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almost to the day

I sat with Anno last night for the first time in what tomorrow will be a year since i last put needle to her!!!!!!!!!!

First i had Greyman hold her up so i could see what *had* been done “to date”.

as of march 31_14 Oh my but there’s a lot of untouched expanse (half of it!!) that is folded up and under in this photo!


as of march 31_14b

as of march 31_14d

Stitching such a large piece by hand is a bit problematic. I have this huge thing to scrumple and borgle around trying to get comfortable enough to hold sections while i stitch. Since i don’t use a hoop, it must be quite entertaining watching me wrestle each area into submission, as i turn the piece to manoeuvre the needle! When i say it’s 48×72″ it seems manageable, but the reality is that it’s an unwieldy monster. BUT that’s part of the challenge and the reason i did leave the size of the cloth uncut as it was “treated” with rust!

Small changes in the amount done, but it’s a good start again. More of the honeycombs/cells:

honeycomb cells march 31_14

Snail guy has a bit more in his shell:

snail march 31 _14

I’ve decided too that unless i integrate the whole somehow, it’s going to look like a giant all over the place sampler of sorts. The rowan (mountain ash as we call it here) will be my anchor then, and will start appearing more around it as i go.

rowan march 31_14(The original inspiration for the Rowan is here.)

Sigh of content much evident last night 🙂


Posted by on April 1, 2014 in process and reasoning, stitch



Forty minutes one night……

as april1

Not overly fond of the little fellow, but he’s got a ways to go to being fleshed out, so i may end up loving him after all….

40 minutes annosut

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in stitch


small moves

Poor Anno has been neglected for the last few months: inertia and interest waning due to home circumstances and finishing other work.
Remedied this week with a few sessions, and hoping to keep touching her……

anno sut feb21

anno sut feb22


Posted by on February 23, 2013 in stitch



natural-asemic-calligraphy-bc….sort of……

Sorted out my stoodio yesterday with heaps of culling, cannabalizing, finish ups and potential projects, which meant i actually had more space than usual to work in.

Purely mental wandering, this section, asemic writing morphing into a snow dusted rowan tree.

AS dec13

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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in stitch


Monsta becomes Mantra

A little more to show on this gigormous piece–gigormous in hand stitching at least, would have been easy peasy breezy by machine, but that’s not why i created the fabric in the first place….I was also going to start with “not much” but a”a litttle more” sounds positive :)

Though i’m looking at this as a sort of calendar for the next year, i look backwards also for reference and inspiration, digging through old sketches and peering at previous work, wondering why i forgot this stitch or that, why i swept aside a particular idea, an image or clue to what i’m doing. A calendar marks the days ahead, but is a record of the gone also. We plan for the future with one foot on the ground and the other trying to find the first ladder step up to the sky, the step off the cliff to breathless expectation, hope that we will fly rather than fall, or “just” anticipating another solid space to keep going. Inspiration from older work can be surprising.

Connections are made in strange ways….

Maybe not a monsta, maybe a mantra. Definitely a calendar. One of the meanings of calendar is “an ordered list of matters to be considered”–yes, i am considering as i move through the days. My Anno Suturae, a year of stitch, to consider, to look at thoughtfully, to esteem. It was only this morning that when i picked it up, it felt right and comfortable, so i know it’s to be.


Posted by on September 21, 2012 in influence and inspiration, stitch


The moving finger stitches on

………….so little done this first month (though there’s still 4 days since i started Aug 5th), but no record is waiting to be broken and no plans for it unless/until something happens for it when it’s done.  I could do a square inch a day, but that’s too little 🙂

Solidago dyed crochet perle, DMC “Toast” 4072, and DMC 111, my favourite rust variegation thread. Remembering old things, trying new things, using tested bits and (wanting to be) punching up. Looking at older work and re-inventing?

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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in stitch