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I Was Here


  01:51:00 am, by Airycat   , 540 words  
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I Was Here

And then I wasn't here and I wasn't stitching? And I wasn't reading either. Or gardening. In fact, I really didn't do much of anything the whole of 2014. My energy crisis is still not resolved, but we're working on it.

 I have missed stitching, especially. And reading. My tablet gave out just after Christmas 2013 and so I have a lot of catching up to do on blog reading. I received a new tablet this Christmas and started catching up the other day, but still have plenty to read. This Christmas I also received about eight books. Seven of them are fiber art books. Woohoo! A couple of them are good reads, but not a whole lot more. By ?more? I mean there are no projects or practice examples to do. One of those turned out to be something I already knew pretty well. (computer printing on fabric) I would like to go through the rest of them trying out the samples, and if not the projects, I would like, at least, to make some samples of my own, using those projects' techniques.

Well, I can't say I haven't been doing anything at all. I did work on making kaleidoscope designs ?a lot. There's something very soothing about a kaleidoscope when you're too tired to do anything else. The other day I discovered a tutorial on how to create vector images. I'm hoping that I can take some of my kaleidoscope designs and turn them into embroidery designs to share. This will take me a while, however. I haven't quite figured it out yet. I want to stitch up a couple of them, myself.

Hopefully, 2015 will be a better year. I have lots of things on my list and a bunch of UFOs that I need to finish.

 After reading several blogs where the bloggers chose a word for the year, I decided to choose a word also. Actually, I think I've done this before, but then never followed up on it. This year I hope I follow through. I have chosen the word that's really good for me, one I need to pay attention to. That word is ?focus.? As someone with ADD, I always have a gazillion things going at once. Too often, none of them gets done. I'm hoping that as I meditate on the word focus, it will help me to keep on track and get things done. At least, more done than before.

The only major stitching project, that I have in mind, is a crazy quilt/memory quilt of my mom. I have the basics worked out in my head. The blocks will be fairly large and use fabrics that she really liked. (Some of it was hers.) It will total nine blocks. On the center block, will be a photograph of her. I'd like to get the blocks created this month and then work on one every month or two. I think I can finish the embroidery and embellishment in one month, but I don't want to put pressure on myself. And did I say I wanted the blocks to be large? I'm thinking about 18 inches square. I may change that as I'm putting them together depending on how they look at the fabrics I have.

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