Friday, February 23, 2007

TAST: WIP with Fly Stitches...

This is stitched on a yarn-embellished piece of painted and stamped Peltex. That’s my favorite stitching surface because it doesn’t need to be hooped. Also, I’ve discovered that running it under the embellisher softens it up a little, making it even easier to work with.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Field Trip...

I haven’t done any stitching for the past few days because I have a nasty sty on my eyelid (thanks to that darned Algerian eyestitch, no doubt!). Anyway, it doesn’t hurt anymore – just itches so I guess it’s beginning to heal.

Yesterday, for the first time, I accompanied DH to City Hall in Philly to help him set up a courtroom for an electronic presentation. I usually just assist him with the preparation work here, i.e. scanning photographs or synching videotaped depositions to written transcripts (time stamping). DH goes to court and sits next to the attorney he represents and pulls up whatever graphics are needed to display on the screen. (Behind the scenes, he spends hours with the attorneys as they prepare their cases.) Anyway, while court was in session yesterday, I sat in the back and observed how the jury reacted. It’s amazing how an image on the screen will really get their attention! And, after an absolutely brilliant and eloquent opening statement from our attorney, the plaintiff decided it would be in his best interest to settle. And the judge wholeheartedly agreed. There was general euphoria on our side! I got a real lesson in civics yesterday and found the whole legal process fascinating. No wonder DH loves his work!

One of the lawyers we represent

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

TAST: Feather Stitches

I decided to add some beaded feather stitches to my encrusted sampler (Lesson 6 - Personal Stitch Library course at Joggles). I think this is done, although I keep picking it up and adding more beads and stitches…

Sunday, February 11, 2007

TAST (from the past): Buttonhole Stitch Sampler

I stitched this postcard on a painted and yarn-embellished Peltex background. I didn’t start with any kind of plan or design. What a joy it was to just let the threads sort of do their thing - and not worry about counting! I’m not quite sure if this is done, but I will put it aside and let it percolate awhile. Hmmmm, looking around the studio, there seems to be an awful lot of percolatin’ going on…

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

TAST: Algerian Eye Stitch Sampler

This is a fun and useful little stitch but I’m blurry-eyed from counting the linen threads…

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Nature Journal: Dried Bracken Fern

It’s cold and the forecast is calling for snow mixed with rain. Here is a drawing of a dried bracken fern.