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March 2014


Why does it have to rain just when we are having the house painted, when we are ready to move downstairs, when I have to teach, when there are functions I should attend?

It has been raining all week.  The ground is saturated, the dogs are bored and the paint doesn't want to dry in the damp.   The painters were supposed to be starting on the outside of the house but that is not going to happen.  The forcaste is for rain for another week.  The wet weather is normally over by this time of the year but not this year.


The quickest way to move furniture from upstairs to down stairs is out the front door, down the street (we live on a corner), and in through the garage. But, it is raining.  I am going to be able to carry all the small stuff up and down the stairs but the big stuff will have to go out in the rain.    It doesn't look as though I have much stuff but I know I do. 

Added to this the draws holding my fabric stash collapsed.  It was all stored in Ikea metal draws that you put into wardrobes.  The floor in the box room is on a slight slope and that put pressure on the metal joints that all gave way.  Fabric everywhere and nowhere to put it.   Part of the problem was that I had too much fabric in there and the slope plus the weight was too much.


I have a class next weekend "Exploring more stitches" and because there is so many different threads involved I make up kits.  Sixteen leaves with most having three different colours in each one.  Just preparing the threads takes days and I have to move downstairs right when I should be making up kits.


And finally the Guild is having a High Tea to celebrate  Mothers Day.  I have 200 muffins to bake.  Why did all this have to happen at the same time?

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The work of a friend

Paula embroidered this bodice on a dress for her grand daughter and then decided that she would keep it for something else.  (She also has a blouse rather like this that she did for herself.)


It is an original design free hand drawn onto fabric and then stitched using DMC stranded cotton.


It is almost too nice to let a child wear.  Here are some more close-ups of the stitching.






I came across the work of Linda Behar an embroiderer of realistic scenes.  Some free stitched others in cross stitch.  All small and perfectly formed.  Just the kind of thing that lifts your spirit.

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There are a number of works in the gallery on her website, all worth looking at and all are perfect.

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all images are from her website