Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Home Again

My "Once Upon A Time" casket is home!
Thank you Winterthur for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of your exhibit "Embroidery: The Thread of History".
It was a magical experience from beginning to end.
  

So now it is time to get to work on the next casket. 

Oops, I mean the next two caskets!

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Mountains

The mountains are taking shape at the top of the panel.
 

As I stitch I am making notes of all the details I will come back to later, details I will be adding in 3D or with beads.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Trying To Get It Right

I had fun stitching Bubbledom....

...until I stepped back and looked at it in context with the rest of the map. Too dark and gloomy so....

I took it out. Not only didn't I like the color but....

I decided I didn't like the design either. So I redrew and restitched.

I am happy.

I am still happy.

I had to tweak one tower. I am replacing the original figures with little 3D dolls. Here is the first prototype.
I am still happy! 

Friday, January 4, 2019

A New Background

I spent most of New Year's Day making changes to my map. 
I didn't like the color or texture of my background choice. I dyed a batch of plum/black wool and love it in the background.
I also removed the red stitching that said 'the world of possibilities' . I am rethinking how I will add that title to that space.

How it looks for now!

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year Wishes and Progress

My New Year Resolution to support.
(Stitched in 2016. Feel free to share in social media of your choice.) 

My hand dyed palette to stitch with. Dyeing wool for a new project is one of my favorite steps.

Work on another corner begins.

I have taken this corner to a different decorative level than the earlier stitching has reached. The challenge now is to bring everything to the same level of decorative fun.
Happy New Year! 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Two Days In A Row!

Can you believe I am blogging two days in a row?!

Ruthie, Joseph and Rocketland are very close to complete. It was a good stitching day!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Map Progress

I have been working on the map. I began with the river. The river begins in the Golden Rule Mountains, flows down through the Village and then divides. One branch flows through Bubbledom.

Here is a close-up of the river flowing through Bubbledom.

The other branch of the river flows pass the StairPalace into the River of Stars.

This morning I started stitching Ruthie.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What's Stitching Now

I am still finalizing plans for casket 3. Meanwhile I have two other projects to work on. 
The first is this piece about accentuating the positive. It was a rug hooking pattern from way back when. I adapted it to my family, the affirmative portion of the drawing. I drew this out and started stitching over a year ago.
  


This is how far I am as of this last weekend. It doesn't get picked up often but it is getting done slowly.


For a while I considered putting a map of my World of Possibilities on the back panel of casket 3. It was too much information in a small space.


So I decided to do a separate embroidery of the map. I did all of the drawing and design work for this on my IPad Pro. It was fun to work at one scale then print it out to the size I want to stitch it.


Here are the two designs so you can get a sense of the scale. I plan to stitch the map in wool. I have missed working in wool.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Oh What A Night

My casket journey officially began in early May 2013 with this sketch. 

 
 
5 years later I had the extraordinary experience of exhibiting the finished casket at Winterthur Museum .
 


All of this happened because of the two women with me in the photo above and a few years of stitching. In the middle is Linda Eaton, Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur Museum. She was looking for a contemporary piece of embroidery to include in her newest show at Winterthur, "Embroidery: The Thread of History." On the right is Tricia Nguyen of Thistle Threads and the mastermind behind the casket renaissance.
Tricia shared my work with Linda, Linda asked if I would be willing to ship my box to the museum for a few months and I said yes. I think we make a great team! 

   
Here I am meeting Linda for the first time and finally seeing my casket on display. Didn't the museum do a beautiful job!?



Friends from Indiana came to see the show! How sweet was that?

 
  
There was an  embroidery conference held in conjunction with the show. The night before several "Casketeers" from Tricia's classes met for dinner. I took my second casket along for show and tell. Even the wait staff stopped to look.
 

On the Friday night of the conference there was a reception and I got the chance meet attendees in the gallery and talk about my work. They even let me bring the second casket into the gallery just for that evening. This is where today's blog title comes in. 
This is an evening I am not likely to forget, ever.
One of the very best parts was finally meeting so many of you, my blog readers. Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourselves! I truly had no idea there were so many, so interested. So today I will start again with chronicling the ups and downs of casket 3. Casket 3!? Who knows where this journey will lead next.   

Another sketch from that first blog post. This Winterthur experience was certainly a 'ta da' moment.
 

Outside the museum resting and soaking up the rays. It is very hard work having so much fun. 


Thursday, October 11, 2018

From the Phone

 


Free motion machine embroidery and blogging from the phone , two experiments

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Castle of the Dragon Prince and an Announcement

This is where the Dragon Prince lives. It is also Ruthie's home. The gold mines ("He who has the gold rules") run under the castle. Other tunnels link to the Enchanted Forest and points beyond.
The story continues on Casket 3.
If you would like to see Casket 1 in person it will be on display in the exhibition, "Embroidery: The Thread Of History" from Oct. 6, 2018 until Jan. 6, 2019 at Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, DE.
Or better yet join us for a delightful conference about all things embroidery.

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