Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Putting my toe in
I've decided to test the waters as a blogger. I wrote a few posts for the Stitching Post blog, which I enjoyed very much, but I didn't want to hog the blog. Then I decided I really wanted to participate in the upcoming Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge from sharon b's in a minute ago textile blog starting in January and you need a blog to fully particpate. So here I am.
I love all kinds of needlework. At one time I did many cross stitch reproduction samplers, then I moved on to other stitches, threads and even needlepoint pillows. Now I'm in love with stumpwork and silk threads and I'm moving away from kits to try my own designs. But, as much as I love needlework, I also want to be able to write about all the other things I enjoy and hopefully find people who will share their ideas and when I am stumped, their helpful hints.
So as well as stitching posts, you'll see book reviews, concerns about conservation, bird watching observations, thoughts on learning to play classical guitar and soon the lute, gardening plans and maybe successes, my attempts to draw and paint, a little sewing, and maybe even a few hints from a horse show mom.
As a picture for my first post I chose my biggest and I think best work to date. This is a needlework picture of Chawton Cottage in England, Jane Austen's last home. We visited in 2005 and I took lots of photos. When we came home I did a watercolour paining of the gardens and house and then decided to convert the painting to stitching for an exhibit our EGA chapter was putting up at the local botanical garden. It was so much fun to try all the different threads and ribbons I used for this piece. I usually had a stitch book open to try new stitches for the flowers and leaves.