Sunday, April 22, 2018

a mixed bag...

at the risk of repeating myself, I seriously do not know where the time goes - but poof! another month long gone...

I read an article about time and our sense of it passing and the main gist of it was, the happier you are in what you're doing, the faster the time goes

and if you want time to slow down, get a 9 - 5 job you hate

that's a sobering thought...

I can honestly say I love every day

each one is a gift, and though some of them are simple ordinary days filled with the usual amount of the mundane, all of them, always, are accepted with grace and joy just for the simple fact of there being that one more day

and perhaps in a small effort at slowing down a little, more and more I find myself turning to handwork...

there are certain things that work better when sewn on the machine, but if I can do it by hand, I do

it's certainly slowed me down in terms of production, but greatly increased my satisfaction, and the bag you'll see below is a perfect example of that

the pattern was given in the facebook group India Flint created for those who bought her pattern "Bagstories"

mine is entirely pieced by hand as I think everyone in the group did as well, and how gratifying it was 

time-intensive, yes, but really, so what?

I was in no hurry to "git 'er done"

I even pieced the strap and embroidered it


you bet, but again - so what?

this bag will hold my travelling watercolour set, small weaving loom and a notebook I made

India called it a "Wayfarer's Wander Bag" 


last week I got back to this, adding a few more French knots and beads, which I've run out of and will have to wait until next month when I'm in Calgary to get more

the paper in the upper left is a couple of pages for a small book which I have joined together with buttonhole stitch - an idea from Karen's Artist Book class - I want to use it with my latest addiction of card-making

as well, I've been working on a visual reference binder for when I teach silk ribbon embroidery

seems like every time I teach I start a new sampler cloth to illustrate the steps, but this way I'll have a permanent step-by-step reference that students can take photos of if they wish and have to refer to in addition to the stitch diagrams I draw 

and finally, the pile of scraps has again reached a tipping point so I'm cobbling some together to make a cloth I can add embroidery to

a real mixed bag of this and that in my world of stitch 

and many pleasant hours spent in a state of happiness and delight

how are things in your corner?


Createology said...

I am so in love wih your Wander’s Bag and it’s labor of love you have stitched into it. I also love your silk ribbon embroidery sampler for teaching your class students. Cobbling bits of cloth together must be pure joy. Your stitchings have me always! Creative Bliss My Friend...xo

Christine B said...

Even though I have seen all these pieces in different places I so love to see them together here and read your wandering thoughts... perhaps keep those thoughts in your Wayfarers Wander bag also. Your words on time echo my thoughts entirely but even so... scary how it whizzes by. I have seen your “cobbled together” cloth too as a smooth piece of changing light.... but here it is with deep shadows displaying the other side of it’s personality... each as beautiful as the other. Today I will keep back some time to stitch before it disappears again.

Rachel said...

Yes, I, too, prefer to hand stitch when I can. Possibly because with the best will in the world, my sewing machine and I manage to get badly out of step with one another. Handwork is more certain, if slower!

Marj Talbot said...

The Wander bag is so nice. Just love it. And of course all the beautiful stitching on it. Never too much. It's absolutely wonderful. Love to see and read your posts - a true inspiration.

Marj Talbot said...

Neglected to mention the lovely ribbon embroidery. I think I'll get back to that and try a little harder. Thanks for sharing this great post.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I feel the truth in the feeling that the happier you are with what you're creating, the faster the time passes. Definitely true for me anyway. Your bag is wonderful, but most especially the embroidered strap. All that fiddling was oh so worth it. Really wish I could have a peek through your stitch reference binder - I know I'd learn lots of valuable 'stuff'!!! I've been toying with making something similar with some inspiration from Karen, and now from you. It would be a great resource to have the actual stitches to refer to, rather than relying on flat pictures in the books and online. it's come back full circle to the rate at which time passes and the fact that there's never enough to do all that I want to!

foxyloon said...

I love everything, but your tipping over piece of scraps looks wonderful and it has just begun.