Iron-y

I gave this piece, continued from here, a very light pressing, not wanting to smash the stitching …

There’s a back story, of course …

I’ve been using Rowenta irons for over 20 years, ever since being introduced to one at a B&B when I needed to iron a cotton Laura Ashley dress that hadn’t traveled well. I was smitten by its weightiness and by the scorching heat it generated.

Unfortunately, I have a habit of knocking irons off the board, thereby bouncing them on the concrete floor, which tends to scramble whatever electronic impulses are necessary to make the darn things work. After the most recent drop, I went to Target and grabbed the first Rowenta I saw off the shelf. Alas, I did not read the box labeling, which touted a new feature: no temperature control button. Rather, the damn thing promised to automatically adjust to whatever fiber I was pressing. I call BS on that.

So I went back to Target, bought the cheapest iron I could find (a Sunbeam) and have been happily ironing away ever since. And yes, I did scorch one piece of cotton cloth by using the linen setting … but hey, I like to live dangerously.

All that by way of saying I eased back on the throttle with this cloth, using a wool setting so I wouldn’t overdo it.

Deb Lacativa’s so-called Dirty Threads served me well, as always. Shades of grey for the initial wording …

“what if words are like shadows … like dreams that fade away with barely a trace left behind … leaving thoughts in their wake … ”

Followed by sea blues and greens …

“… and a new understanding of how we might go … in the words of Old Man Crow: we dream of a world where live is the answer, when the question is how do you get through the day?”

And finally, sky blues and violets …

“Stitched by Nana (Liz Ackert) for Griffin in 2019”

with an asemic bit that can only be read on the back …

“keep on dreaming, keep on believing you can make dreams come true.”

With thanks to Hazel at Handstories for telling me about the book Pockets by Jennifer Armstrong, which put the idea of a hidden phrase in my head (while I await receipt of my own used copy, ordered from abebooks.com for $3.99 with free shipping).

And with thanks to Griffin for loving this cloth into being. Soon enough ’twill become a pillow for his bed.

P.S. This project has gotten my rusty stitch lettering back up to speed. Now I’m looking forward to revising this bit of patchplay.

Bibli-olio

I thought I was coining a new word, but not (I just Googled it and it already exists). Still, I’m liking the combination of the more familiar “biblio” with the crosswordese “olio” …

And so, today, a miscellaneous mixture of books, beginning with a new library book that may end up as a purchase …

And notice the new-to-me DMC Coloris threads found at Michael’s, that perfectly match one of the author’s opening statements that we need more bright colors in our lives (Cursillo friends will surely be taken with the similarity to “De Colores”).

If needed, proof positive that colors elicit joy can be found in Judy Martin’s latest post: https://judys-journal.blogspot.com/2019/03/isla-mujeres.html

There’s also this sweet little book …

which led me to a great linen source (Gray Line Linen). The author also has a blog, Miniature Rhino, which has been added to the Kindred Spirits list on my old blog. The book is nicely designed and such a simple pleasure to look at …

Two other books entered our home as the result of local lectures we attended …

The first got a great write-up in the Austin American Statesman and will surely be a big hit with South by Southwest attendees this month.

The second is a retrospective of local artist Randall Reid’s assemblage art. He gave a great talking tour of his recent exhibit at the Davis Gallery in Austin and the book naturally came home with us …

Last, but not least, I’m very much looking forward to adding an upcoming release to my bookshelf …

Author Anna Quindlen has captured so much of our shared cohort’s lives in print, so it’s no surprise that she’s at it again, just in time for (grand)Mother’s Day …

Joy to the world

Addendum: Fiona Dempster wrote a beautiful post about the opening:
https://paperponderings.blogspot.com/2019/03/i-dream-of-world.html

It finally arrived, the opening for Mo’s vision of the collaboration I dream of a world where love is the answer

Artsite invitation

which includes a beautifully photographed catalog of the contributions from around the globe …

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I am honored to have been a contributor  …

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Link to read how the pennant came to be
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Link to see the making of the torn and tattered heart

and am so looking forward to seeing even more pictures from the opening, while wishing there was a way to fly around the world to see the exhibit in person.