only one picture to show you today of my project from karen's latest class - this cloth is moving forward, slowly
i appliqued more "hexagons" and then using the same shape, outline stitched a few more - next up is to start adding in the embroidery
so far, i am liking this quite a lot but i am still not sure what it will be
and i'm not sure why i seem to think it has to "be" anything
maybe it just is....
one of the best things i learned in my early days of needlework was the value of a sampler
and when i teach a needlework class i suggest each student first work the stitch on their sample cloth before they add it to their project - a very smart way to work out the mechanics of a stitch without having to worry about "ruining" anything
i studied those early samplers for a course i took through the embroiderer's guild of america back in 1991, and was quickly entranced with the idea they were a visual record of the progression of skill of an embroiderer
highly prized by collectors and museums, those earliest of samplers weren't done in the pictorial style of the early american samplers
they evolved from the belief a sampler should showcase a needleworker's skill level, rather than detail the progression of it
I like the original idea best.... and it is my sincere hope to see at least one of them whilst on our travels through the uk this fall
i feel like a cat on a hot tin roof sometimes, when i think about our trip
hopping from a literary tour to an art history tour and side-stepping into a tour of architectural wonders
i've been reading up on dickens (and there's a new post up here telling that story)
and william morris
brushing up on poetry - i studied english literature in high school and loved it so much i scoffed the text book (it was with the teacher's permission so not as bad as it sounds) - and so glad i did as it not only has the best poetry of each period but also discusses the social, political and economic history of each period
and then there's the architecture....
but i am digressing and if i am ever to get anywhere on my list of things to learn about and brush up on i had best get busy
summer school indeed!