can't believe it's been ten days since i did a blog post... last week was a busy one for me with classes and work and the week before even more so
back to normal now though, and still a whole week left in january
for some reason, for me anyway, january never rushes by - it goes at it's own pace and i feel as though i truly get the whole month
things always get different in february - perhaps it's "short month" syndrome...
anyway, in between all my teaching prep i'm puttering slowly at some techniques karen is demonstrating in "swathed in stitch"
working with cross-stitch letters on silk with waste canvas
in deciding on what letters to use i thought perhaps it would be easier if i had a word, rather than just random letters with no particular meaning
not one of those new year's chosen words - been there, done that - just a word to focus this piece on
and since i had already decided, against my nature, to just make samples to put in a ledger i knew i needed something that would help me focus on that
'cause i always seem to think if i'm stitching something, it actually has to be something when it's finished, like a bag or a wall-hanging or such
this time, i just want to do the work and mount it as a reference i can refer back to
so i chose "faith"
i need to have faith in the process and that through it i will get where i want to be
faith that if i do the work, the ideas will come
faith that even though i do not like stitching on waste canvas at all
it will be worth it in the end
and of course it was
i do love the results...
my "f" seemed a little plain though so i got out some coloured pencils and began doodling a flower on my chart - i think i have it figured out but want to add two more green stitches, just enough to spread the flower out from the boundaries of the letter
but i am thrilled all the same
transferring the letter tracings to my water-colour paper, thinking of what to do with this next, i decided if having a word was useful, then a phrase or a quote should be downright beneficial
so i scoured the internet looking for faith quotes - however, i soon discovered most of them are about the feeling of faith rather including the word itself
i did find one though
"all you need is faith and trust
and a little bit of pixie dust"
i like it a lot - it seems very "me"
thoughtful with a hint of sarcasm?
regardless i do like it very much and now i'm thinking on pixie dust - for me it has connotations of little bitty sparkly bits
in the meanwhile i'm down for the count with a nasty flu so am doing very little - just some gentle stitching
and speaking of words, your little word-hearts are piling up and should be in your hands by mid-february
just in time...