way to start the year remembering two women I admire very much and who had a great influence on who I am today.

The next step was not as simple. Since I am a needlepointer, this is my first choice but what to do? I pulled the threads and canvases samples and tried to sort out the many ideas floating around in my head. I could do grapes, flowers, geometrics (my love) … I felt like a kid in a candy store with to many choices and not enough time. While I tried to sort this out I decided to head another direction…

When I first saw the color pallet, it spoke to me of Temari. So I decided to listen…something I do not always do. I usually try to force my artist endeavors in the direction I want to go and not to listen to the inner artist within me and go with the flow. But it is a new year had decided to try new things so why not listen to the artist within too. So, since Temari balls are another passion I have, I went with it. I just think it is to cool to start with a piece of cloth, some yarn, crochet thread and a spool of thread to make a ball and then to mark that hand made ball and decorate it with a design. The Temari were easy, they almost stitched themselves. The colors and designs just seemed to fall on the balls. Temari was the easy part of this challenge.

TIF canvases But still I was struggling over my canvas ideas, not wanting to give up on this idea completely. Last year I had become aware of ATC and postcards that many applied and textile artists were doing. This idea was appealing to me all though I did not know exactly how I wanted to incorporate them into the needlepoint media. I kept trying to force the design and that does not work…nothing comes together, nothing works. I was just about to give up when I decided to make an ATC of the Herringbone stitch. The Herringbone stitch is the basic stitched used to decorate the Temari so I wanted just the basic stitch. So I stitched the ATC, and it turned out as I wanted it to look but nothing “ah-ha”; then I decided that the postcard would be taking the basic Herringbone Stitch a step further. The large interlocking Herringbone stitches in the round are an interpretation of the purple Temari ball. The stitches to the right of these interlocking squares, the rickrack, and the long bar across the bottom of the canvas area on the right are good examples of how the Obi band might look. The three small purple motifs on the left side are the different ways that the Herringbone stitch would be used on a Temari guideline. This design was originally stitched with the large interlocking Herringbones located in the lower right. I felt after it was stitched that it looked more like an addressed envelope or postcard if I inverted the canvas.

I am neither happy nor unhappy about the stitched canvases. I think that because I am a graphic computer artist and do most of my “doodle” stitching on the computer rather than on a doodle canvas stitch samples do not appeal to me. I am a visual person and I can visualize stitches on the computer.  I do like the idea of making ATC or postcards; I’m just not sure how they are going to work for me. I’ll keep them in my thought process and maybe that “ah-ha” moment will happen.

For now I am going to cleanse my mind by watching a movie, drink more tea, stay by the fireplace and return to stitching Lucy.  I’m looking forward to the February TIF challenge. Since it is February and I think of this as a romantic month: Valentine’s Day and this year Leap year I am going to try and remember to apply the KISS principle to whatever I chose to do.