My confidence has taken a dive. My emotions have been bouncing up and down like the weather..."life stuff", the bittersweetness of it all. I'm also wheezing and experiencing some heaviness in my chest so I've had to up the breathing treatments and rest more than I typically do. I'm always the most vulnerable when the seasons change. So the few days I've been at the workshop I've piddled. I seem to have lost the grove for The Poetry Series at the moment...I didn't want to approach it with the funky dragging moods I've been in. In order to be gracious with myself I thought I would dip and dabble around...so I pulled a book fro the shelf on collage and thought I'd work through it slowly, not with any sense of urgency...afterall, collage really isn't what I do, so whatever I end up with would be okay.
While working on this I thought about paper quilts or paper and cloth quilts. Possibly another piddle day I may quilt this.
On another day, I gave in to re-organizing but really only manage to move clutter from one table to another, so I opted to sit down and read and listen to music...really listen and allow the music to carry me away...I was vibing with jazz violnist Regina Carter. So that was this past Saturday.
Today I thought I would play around with free motion embroidery and free motion quilting. This is very different for me...again, just piddling and practicing. My flower looks like it has the chickenpox. Again I was playing Regina Carter and added Herbie Hancock to the mix...I really wanted a bottle of wine to accompany my groove with the sewing machine, but since I drive to come home, that wasn't an option.
Inconsistency in speed paired with hand control delivers uneven stitching. I did like the zig-zag stictching with free motion. The threads I used were Isacord and Madeira. Isacord really sinks down into the fabric. Madeira seems to sit more on top. My machine (Janome 6500) loved them both.
Here are two atc's I had left over and found when I moved my clutter around and if you'd like to trade with me, give me a shout out. ummm, the image orientation is on its side...oh well, if you make atc's then you already know what size they are, right?!
I canceled going to Paducah next week. I took a deep breath and called my sister to tell her I just didn't think it was feasible to push going financially in light of some other things I'm trying to cook up. She kept the reservation and plans on dragging her husband over for 3 days and 2 nights (if I had the strength, I'd fall over laughing...she is optimistic but I really don't think that is going to fly). We shall see, said the blind man.
Oh, and I the only one who is going wild over the HBO series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency? I ordered HBO just to watch this series...a big fan of Jill Scott, no surprise there, but I think its the secretary that makes the show. Think of Murder, She Wrote with an African flavor. I could just snatch Jill Scott's wardrobe for the show right off! Simple, free flowing, yet great sophisticated patterning. I'm also tickled by the cartoon animation for the header and footer of the show so I did a search to find out who was responsible. Those of you interested in graphic design might enjoy perusing the company's info...Airside.
Peace to anyone and everyone who reads here...and as far as replying to comments, I'm going to change and try mainly to reply within the comment section.