My thumbs actually cramped at some points with “The Weight She Carries”. I don’t use a hoop, finding it very inhibiting, and some evenings, the left metacarpophalangeal especially would go whooooong and lock up, while the other would join company screaming in unison with the sore pads of the right hand pushing fingers! I also started hitching my right shoulder as i’d manipulate the fabric to get the right angle and direction for stitching from. Lordie, i *do* have “an old embroidery injury” now, several maybe!
After thinking i had an extra day and a half to finish, it turned out i didn’t, so the push was ON. Fortunately, there wasn’t as much as i thought there was to do, since this one has more void space than normal in my work. I didn’t want to clutter up the figure, preferring it be implied rather than obvious, so a bit more of the roses and we were done that part. A slight scattering of honeycombs, some rootie vining across the gnarlied areas and BOOM, ready to stretch/mount on its frame.
Here’s the “official” Contextural exhibit poster. ACAD is in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, something not mentioned on the poster.
A few days “off” from stitching because of the Yoshiko Wada dye workshop on Wed and Thurs,(i have plans for those results, though we are doing only small small samples) and then i’ll be back at it with something i’m working on to submit to the Canadian SDA national exhibit “Edge of the Forest”. Can’t show it though, as it will be blind jurying! Suffice it to say, that it too will probably result in more phalangeal phuzting, comphlaining and phpain until the Oct 1st deadline………oh, what we do for love!
I need to finish some projects too, but may end up doing that by cannabalizing and revamping!
While i am “relaxing”, how lucky i am! A friend entrusted lending her big beautiful very expensive copy of Dominique Cardon’s “Natural Dyes” book to me for a few days of personal reading, research and note taking! I WANT A COPY!!!!!! My dye garden is not that extensive after all, it being a strange summer weather wise, from 30C+ temps and intense sun to days of 12C and pissin’ cold rain, so the poor plants can’t make up their minds whether to grow or seed, or something in between which results in rather strange little reproductive games. Ah well, i did get things to grow, and learned what to do for next year,
and with the help of this wonderful tome, i will have new information and ideas to try out. EDIT: After perusing this book, while i learned a few new things, some history and some science--very important to this dyer—it’s not something i will add to my library after all. Very spendy and no recipes really, though a wonderfully clear and beautiful book. If someone *gave* me a copy however :) , i’d be happy, but just can’t justify the expense.
Today though, i’m just going to dance in my garden!