First, I started Friendship Gathering last weekend. It's from Blackbird's book "A Fine Collection". The reason I bought the book many years ago is precisely because of this design on its cover. Finally I had all the right materials to start stitching last weekend. Here's a progress shot.
Here are three recently framed pieces.
The first is a modification of BOAF's Sally Spencer. I had replaced the alphabet with this little tune. It was an experiment and I wasn't sure about all the empty space I left behind. Back in December, I had a friend visiting from New Zealand who is studying design. I asked her advice on the empty space. She said if I filled the empty space and give it more 'structure' I would lose the playfulness of the design. The words seem to bounce around the middle of the picture like in a snow globe. I was so glad I asked her advice and I was really intrigued by all the elements of Design - I would love to take some Art courses!
Next is my SB's Family Sampler.
Lastly, this is Primitive Needle's Of Female Arts. I love the frame that my framer suggested. It just seemed perfect for it.
Oh, I did get my camera on Valentine's Day and I'm so happy with it. It's a Canon Powershot A2000 IS. I had canvassed a few people and Canon seemed to be a popular brand. There are lots for me to still learn about taking pictures and I can tell this is a much better camera than my old one. Now I just have to learn to be a better photographer and learn how to better manipulate the images!
I have been enjoying some audio books. First, is my favourite book ' The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'.
I have read the book 3 times. I have given it as Christmas gifts. When the audio book was available at the library, I had to listen to it. It's just wonderfully done by a group of actors. Now, my wish is for this to be made into a superb film, with a wonderful ensemble cast much like Robert Altman did with Gosford Park. I would dearly love that!
Next is 'Never let me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro, who also wrote "Remains of the Day". The audio book was read by Rosalind Landor (if I remember it correctly) and it's wonderfully read. Currently I am reading 'Black Swan Green' by David Mitchell. It is read by Kirby Heyborne and he is wonderful doing all the different characters in the story. Both of these books I probably wouldn't have read myself - they are quite different - but I am thoroughly enjoying being read to!
I have completed finishing on my Prairie Schooler exchange piece. It's passed the "I Love It" test. I really wanted to keep it but *sigh* off it has gone to its new home. Hopefully my partner will love it as well. It will probably be a couple of weeks before I can show any photos.
I am really looking forward to my next project which I have kitted out. The whole works arrived this past week (after what seems like a terminally long wait!) and I'm keen to start it. But first, I have to finish Friendship Gathering and I have to stitch for a Winter Quaker exchange next. (You'll just have to wait a little longer what the new project is!)
So, what have you bought from the Nashville releases? I have bought 'a few' things. Here are couple of designs from the Good Huswife that I loved.
Home Sweet Home
by Good Huswife
(I love that little chubby bird!!!)
Thank you to everyone for your comments about getting the wrinkles out of linen. Even those of you who had the same questions as I did - I thank you because I didn't feel like it was just me! I will try them out and let you know in a future post.
Remember my pouting over not being able to comment? It's getting worse and I can't comment as I used to. So, here's a shout-out (love that expression from Siobhan) to Kellie - I've been enjoying the rotation that you've been doing and seeing all that lovely progress even though I can't tell you so directly!
So, it's the end of a long catch-up post on a Sunday afternoon. I think I'll have a nap before zipping into my sequined evening gown for the Academy Awards tonight...just kidding of course...sequins are so last year! ;-)
Have a great week. Thanks for visiting. I can't believe it's the last week of February already!