Thursday, February 20, 2020

Trying to get back to work

I've been having a tough time getting back to creating in the studio, I'm doing my usual stitching but I'm not feeling the usual enthusiasm. Maybe I need a longer break, or I just haven't recovered from the break I took. At any rate this is what I've done this week.

2020 Weekly leaf, the Burr Oak Series week 7 & 8 - all caught up.

week 7, Solarfast on cotton

Week 8, Solarfast on vintage silk taffeta

SAQA's next 100 days, days 14-20

I've finished the stitching on the last 20" sq. napkin and I must say it's not my favorite.

But it is done.

Normally I would have another daily stitching project ready to start, but I don't and right now I don't even have any half formed ideas floating around, so I'll be taking a break for at least a few days.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, February 13, 2020


I'm back home after spending two wonderful weeks in Thailand. A few of the highlights were an indigo dying class, a Thai cooking class(yum), a day playing with elephants,

lots of temples,

lots of Buddha's,

fresh food markets,
beach time on an island,
exotic fruits,

time with my daughter and granddaughter, and much more. It's taken me a few days to recover from jet lag after our 30 hour journey home which included a quick tour of Seoul, Korea during a 12 hour layover. 

Stitching was minimal on this trip.

Week #5  and #6 , Burr Oak leaf series

SAQA Next 100 Days, days 1-13

I'm slowly getting back into the studio and my normal life, but I'm not in a rush to do so. I think I may have needed this break.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A few new projects and an upcoming trip

I never got to a doing a blog post last week and I'll be leaving for a couple of weeks later this week, so you get one post to cover it all.

I've made 2 donation tops, the quilting will have to wait till I get back.

The final outside stitching and facing were put onto the tree.

On February 1, SAQA is starting another 100 days project. I'm ready to go and will have several pieces with me to stitch on my travels. I started with a piece of silk that I had screen printed about a decade ago.
Flannel was fused to the back and it was cut up into 5" squares, all ready to stitch. At the end of the 100 Days they will all be rearranged and sewn back together. Right now they re lined up ready to go.

2020 Daily Stitching, rainbow scraps
Last week it looked like this
Now it looks like this.

2020 Weekly Leaf, The Burr Oak Leaf Series
Week #3, cyanotype, color removed with TSP and then soaked in tea.

Week #4, Cyanotype, color removed with TSP and then soaked in red wine

I've started another "25 Million Stitches" panel, this time I'm using part of a vintage pillowcase and some of my very old embroidery floss.

This will be going with me also and I have no plans for it, I'm just doing some freeform stitching.

I'll be flying to Washington State later this week to spend a couple of days with family, then my daughter, granddaughter and I will be flying to Thailand!!! I'm very excited! The blog posts should return around the middle of February.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Rainbows, A Tree and An Oak Leaf

My tree is stitched and now I need to add the white stitching around the outer edge and the facing.

My original plan had been to stitch a background but when I finished the tree it felt complete. I posted this on Instagram and asked if it needed a background and the overwhelming response was leave it alone. So my gut feeling that it was complete was right. I'm very pleased with how it came out, especially after struggling to get it started.

You can find me on Instagram @thrulindaseyes

2020 Daily Stitching #1
I've finished the outer circle and will now begin stitching the scraps I showed last week down.

2020 Weekly Leaf, Burr Oaks #2
This one is a cyanotype that has had the color removed with TSP.

Hubby got good news last week, his Oncologist gave him a clean bill of health. Of course we have to go in every three months for CT scans as a precaution. Tomorrow he sees the surgeon, has the remaining stent removed and hopefully can return to full activities. He's feeling better and has started riding the exercise bike to get some stamina back, the whole process was really tough on his body. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to all of you for the good wishes, prayers, etc.

I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"