say cheese

10 Jan

All my samples want their day in the sun…..i’ve never spent as much time on this stage before, but i seem to have the patience and interest this “go round” 🙂 No more Instant Gratification Girl here!

I’ve been working diligently on these every morning, then walk the DogFaced Girl for an hour or so (and shovel walks and feed the birds and squirrels) to refresh my brain and body, then make a few more notes and switch to some handwork. Seems to be the best way now for me. I feel i’m getting things done even if they aren’t are ready for public view. (Ya wanna know how i feel about Lalage  —my sewing machine by the way for the uninitiated, pronounced La-loj, with a soft j  —-  go read Patricia’s post and you’ll get it 🙂 OH MY!!!!!! )

I’m playing with strange shapes, nodules and holes, manipulation, various thread weights, colour combinations and lots of free motion. Before i know it, each day i’ve got 4 hours worth of samples and notes, building quite a library. I don’t know how long it will be before i actually use some of the ideas in finished work, but that ain’t a bad thing. Maybe that’s why i have so many UNfinished pieces–couldn’t get to the next step after trying some wonderful new thing that couldn’t stand on its own.






I’ve also noticed that with my own work i then question as to how to get the same effect, or close at least, in hand work. I do love that ol’ push the needle by hoofie aspect, but i know it’s not all “translate-able”, not a bad thing either: new ideas come or can be accented that way.

There are also these that i previously posted:


pink heart 1 c

heart 2exp panic jan 2 detail c

domes2 c

circlesprogram1 c

And by the way, the StitchinFingers Machine Embroidery group is now open for “bizness”!!!


2 responses to “say cheese

  1. marginmirror

    January 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    That’s the thing about samples — sometimes they seem so precious that they just have to be something…don’t they? I find that it’s only when they’re truly terrible that I can discard them or hide them away. Otherwise, I want to make are of them, too! (Witness what I’ve been working on this week!!)


  2. Maggi

    January 11, 2013 at 3:02 am

    These are great sample, you appear to be in the zone at the moment. I know that you will have a great new body of work once they are ready for you.


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