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FOR MAX

Do you remember that little lion I embroidered last winter? You probably don’t. He was based off a sheet that I got in a box of patterns, which I purchased at a yard sale for a loonie.

I made him because I had been sitting in a funk. A funk that originated from being overwhelmed by the big project. At that point in time I had been avoiding stitching all together. I needed something small that would remind me of how much I loved this craft. And he did a great job!

Although, when the piece was finished I had no plans for it. So, our little lion was tucked away in the craft caddy and was never seen again.

BUT THEN, this summer, I was looking after a little fellow who was celebrating his first birthday. I wanted to give him something handmade but did not have time to hand make something… until I was struck by a bolt of lightning.

Within a single stitching session I added the little guy’s name to the piece, as well as his birth date. It’s not as fancy as the birth chart that I made Lumyhna, but is just as fitting because this kid’s room is animal themed.

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Needless to say his Momma loved it! It’s currently hanging on the bedroom wall. I hope when this little lion man grows up, he knows how much I delighted in spending time with him.
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I am glad this project worked out, and that this lion got a home. This experience has taught me not to disregard any of the pieces I am working on, even if I don’t have a plan for them while I stitch away. Loving homes will always be found.

Have you made a baby gift recently? I feel like children are 90% of the people I stitch for. Have you ever added details to a piece after it was finished? Do you worry that it might be a lousy thing to do?  Let me know!


QUICK AND DIRTY

Have you ever had one of those afternoon where everything ends in a road block? You set out to be productive, and yet, nothing is yielded? The sort of day they sing about in the Friends theme song? Last week I had one of ’em. And it totally sucked.

After a morning which was spent buying the wrong coloured and lamenting that my parcel, containing the materials for my latest commission, had been lost by Canada Post. I seized what was left of my freetime and got down and dirty with a vintage cross stitch pattern. 48 hours later, and this is the result.

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As for now, I have no idea what to do with this fellow. It is very rare these days that I create something that does not have a purpose from the beginning. However, stitching this piece got me out a funk and allowed me to use up some of my excess materials.

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I know there have been sentiments shared before regarding the appearance of Aida cloth and how it frequently comes off as amateurish. I understand these viewpoints and have been encouraged lately to try my hand on linen, however, that is a different post. Part of the reason that I so thoroughly enjoyed stitching this piece was due to the 10 count Aida cloth. The squares are so big and cheerful, particularly in comparison to the 18 count I’ve been working with the last couple of weeks.

There are three more carousel creatures in the collection, which was designed by Carolyn E. Reenstra. But for now they’re back on my bookshelf for another set of the mean reds. …I just need to get a hold of more 10 ct. Aida – anyone up for a swap?

Do you have projects (big or small) that have pulled you out of a funk? What else do you do to get rid of the craftin’ blues?

 

 


PAT HUTCHINS

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I’ve been really enjoying the artwork of children’s illustrator Pat Hutchins recently. Her use of line, colour and pattern makes me want to read all of her books in  the library. Too bad the kids I work with find her simple story telling “boring,” I’ll just have to keep sneaking them in. Have a great weekend!


ELEPHANTINE DESIRES

The Elephant & Rooster, E.A. Douglas – 2012.


FUNCTIONAL FARM

Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of interesting animal sculptures. After spending a lot of time as a child on my grandparent’s farm, I’ve always had a soft spot for the beautiful creatures which many people make their living off of.

Jean Luc Cornec – Telephone Sheep

Yong Ho Ji 

Babis Panagiotidis – Trojaner 


Sayaka Ganz

Edouard Martinet

What a mechanical menagerie!