Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Faces

Today is a challenging day for me and for many Americans. I'm having a quiet day, reflecting on the need for peace and positive alignment in our country and the whole world. That said, I did this quick drawing to show my support of my daughter Kate, who will be joining the Women's March in Washington tomorrow. I pray that this will be an empowering and peaceful event.

Wishing all a very good weekend!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Stitches

During this second week of 1 Year of Stitches, I found that there is truth to the phrase "Stitching mends the soul". There is a rhythm to hand stitching that is calming and rewarding and provides a soothing background to conversation or listening to music. I haven't done any knitting for about 40 years, but I imagine that it can be similarly soothing. I remember my mother constantly working on some kind of needlework or other, and how calm she looked when she did it. I have so many pieces of her beautiful needlepoint, embroidery, crocket, knitting, wool rug hooking and other things, I really should do a post about her work sometime soon.

Here is my mandala and what I did during week 2 - the outer border of blue and green stitches and orange French knots. As it gets bigger, each row will take longer. I'm enjoying making it up as I go along and trying out new techniques.

I also got (unintentionally) involved in some intense hand embroidery when finishing the face I shared in my last post. I had started this months ago and did some rows of stitching in the hair, and felt that I had to fill in the whole space when I went back to it. A big job!! If I'm going to do a face each week, you can bet I'll find a simpler way to create hair!!

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant Sunday. It is 37 degrees and sunny here in Boston, with practically no snow on the ground. I know we'll be getting lots of snow in the next couple of months, so I'm enjoying unrestricted driving and walking outside while we have it!

Wishing you a wonderful week!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Faces - "Suzie"

Here's a hand embroidered piece I finished today.
I hope to add a new character with a little story every Friday.
Let's see how it goes!

She was a child of the 1940's.
Her mother was an immigrant  
who impressed upon her daughter the importance of education.
She heard the words "you are intelligent, strong and capable"
throughout her childhood, and she grew up believing them.
When she was an adult, with a successful career,
she was thankful that her mother's influence had shaped her life,
and she honored her memory by doing the same
for her own daughter.

Here's wishing you
a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Stitches

I've just completed my first week of the challenge One Year of Stitches: 2017. I decided to make a mandala, choosing different embroidery stitches as I go along. I'm using a Pilot Frixion pen to keep the rings fairly symmetrical - the ink of this pen disappears when ironed.

The fabric I'm using is about 14" square, and of course the rings will get larger and larger, so it may just take a year to finish. I'll probably frame it when done, since a pillow would be far too tempting for curious cat claws! 

It's also something I can work on every Thursday morning at the stitchers group I belong to. This group is one of the joys of my week, and I consider myself so lucky to belong to it. I would love to show you the blog I created for this group of talented ladies to showcase their work. It is called 'Around the Creative Table' and you can link to it here, If you have a minute to check it out, please consider leaving a comment. Yours could be the first comment we get!!

I've also started another textile class with my favorite instructor, Amy Ropple. And I'm excited about some new books I received for Christmas. Here are two of them...

 So, onward and upward - new ideas to try and new things to learn in this coming year. I'm planning to have a new character to share every week, starting this week, in a category called 'Friday Faces'. And maybe some little stories to go along with them! Stay tuned and

Have a great week!

Thanks for visiting!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Fresh New Year

There is something so wonderful about a new year -
a clean slate, a fresh start!
I'm looking forward to some new creative ventures -
more cut paper, machine sketching,

hand embroidery,

and character creating.

I'm excited, and I hope you are too,
as we enter a brand new year of hope and creativity.

I look forward to sharing and seeing what you are up to!
Let's go on this journey together!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

My mother gave me this little manger scene when I was first married.
Over the years I have thought of updating it, but each Christmas,
as I set up the sweet little figures, I think of my mom
and know that it is just perfect.

I hope that, as you read this, you are enjoying a very 
Merry Christmas,
Happy Chanukah,
or simply
the blessings of 
the winter season.

With love,
Judy xo

Monday, December 19, 2016

'Twas the Week Before Christmas...

I'm a bit behind in my preparations for Christmas, as usual, but so far, no panicking! As I dig through the remnants of materials used to make artwork for two different shows this Fall, I keep coming across old or unfinished projects. Here are a few I've found:

These two snowscapes, which need a few stitches
 and some bright red cardinals to complete them...

My hand embroidery, which is nearly finished.
I added some color and I'll add more stitches after the holidays…

And an older fabric appliqué, made with sheer fabrics and beads.

I'm so looking forward to having our daughter here for Christmas and her boyfriend
Jason arriving Monday. We'll have some good conversations, cooking and eating sessions,
lots of laughter, perhaps a movie or two, a visit to my sister, and some much needed advice 
from daughter to mother about my various electronic devices!!

Our tree is on the porch, away from the cats, until Christmas eve 
when we'll bring it in to decorate with treasured ornaments.
For now the lights are festive enough!

I hope that your week is going well, not too stressful
and filled with anticipation, as mine is!

xo Judy