Friday, July 19, 2013

July 2013 IHSW

Hi, Everyone.

Well, here I am stitching some more on my long-time stitching project, Sarabande.  It is a French-style sampler by Long Dog Samplers.  I changed out the original six colors which were browns, gray, and black - a bit drab for my taste.  I substituted three shades of purple/lavender.  One of them is a very fine braid in sparkly lilac. and three coordinating shades of teal/mint.  I'm stitching it on white evenweave (28 ct.) which has strands of teal and lilac sparkles running through it.  I am about half-way done with the sampler, and hope to be done with it this year.  That means a lot of stitching, and very few distractions by smaller projects!  The lavender motif I'm currently working on is also about half-way done.

Sarabande Sampler - so far!

Sarabande Sampler - detail of current work area.
Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Art Abandonment

A few months ago, I was introduced to Art Abandonment.  For those of you who may be new to the idea, this is basically how it works:  1) create something;  2) write up a little tag for it that invites someone to take it and enjoy the free art, making sure to add your e-mail address and a link to the Art Abandonment Group on Facebook;  3) leave your piece of art somewhere where it will be found and enjoyed;  4)  wait and hope someone will send you a message to let you know they found your artwork.

I thought that was a wonderful idea and a fun way to share my craft, so I stitched up a few quickies and abandoned them.

The weekend before July 4th, I abandoned this little patriotic star ornament that I finished in a small tartlet tin.  I left it on a monument at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD.  The very next day, I got a lovely e-mail from a history teacher from California who was visiting the battlefield with his family.  They found my abandoned ornament and were appreciative of the sentiment.  He said the battlefield was pretty somber and the ornament cheered them up.  He said it'd be displayed on their Christmas tree each year in fond memory of their trip to the Washington, D.C. area.

Patriotic Star Tartlet Ornament, stitched June 2013
Patriotic Star Tartlet Ornament abandoned at Antietam National Battlefield, June 29, 2013

I abandoned my second item just a couple weeks later.  While I was looking for a patriotic design to abandon, I ran across an adorable little teddy bear pattern I knew I also wanted to stitch and give away.  I stitched him in just an hour and a half one evening, and I glued the trimmed, stitched piece onto a scrap of suede and added a magnet to the back.  I knew  immediately where I'd leave the little guy.  I popped over to the public library near my work at lunchtime one day.  I taped him to the book shelf in the area where the maternity books are shelved.  I have not yet heard if he's been found, but I'm looking forward to an e-mail saying I brightened someone's day!

Tiny Teddy Magnet, stitched June 2013
Tiny Teddy Magnet abandoned at MCPL July 5, 2013
Happy Stitching!