Friday, October 29, 2010
At Cantigny they nurtured their mums so they formed perfect mounds.We really liked this golden plant--I think it would be great in a garden.
It is definitely fall here now. We had two days of wild winds and many of the trees are bare now. (Our dead elm lost all of it's bark and now it's shivering naked in the chilly air!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
I worked on many other things, too, but wasn't up to getting pictures yet. Satin stitch leaves in many shades of green on an old stamped pillowcase for a garden border. I picked up the crewel needlebook that had been languishing in my pile. I designed and stitched four ornament samples for next month's class at the YMCA--I also cut out sequin waste to use to decorate them and I cut out felt shapes for backgrounds. Busy hands help the time pass.
Monday, October 18, 2010
On Friday night I made this mari. Step one for a temari ball. The center is shredded paper from my office shredder. In a knee-high nylon with a run. It's bigger than I intended but I made some choices I'll make differently next time. I began with black wool, then some thinner navy wool yarn. That was fine. I topped it with random thread--mostly in peaches and greens. Very pretty on the blue wool but, hmmm, when I went to wrap the white top layer, I began to see the error of my choices. I ended up using two spools of white thread for the top layer, just to cover up all of those dark colors. I've learned.
Now I need to decide what to do with my big fat mari. I spent some time browsing in my book thinking about what I like and why I like it.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Since I monitor outreach for the Great Lakes Region, I've been hearing about Kissing Pillows lately from other chapters. The concept began with the Yellow Rose EGA chapter in Texas and spread. My EGA chapter, Needle Artisans of Northwest Indiana (NANI), was asked to participate by a member who learned about the project through Chicago ANG (American Needlepoint Guild). The text at the bottom is from the Yellow Rose Chapter outreach page.
The offshoot project NANI is participating in plans to provide 1100 pillows for the Navy helicopter squadron of the brother of a local Chicago ANG member. The squadron will be deploying in early 2011. They use 14 count aida, three colors of floss, and about two-hours of stitching time. If you would like to participate in this project, e-mail me.
The response has been overwhelming. A very special project that we hoped would express our gratitude for the sacrifices of our servicemen and women has more than filled our expectations and has mushroomed into something that touches the hearts of everyone.
In the fall of 2006, Yellow Rose began offering the project to all Embroiderers’ Guild of America chapters. In November 2006, the project was offered to chapters of the American Needlepoint Guild. The goal was to have needlework chapters stitching for military units across the United States. ... For more information or to participate, please contact Yellow Rose.
Cantigny was the estate of Robert R. McCormick, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It includes his home and estates. There are two musems, on about McCormick and one focusing on WWI and the First Divison (with a tank "garden"), which we did not look at this trip. We needed to be outside.
This is the view from our lunch table--this is the starting edge of the gardens.
There are a number of gardens to stroll through, including a inspiring "idea garden." I was astounded to see the rose garden still in bloom. The photo at the top of this posting is a distance shot of the rock garden.
I took several photos. I've decided to space them out and share them over the next week. It was so nice to see all of the blooming plants and colors. I know this lovely weather can't hold out forever and the trees here are already loosing their leaves. (I hope it does a bit longer--my bruised toe is much happier in open sandals than in shoes. It rarely hurts but I'm generally aware of it and it bleeds a bit in shoes.)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It was really fun and I got a tad obsessive about seeing what how the next row looked. I also found it very hard on both of my hands and I ached.
But I already want to redo this using the things I've learned. She said you could use shredded paper for the center of the mari. I have lots of shredded paper....
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Back when I felted the little "nuts" for the acorn necklaces, I also felted this big nut (it's about an inch-and-a-half to two inches long). I had a plan but then I couldn't find the bright blue wool remnant I knew was right there. I found it in my cleaning Saturday morning, stopped cleaning and sat down and made the detached buttonhole cap. It was nice but a bit dull, so Sunday morning I added the overlay in finer wool (a remnant from the shrug my s-i-l made me for my birthday). Also detached buttonhole. I have no idea what it is. An ornament, I guess.I realized I may not get to my Homewood Guild meeting in November due to a trip coming up. Each year we put on a display at the Irwin Center in Homewood and each member is obligated to contribute. I brought my pieces early to turn in so I wouldn't forget. I needed three ornaments. The two below were nearly done so I got them finished.I finished sewing the backing onto the ornament below just about ten minutes before leaving for the meeting.
Friday, October 8, 2010
On Tuesday before my EGA chapter meeting, friends and I were having our usual dinner at our usual Chinese place. Now, I live in Cook County, Illinois--a place that is virtually smoke free and I'm very happy about it. I react badly to smoke of all types--wheezing and headaches and even migraines. I also live on the border of Indiana, which is the land of cheap cigarettes (well, cheaper) and smoking. My usual tactic is to simply remove myself from places where there is smoking. These days smokers can be very defensive and belligerent if confronted. (As much as I dislike smoking and being around it, I can also understand how hard it can be to be constantly vilified for doing something you consider your right.)
So, we're in a restaurant in Indiana and a diner at a nearby table lights up. It's a very small place. I quietly tell my friends I'm going to get my dinner to go (we hadn't ordered yet). After we placed our orders, I got up to stand at the other end of the room, near the carry-out pick-up window. The owner was there and he noticed me and asked if anything was wrong. I explained, I thought quietly, that I couldn't be around the smoke and was going to take my order as a carryout.
Much to my surprise (and a little embarrassment) the woman who was smoking put her cigarette out and came up to me and told me to sit back down. She said that I was out with my friends and needed to enjoy my evening and she could certainly do without a cigarette. I was flabbergasted.
So I did. I had a nice dinner with my friends. The smoker and her husband had a nice dinner. We all made sure to thank them for their kindness. She repeated that friends are special and it was right that I should have my nice dinner out with them.
Even now, a few days later, I'm amazed and so very pleased by this one woman's thoughtful action. I was still very touched after the meeting and came home and told my husband. He was also quite touched. So now I'm telling you.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
All of these photos were taken of the same piece in natural lighting. It's amazing to me how the lighting varies. The bottom one is truest to color, I think.
I'm thinking about Phase II.