The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
The past month has been busy with a fun trip back to our Victor home and the completion of another project class with Karen Ruane on Artist’s Books. Given my travels, my book still has some pages to fill but I am pleased to have gotten to the stage of filling most of it with samples of my work and hand binding it together.
Now that June is upon us, I have started another class with Karen and a new art quilt.
Karen’s class is called Studies in Stitch and will explore different stitches in depth with each of us choosing our own projects to create based upon our explorations. Our first focus is cross stitch. We have just started but I have put together some materials for a beginning sample –
and begun to to try my hand at variations on cross stitch. I am particularly pleased with how this sample is going as I have had a mental block towards tearing out waste canvas from any stitching I have done. The rows on the bottom are my first successes at getting the canvas out from under my stitches.
My art quilt, as yet untitled, is based upon a photo from our spring trip to Maui with grandchildren. It has progressed from a sketch, through selection of possible fabrics, many of which I purchased at one of my favorite quilt shops, Ivy Thimble in Victor NY, to a background in process of being stitched together.
Progress on both of these projects will undoubtedly be slow. My life is blessedly full. Just today all stitch work paused so I could participate in the annual Festival of Miles put on by our friends, Paul and Brenda Gill of the Bloomsday Road Runners Club in Spokane. My grandchildren each participated in their own way — Miriam stood at the start of a 50m for Age 3 and under but a big seagull kept her transfixed in place till her parents helped her a bit to the finish – where, as totally appropriate, every child received a medal……Judy Kate for the first time in three years actually took off from the start of her 400m race and made it all the way around the track.
With distractions like these, I am sure I will be working for quite a while on my stitching projects. You are welcome to follow my progress on my Facebook artist page, Judy Warner, Fiber Artist, where I try to check in several times a week.
For now I am happy to link up with Nina Marie Sayre’s Off the Wall Friday so you can see what other artists have been doing.