Sunday, 22 April 2018

Not One, Not Two, Not Even Three....

....but 4 herons have arrived at the pond.
Can you spy the fourth?!
He wandered up the stream into the woods.

They seem to like the spot where the stream
enters the pond.
Only one caught a fish as far as we could see.

They must be wishing they stayed in warmer climes a bit longer.
It is so very cold here still.

One morning the Rusty Pups and I stepped outside
to photograph.  I was barefoot and really regretted that decision!

Stitching on six of the Stone Pathways is done.
Six more to go.

Stitching dots around dotty rocks!

 My little backstitched dots remind me of a dress I had
as a toddler many, many moons ago.
It was made of that cotton lawn Swiss dot fabric
covered in little raised dots.
Perhaps that dress is the reason I grew into a tactile person!
Don't you have to touch everything?
On-line shopping is difficult for people like me!
Have a tactile day!

Monday, 9 April 2018

In the Absence of Thread

 My thread order has arrived
Must say,  it's been fascinating watching it's progress
through the postal system
as it came northwards from Louisiana.

As I waited I worked on new beginnings.
Stitching together new pathways from scraps left over from
last year's stones.
Surprisingly the brown family of scraps seem to belong
with a few precious pieces of silk that I have been saving
for just the right opportunity.

And the greys seem to go perfectly with a couple of linens.

 One of last year's stones was cut out of a favourite grey silk.
I remember at the time being shocked that I would do such a thing.
Recently I came across the silk amidst the stone scraps
and was shocked once again to see a great big round hole in it!
So decided now is the time to honour it in it's entirety.
 I have been thinking a lot about darning and mending recently.
My initial thought was to just darn the hole
but then....

....I spied a square of ruching that has been looking for just the right home.
It fit perfectly over my stoney hole
and I like it.

Three new pieces to in their infancy.

But for now back to stitching Stone Pathway backgrounds.

Monday, 26 March 2018

When You Run Out Of Thread....

....You take the opportunity to work on
other (and thank goodness smaller) commitments.
Small 10" squares for a show
"East Meets West"
organized by

To my surprise I think this one is finished
despite the fact that it is not covered in stitch
from edge to edge.

On the other hand this one is certainly
stitched to the max.

....Then you move on to start new work.
I have saved all the small offcuts from "Stone Pathways".
This break from stitching has allowed me to organize them
into colours and....

 ....and arrange them onto 2" squares....

....then sew them together
into what could end up as a stone or cobbled pathway?

And with time to breathe this week
you sit and appreciate wonderful linens
given to you by a friend.
Thank you Andrea!

Winter seems to have arrived in Spring this year!
I am freeeeezing
Perhaps next week the snow and the cold will go away.

Eagerly awaiting my thread order
needed to finish "Stone Pathways".

Monday, 12 March 2018

Tiptoeing Around Some Old Favourites

Three done
Nine more to go

I am enjoying rediscovering old favourites
as I stitch around them.

Love this colouring in between the lines
Need to explore this style further I think.

Silk allows tiny stitches
and takes the natural dye so deliciously.

Last year with the birth of our second granddaughter
pink started appearing in my work with more regularity.
But, I am having problems with my eyes
and Handy Hubby assures me this one is actually peach!

Perhaps I had better start working in black and white!

This one makes me smile.
I imagine it as creature of some sort
wearing a sweatband.
Brings back the sixties in a flash!

Now I need to rush out and find some more
embroidery floss.
Each 'pathway' takes a bit more than two skeins!

I hope you can stitch to your hearts content today.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Drawing with Dots in Ink and Stitch

 On Saturday I took a break from wrapping the edges of Stone Pathways
to take a dot drawing workshop at University Sainte Anne
with John Browning.
Learning how other artists approach their work
and how they view the world around them
enriches my world.
By the way this 'drawing' is teeny tiny!
I found this way of drawing to be very meditative
and really enjoyed getting lost in the process.
Just like stitching

On Sunday I tested another background filler
with one of my old favourites....
....row upon irregular row of stab stitch.
Too busy for this particular piece.

Us stitchers use dots too!
I tested row upon row of lumpy dots
using the backstitch as opposed to running stitch.
I like how the backstitch sits proud of the fabric layers
as opposed to running stitch
which sinks in.

That's more like it
now, when I run my fingers over the cloth, I feel tiny little bumps
just like gravel on a pathway.
I think I have decided how to stitch the background
but, boy oh boy, that is a lot of stitching!
I found that wrapping the edge of each pathway
takes three hours.
Many, many more hours to go!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Staying Connected Across The Miles

Living many miles away from my grand babies is hard for me.
I seek different ways of staying in touch
and one of them is
to draw little scenes that I think will tickle a
three year old's fancy
and drop them in the mail.

This week I tried to draw one of her many
book characters
the Gruffalo!

 and two of his woodland friends.

 She likes pictures of things she does.

Then, when she gets them, she colours them in.
This one obviously arrived just in time
for a Maple Leafs game.
Big fans in that family!

A collaboration between generations!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Places Where The Edges Are

Whipping around the edges of Stone Pathways

Moving inwards from the edges
Running stitch with white thread creates ripples
my thinking is that stones in a pathway
would be surrounded by speckles of sand or gravel.
So I think I will try a colour thread....
....but it can't distract from the stones.

From stitching to walking

We walked the edge of the Annapolis Basin

Looking backwards towards Annapolis Royal
All of that grassland disappears at high tide.
We are safe atop the dyke
which was built by the French in 17th Century.

Looking inland
they built the dykes to protect the lowlands
that stretch towards the North Mountain.

Where the water's edge gets closer to the dyke
huge blocks of basalt act s protection against erosion.

The Rusty Pups use their noses
to learn about who has come down to the dyke in the night.
They often find snail shells
which the seagulls pick up on the mud flats at low tide
and carry to the dyke where they throw them on the ground
to break through to their dinner.

Leaving the water's edge and moving back inland.

I hope the sun shines for you today.