Getting it wrong…

I read a blog post recently which gave new bloggers tips for how to do things right on a blog.

It went something like: post at the same time every day, have a detailed explanation of exactly what your blog is about, respond immediately to every comment (not to do so supposedly shows you don’t care about your readership), only take photos with a professional camera…etc…

I don’t do any of the above.

I guess I’m doing it all wrong.

I’m actually pretty ok with how things are going on my blog so far. Considering it was really started as an online diary, to have a following at all is pretty sweet. Having an excuse to write about myself and a venue to put it on is even sweeter. I’m having a lot of fun with it. I hope any readers who happen by here are enjoying it, too.

To start things off today, I’d like to share a Kansas sunset…

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Nice, isn’t it? Blurry, through the glass, on the road, only half a grain elevator-pictured photo and all. I like it.

Sunday – two days ago now – I finally got to mostly stitch. It helped that I refused all the errands H suggested, which were really just ADD-type excuses to go and go and do and do. He complains every day about being tired, but won’t rest. Both of us were “going to bed is boring” kids, so sometimes it’s hard to make ourselves go to bed.

And he likes to go do things, but I have projects – he doesn’t. Maybe I will start making him a list. There is so much to do here, things in which he never participates. I have, honestly, never understood that about him, although I’ve mostly been fine to see him do what he wants when he wants. He is a really hard worker.

Staying home allowed me to stitch. Mostly it was finishing up the seed names on the wordcloth, although I started a new project which I am really loving.

First, the seeds:

Aren’t the names beautiful? Five Color Silverbeet is Swiss chard. I bought it at the local Farmer’s Markets last year in big bunches and juiced it. It was one of my favorite ingredients. Feher Ozon Paprika is a mild pepper.

And then, there was the Strawberry Spinach. I was SO excited to stitch this one, had a lovely idea for it at all, but this happened:

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I got the “font” sizes wrong so that Strawberry looks much bigger and completely separate from Spinach. I’m not sure how that happened. I was also SO excited to stitch the berries on Spinach, but I grabbed the wrong red, instead of the red I used on Strawberry, so the berries, which were supposed to unify the two words of the name, don’t. *sigh*

Still, the stitching is nice and, overall, the cloth is just looking so beautiful. I’m really pleased and every day I’m amazed at how pretty it looks. I’ll try to take a photo soon that encompasses all the stitching.

There was also some work in the rose garden…

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Adding a little outline stitching is really bringing this rose patch to life.

I also discovered what I was doing wrong (specifically on Ukranian Purple) with what I am calling a running back stitch, although I don’t think that’s the name. I’m not being too hard on myself for not remembering since, technically, it has been nearly 40 years since my Grandfather’s wife showed me how to stitch it. It’s also been about 8 years since I was heavily into embroidery, and I guess I’ve forgotten some of the basics. I have books upstairs. At some point I will look it up.

Anyway, what I found was: keep the working thread under the needle; work left to right with the outline (in this case words) vertical; don’t travel beyond the previous stitch (if you do, the stitches stack up); take smaller stitches on the curves and tack them down if necessary to keep them from drooping; and, start work at the bottom of the letter, stitch to the top and then begin again at the bottom. Most of this is pictured below.

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These guidelines kept my stitches flowing together much more eloquently.

I also remembered how tough it is to do knots – French or otherwise – without a hoop. You need both hands on top of the surface of the fabric to make them accurately, and some switching positions back and forth to get them just right. I’m guessing this was some of the inspiration behind Jude’s thread beads. The dot over the “i” in Silverbeet is a thread bead. Thread beads can be made without disrupting the flow of your stitching, because the stitching hand stays on top, and the support hand on the bottom. You just keep going. I’m using a lot of thread beads in the new project. They quickly get better with practice.

Here’s a look at the preliminary stitching:

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I think I’m going to give it to H as a late Valentine’s Day present. I would have finished it today…I still might if I have the energy…but we were gone most of the day. H had some business to attend to and I had my art class. And…speaking of getting things wrong…we drew people today…it was a rough one. I won’t be sharing any sketches.

We had just two days in the blissful 70s. Each of those days I whipped around Path and easily got in 3 miles. The following days have been crappy and cold. It was a strain to do 2 miles, but I did them. No walking Path today…too busy.

But I did catch another photo of Matty playing in the water. She is fascinated by it.

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Sleep cycles have shifted again and I have had some earlier mornings. I went out to feed Chick and saw a quite beautiful silver moon, framed in pink and blue. H’s iPhone captured it the best.

We began with the sun…I’ll leave you with the moon.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Peggy McG says:

    I so enjoy your blog! I always tell people that “rules dont apply to me” how else can i express my creativity!! I cant wait to hear how the strawberry spinach tastes… maybe you could add a spinach leaf to the word strawberry Or at the least, you have actually stitched in a tiny story to be told each time you enjoy looking or showing this wonderful cloth. Matty’s personality sure stands out. Love the photos! I try to take as many sky pictures as possible, each day captured is as varied as the day was, some very similar, others Outstanding

    1. June Wildflower says:

      Thanks, Peggy! I grew up thinking the rules didn’t apply to me in many ways…I was a bit smarter than the average bear and even then knew I was different in a variety of ways. Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate that. However, I had already decided to embrace the imperfections. Not making cloth work about perfectionism is something I am trying to remind myself of, as every time I get obsessed with doing things “right” I feel stuck in cement! I’d love to hear about your own take on cloth work sometime, if you care to share.

  2. I´ll tell you something…it´s the first time I comment on a blog regularly .Sometimes I did and I sporadically comment here and there ,that´s all…I never felt sufficienttly at ease…When I found your blog through the incredible Jude,I liked it,Ifound sensitive and inteligent,and I felt encouraged to comment…despite being a English blog. I read English easily but writting is something else…I have horror to write wrong! But that did not stop me:what do we have Google Tradutor? and i answer…so we can comment a blog in another langage! And it worked out (that´s where I wanted to go…) maybe because you don´t follow the blogger´s manual! Spontaneity, creativity are becoming endangered qualities,as well so many others things .I loved the sunset fhoto of Kansas.I did not know anything about Kansas,only it was an American state…How could I know that there are cats with soul of scientists who seriously research the water, if I did not read your blog?All this is beatiful and important and even so far, we share the same sun and the same moon…How good!

    1. June Wildflower says:

      You write very beautifully, Maria. I really enjoy reading your words. So you are using Google Translator? That is such a great tool! Any grasp of another language is a real accomplishment! I have been studying Spanish again. I’m actually really good at languages, but I lack the discipline to practice every day. I will keep chipping away at it, though!
      I’m really glad you are commenting. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! Stop by any time.

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