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Monday, December 05, 2005

I'm realizing how much I miss stitching and how much I rely on it for my (alleged) sanity. I really need to schedule time for it among my classes, homework and other miscellaneous hectic activities.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

CATS is fabulous motivation to unslump. It didn't take me long to find some of my old favorites in the market. Sweetheart Tree got some of my money. Cross My Heart, Inc got a hefty sum. Bobbi G. Designs hooked me in and sold me a great witchy Halloween kit. Enchanting Lair cleaned out what was left of my wallet.

Where was Fantasy Crafts? Dracolair? Needle in a Haystack? Skinner Sisters? If anyone representing any of the absent companies mentioned is reading this, please know that you were missed. I'm not trying to complain. I know you have your reasons.

It was great to see Terry again, and Marc and even Claudia since I've been such a stranger to the shops lately. I got to swap tattoo stories with Laura (of Enchanting Lair) and with Terry (of Dimples Designs). I got to swap Italy stories with Marc. Marc smells good. :)

Monday, June 06, 2005

Slumping, slumping, slumping... aloooonnnngg.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

I seem to be on a very unusual not-finishing binge. I've been working on large projects and I've been very zen lately. I haven't even thought about starting anything new or small or quickly gratifying. (OK, maybe I thought about the 1941 Indian Motorcyle and You Were Hatched but not very seriously.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

It's funny how the stages go. I had startitis, then a tad of finishitis, and now I'm just zenning along enjoying the beautiful gradations of color in some long-ignored WIPs. Dragon and Firedance have both consumed me for periods of time. I wonder what the next phase will be that snaps up my interest.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Catherine Agnes by Indigo Rose... love it, love it, love it!

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

I'm going through a combination of completion anxiety and startitis. Maybe they always go hand in hand. I know I'm also prone to bouts of finishitis, so I'm not going to panic about not getting stuff done. Well, not just yet anyway.

I've been mentoring three new stitchers and there is great excitement surrounding that. One started about two months ago. It took her a while to get going but she went from fiddling with one kit, to doing one nice piece, to kitting up and starting a rather large piece. She's largely self-taught as she lacks the patience to wait and ask me questions. I can understand the lack of patience - I possess it myself. I suspect this mentee is a rotation stitcher in the making. :)

My second mentee has eased slowly into stitching over a couple of months. He's just completed his first piece which included several adaptations (intentional!) and now he's planning to do the same piece again with a greater variety of stitches. He's working on perfecting his french knots. Perfectionism is going to make him a very good, if not prolific, stitcher.

My third mentee had her first lesson yesterday at 11:00 am. I left her at about 1:30 when both of us were confident that she could continue her project unassisted. Continue she did! She emailed me at 10:00 pm that she had completed her first piece. I met her for dinner tonight and she proudly showed me her first piece and significant headway on her second piece. As we finished our meal she clutched her project bag and I could sense her desire to pull it out and stitch at the table.

Soon I hope to have a mentoring link on my website with pictures for the works of my new stitching friends.

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