I am tired up with teaching this week and have little time to do anything else. But I did see a sweater on Kate Davies site that my daughter says she would like for winter.
Not much to report this week except that I am teaching every day and that doesn't leave much time for anything else.
But I do try to do a few lines of the Kogin each day. I still have quite a bit to go.
There is a wonderful post on friend Pam's blog about an exhibition she saw at the Adelaide Art Gallery in South Australia. This exhibition is work of the Yarrenyty Arltere women. I was so taken by their work this sent me looking for their web and facebook pages so that I could learn more.
These women come from Alice Springs so they are desert people. There are lots of wonderful artists out there but this is the first time I have seen indigenous women stitching. They not only stitch but they use old blankets that they dye with natural dyes first as their base cloth.
Having lived in Arnhem Land I really appreciate the humour that is distinctly theirs and I can imagine those women stitching and laughing at their own work. I love the thoughts of this artist who has given her pieces two heads because she has two thoughts in her head at the same time, should she stitch but she would like to go into town as well! I felt exactly the same hanging out the washing and thinking I should be hosing the garden and was pulled between the two.
The other thing that struck me was how much they like stitching for exactly the same reasons we like stitching but they are far more insightful about their experience. Marlee Rubuntja says:
In 2009 I came to the art centre, I thought , I'll try this. And now I come everyday. Then I got strong for this art centre, I love this art. In 2009 I didn't see properly what was happening, how this art was getting me strong. In my head and heart I grew all these ideas and I started feeling well again. Now I feel like a strong woman, I like talking for this place, this art because I want others to be encouraged to get strong also. When we first started sewing we were in kindergarten, then we started focusing properly and moving to primary school, then high school then university- and now I'm waiting to be a professor of sewing! Look out world, I might sew Parliament House!!
Thinking about the week 1 TAST challenge this section of stitching using just running stitch an old dyed wool blanket and wool yarn, that looks like it comes from Lindcraft or Spotlight, is inspirational.
I have finished the last design for my series of embroideries about Peace. But I'm not sure how this is going to stitch out, it could be great or a disaster. Actually, the last saying "Peace is in your hand" is probably the most forceful of all the embroideries in the sentiments it expresses.
I have these embroideries framed, ( in cheap frames) and hung on the wall behind my computer and there are one or two that I think need to be restitched. The designs are good but the choice of stitches selected is not. I think that is a job for the future. I will just be pleased to get them finished at this stage.
After I had designed this I sat down and made up one of the kits I bought in Houston from Odile Bailoeul.
I just love her fabric designs and this backed velvet is fantastic to sew. This is Hercule the cat. (Notice all the feet for my machine are back in the cabinet. I don't want to lose one again.)
The instructions that came with the kit are terrific. Her method of construction is so simple that I had the whole thing finished in under 20 minutes, I need to add a tassel on the zipper yet. Oh Dear! Reading her instructions again I find I have invented another way to construct a bag! I didn't follow her instructions at all!
This is one bag pattern I am going to add to my folio of bags. I will put together a little tutorial when I make the next one.
I have a lovely, big , Canon camera. It takes amazing photos BUT it weights a ton. Put a big lens on it and it weighs two ton!
I have been thinking about buying a new camera after seeing the Sony that Pam and Rose had in Guatemala. Yesterday I picked it up from the store along with an extra big lens, batteries and cards plus the camera case the shop assistant said would go with it.
Problem! The camera case is too small I am going to have to take it back and get a bigger one.
Just because they sound knowledgeable doesn't mean that they really are. I should have checked. Now I have another long trip back into town.