Monday, January 19, 2015

Progress on many fronts and something ridiculous

Greetings gentle reader.  So good to see you.  I have resettled into life in the land of Really-This-Is-Winter?-Who-Knew-?!  Today we are supposed to hit 71F  This weekend we needed to air condition the shop. Honestly, last Thursday it snowed on me and now I'm trying to find light enough sweaters to wear to the office.  Oh well.  I guess I will just have to muddle through.

On to the exciting news ----   I stitched!   I know-- it is gasp worthy.

This weekend after the customer flurry left for the day (Saturday was the first day of my needlepoint shop's annual post-TNNA sale, and the shoppers were out IN FORCE!), my little stitching country club settled in for a get together and Ethel got all the leaves (Sampler Thread) in the uppermost basket and the flowers started going in (French knots in white Flair which may be joined by very, very pale blue and pale blue Flairs as well).  And, she also got a bit more sky because that's where I started only to quickly work out that to do any more sky I needed to rid myself of the waste knots  in my way and to do that I needed to get those threads running through the white flowers anchored.   If I had done a better pic you could tell that the Flair makes the flowers sparkle a bit.

On Sunday I hunkered down at Chez Hovel, put on an Agatha Christie audio book, and stitched and napped the day away.  It was blissful!   First up on Blissday was starting my By the Bay Serenity Harbor.  I am loving it.  

I am changing the roses in the border from pink to red.  As far as I can tell I have not messed up my counting yet, but I am accepting all prayers and good thoughts that not only is that assumption true but that they continue to be true.  I have a habit of just giving up on things where I get off in count and can't find the mistake in an hour of hunting.  It's a character flaw, but life it too short to be frustrated for long.

And Ellen's flag came out to play --

That's By Gone Stitches' One Nation -- and it got some new stars and an "O" in Connecticut.  I know, I know.  A 10-year old could stitch faster, but hey, I'm getting there.  

I am going to leave you with a little ridiculousness from DC.
Behold, Sound Suit by Nick Cave. (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum)

The front:

The back:


My first reaction was "dang it someone's grandma did those."  Eventually after circling the thing for a while I decided I might have to come back from the grave to shoot someone who did that to my stitching.


cucki said...

My dear Iove all your stitching so much..
And that statue with fabric is so lovely
Big hugs x

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Beautiful stitching. I am enjoying watching your progress.

OMGoodness, I have to agree with you...if someone turned my doilies and other crocheted things I made into that awful thing I would most certainly have to come back....goodness, I can't even being to imagine how someone's mind could even put all that together...better yet..WHY? They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, maybe, but does indeed go way down to the bone, and I think this is the best representation of it I have ever seen!

Happy Stitching :)

Karen said...

I guess it's better than having your work hidden away in a trunk...hmmmm. To each his own, I suppose. It's colorful.

Linda said...

Lovely stitching Ruth. That statue thing is really strange.


Preeti said...

You have done lots of stitching!!
About that art work, I don't understand why anything made conventionally is not considered an art. Why do they have to make it look odd and then declare it as art. It's just a scrap work.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Lovely stitching. I'm undecided about what to think of that multi-coloured coat. I don't dislike it but I don't like it either.

Angela P said...

Not sure what to think of the statue but your stitching is lovely.

Lisa Dunn said...

Your WIPs are lovely, and I love the canvas. You certainly do have some crazy weather!

I may be strange, but I like the coat on the statue. :o)

Paisley said...

Your WIPs are coming along nicely! Sending good thoughts that you didn't make any counting mistakes!