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  01:43:00 pm, by Airycat   , 88 words  
Categories: Fairy Quilt

Still Here

I have not forgotten, nor given up on this SAL. I was taking classes (most recently <em>Personal Library of Stitches</em> with Sharon B.) and really haven't had much time for this. Now I'm working on Thanksgiving and Christmas projects, so it may be 2011 before I get back to it.  If you get a comment on an old post or two, that'll probably be me catching up on your progress. I imagine many of you are already finished with this one. For me, it's a very long term project.


  02:05:00 pm, by Airycat   , 274 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery

Final Project, part 2

It isn't even supposed to be a "project." It's supposed to be a sampler. But it is turning into a project. It's much more than I had originally thought it would be. Not that I'm complaining. I'm enjoying doing it. I never would have thought I'd like hand embroidery as much as I do.

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  11:59:00 pm, by Airycat   , 327 words  
Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction

Everything by Kevin Canty

Everything by Kevin Canty

I didn't as much read this story as drift through it. I was caught up in the lives of RL, June, Layla, and to a lesser extent Betsy and Edgar, much the way we get caught up in the lives of people around us, particularly in a small town. It was an easy book to put down when I had other things to do, but also very easy to get back into it when I picked it up again.

This is what I call a quiet novel. There isn't a lot of exciting action. It's not that nothing happens, but none of it is remarkable. It's pretty normal, routine, even. Instead we are put into the heads of the main characters through their somewhat mundane lives. It was as if I were observing them. Their crises are also the normal every day kind that most people face. This is, in part, what made it so appealing to me. I found myself thinking about what was happening in their lives and thinking about my own life. I also found myself telling them to wake up or pay attention when I thought they weren't acting as they should or were missing something that I thought was obvious. While none of these characters was someone I totally identified with, they all nonetheless became people I cared about. They were real to me.

Even though there isn't much action, there is a definite turning point, an apex to the plotline. It's more than simply a set period of time in their lives. It has the requisite change that makes it a novel rather than an overlong vingette.

At first Canty's lack of quotation marks for his dialog bothered me, even tripped me up occasionally. But as I got into the story I didn't really notice it any more. Over all, his writing style is smooth, literate without being snooty or highbrow. I enjoyed this novel.

‎Monday, ‎November ‎08, ‎2010

Everything by Kevin Canty


  05:11:00 pm, by Airycat   , 219 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery

Final Project

This is for the last week of Sharon's Personal Library of Stitches class. For some reason I am thinking of it as a "Final Project" such as one would have for a credit course in school. It's not like that, of course. I certainly hope it is the beginning of many more similar type projects. I felt kind of stumped and decided today that I'd just jump in with it, just stitch without really thinking. HA! My brain doesn't seem to work that way. It's good for me just to "jump in," but my brain simply won't not think about it. First there were colors to choose. A good palette seems even more necessary if you don't know what you're doing. I started with a purple and green palette, but somehow it morphed to reds, browns, oranges... Well, here's the final selection

Am I going to use all of these threads? Probably not, but I like to have a choice. Picking these colors, my brain started to gear up. Now, I have several ideas. Some are definite, some not so much so, but if I do go with one of them, I will be adding more colors! The theme of the class is texture, so I will keep that in my and just jump in and see what evolves.


  05:46:00 pm, by Airycat   , 678 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery

A Bit of Catching Up

From the looks of this blog, it would seem like I haven't done much needlework in a long time. Not so! I've just been so busy at it that I haven't had time to blog about it. Most of my stitching has been for Sharon B's class Personal Library of Stitches. I am so loving that class! I'm learning quite a bit, especially learning to explore stitches. It seems to me like is should be obvious, but it wasn't. I's much clearer now. And I'm very much enjoying stitching! When I used to do cross stitch, I liked it, but I would get tired of it. This isn't happening with embroidery. I think it's the freedom to do what I want. I like the complicated cross stitch, but I have to follow directions (the pattern) or it won't look good. I haven't had any patterns for the embroidery, so far. And when I do use patterns, I'll be able to choose how I will stitch it. Unless I really lose sight of what I want, it should look good no matter what I do. See the pictures of what I've done for the class, so far. (Very long, with lots of photos)

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