Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Coming Home

I'd had a yen to handstitch again, so that's what I've been doing for the last little while.

This is Gravity's Rainbow, 14 x 17 inches, more handmade fabric than not, entirely handstitched, inspired by Jude Hill/Spirit Cloth.

It feels a bit like I've come home, to cloth that is.  I'll paint again at some point, but for now my love is working with fabric again.  Everything I do, though, will be handstitched.

My hands really got a workout the first couple weeks I returned to cloth, and I had a tremendous amount of pain from overusing them.  Not arthritis I'm glad to say, just overuse.  I've learned now to take it easy and spread the work out over more days than previously.  The stitching is addictive, however.

I had great fun reorganizing all my fabrics, handmade and commercial, into drawers by color.  I have more future stitching projects in mind than I'll probably ever get to in what's left of my lifetime, or til my hands give out.

I just reopened my Etsy Shop, and listed a number of paintings in addition to the handwoven fabrics that are there.  I also listed three small framed art quilts, with a few more art quilts to follow.

I've been reading lots, as always.  Here are a few books I recommend:

In other news ~~ Life is good and I'm glad we're on the cusp of summer.  Been cleaning up my garden, such as it is, a little bit at a time.  Continuing to eat extremely well and I've lost about 10 pounds without that having been a specific goal.  Mail art still comes in and goes out.  Now that the weather has warmed up I'll start walking again more regularly. 

Thanks to all you folks who have continued to read the blog in my absence over the past couple months. 

Enjoy the last of spring!  Blessings.



Cappuccinoandartjournal.blogspot.com said...

Nice to see you back for a little visit, Connie -- and life sounds good.

Connie said...

Good to hear from you. Glad you are well!

Jan said...

I always like your stitching/work with fabrics. Your quilts on my wall always elicit admiration.

Cousin Virginia has trouble with her hands; she uses bits of Salonpas on painful spots and it works for her.

My heart skips a beat when I see the notification in my email that you have posted! xxj

The Idaho Beauty said...

Interesting transition. Am guessing some of the painting may be informing what you are now doing with the textiles. At any rate, a joyful little quilt you've shared! Sounds like life is good and that's all that matters. :-)

jacki long said...

So glad to have you back Connie!Your hand-stitched work is exquisite!
Thank you for the postcard a while back, I think I thanked you, but not sure? I am working on postcards now, so there's one in your future for sure. Take good care, sop glad all is well! ♥♥♥

jenclair said...

:) What a surprise to see a post from you! I love your hand-stitching, Connie, and the beautiful colors (they look almost transparent).

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Glad to see you are working with fabric again! I'm a big fan of Jude's, and admire hand stitched work so much. Glad to hear you are well and seem to be enjoying your life, which is a great accomplishment! Look forward to seeing more of your fiber creations... happy Summer! <3

Charlton Stitcher said...

Great to see you back, Connie. I love the bright colours of this quilt ... and hand stitching! I can't remember when I last switched my machine on. It does have its uses, but I find hand stitch so much more satisfying.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Love how the colors (rainbow) are surrounded by the dark or almost black...lovely balance. The hand stitching sublime.

Unknown said...

Always nice to hear about your world. Glad to know you're doing well. Pretty fabrics!

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Lovely colour placement.

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