Sitting Around

I am finding that fatigue is my biggest enemy at the moment.  I try to stitch but have to stop and lie down again as I tire so easily.  My friend Maxine sent me a link to this You Tube music.  No matter what happens with the virus life goes on and people find ways to interact. 

I found this very uplifting.




Not a lot of work as I am struggling with fatigue.

The cross stitch progresses, with set backs.  Quite a bit of unpicking, I just can't concentrate to count.

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And to the Textile Artist on-line workshop, the piece goes in fits and starts.

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I hadn't realised just how much I am influenced by the sea that surrounds our island.  This piece responds to the ebb and flow of the surrounding waters.  As to stitches I have chosen, I really didn't make a conscious choice, I just followed how I felt,  This is a very relaxing way to work.

Mexican Embroidery

I love this traditional Mexican song, La Sandunga, and I really like The Guitar version of it.


For specticale,  this version by Natalia Jimenez is just wonderful.  The costumes are all based on traditional Mexican designs and the embroidery takes your breath away.  (If you go to You Tube you can see the detail.)


Here is a link to the translation of the lyrics.

Lila Downs  version is so good I will include it as well.  She is dressed in traditional Mayan Indian clothes.



First Marks

When I went to start my mark making for 'Stitch Camp' I found that all my acrylic paint tubes were either empty or dried out.  Not a good start.  Paint and I do not have a good relationship.  I had to wait until I could get to the mainland, where I'm trying not to go, to get some more.  Then the instructions said "mix till it looks like cream". I added to much water and had to add more paint so now I have two jars of diluted paint.  But I have made my marks and am waiting for it to dry.

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It is raining cats and dogs here.  This might take some time. But, I couldn't wait so I set the paint with the iron.  The next step was to deconstruct the two pieces of fabric and then reconstruct them ready for stitching.

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I think I will leave this overnight and come back to it.

I have lots of left over painted fabric to use for other things.


I am busy sewing new samples for my Machine Finishing class and have taken an applique I did a while ago and turned it into a piped cushion with a hidden zip.

First I had to unpick the old pillow, unpicking is so boring.


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This is always a difficult set of techniques to master so I have been on the look out for another way of doing it, and although not simple, I think I have found a new better way.   I'm happy how this has turned out.  There are some improvements I think I can make to the process.

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And how the zipper worked.

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I am also beavering away at my cross stitch and am at the half way mark of stitching the design.

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I also have to go back and have another Covid test.  I'm not looking forward to standing in that line.