Therapy

I’ve been loving Acey’s collage challenge and my mind is bubbling with ideas for today’s treasure box prompt, but …

I have missed cloth. And as the impeachment trial begins, hard on the heels of the angst-inducing gun rights rally in my one-time home state of Virginia, I crave the calming, familiar rhythm of stitch.

So this then, row upon row of discontinuous backstitch in variegated Valdani #12 perle cotton …

which looks like running stitch …

but when worked on the “wrong side” it leaves a wonderfully wonky trail of stitches on the “right side” …

And since I’m testing the new light box …

here are some progressively closer views (because I very much like progressive views) …

And pulling back, the big picture of a thrift store linen shirt, previously dyed with windfall lichen …

and obviously not ironed anytime recently. Nor is it destined to be.

The heart of the matter

It is Thanksgiving Day so I am beside myself … loving the sweet simplicity of a day devoted to fun, food and family …

There hasn’t been much time for stitching, but I’ve done a bit on rust-stained muslin from years ago that keeps rising to the top of my scrap basket. It has always made me think of sunrise, so I finally took the plunge …

backing it with a fine madder-dyed cotton gifted by Mo, stitched with a silk/cotton thread given by Jude to Deb, who worked such magic that I am beside myself with wonder …

and as I stitched discontinuous backstitch in the center and Jude’s split backstitch around the edge, I turned it this way and that …

finding at last the heart that has waited so patiently to be found.

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, wherever you may be. May you, too, find your heart’s content.

Ripples of peace

When we were in the throes of selling the house, then packing and moving, I didn’t have much creative energy … so I made patches.

Now that we’re settling in, I’m starting to stitch them together …

The light is perfect for iPhone-ography, here showing off the b-side …

And as I began the next row of patches, a working title occurred to me …

Ripples of Peace

Of course, it’s not all fun and games … there are plenty more things to do. Here, for instance, is the tentative layout …

for one of the wall niches …

of which there are two, this being the second …

The niches weren’t my favorite feature of the new house (ditto all the moldings), but they’re growing on me.