March 2009


The calendar says it’s spring and the Daffodils are blooming here, but the weather still feels and looks like winter. It has rained every day, the sun barely sneaks out from above the clouds, and the continual dampness has my garden still looking like swampland. I’m positive however that all that we need is a BIG dose of Vitamin D to get the pear trees blooming. Summer is coming because Easter is now less than a month away.

So with all of this weather gloominess, what’s a person to do to? Well, if the sun won’t come to you, it’s time to stitch some sunshine and nothing reminds me of summer more than flowers. Today, I stitched a beautiful red Anthurium on a customer’s black jacket. The detail was fabulous and the flower had three shades of red thread. The jacket was just released and I love the quality of it. And as an extra plus, it has hidden embroidery pockets! I love it when jackets have hidden pockets for embroidery because it allows me to make the inside of the jacket as beautiful as the outside.

Tomorrow I have two designs to create for customers. One has trees, mountains, and a stream going through it. It should be very enjoyable and maybe I’ll sneak some rays of sunshine into it as well.

daffodil

I lost all my writings from my blog when my website was moved to a new, more up-to-date server.  It was a surprise to me because I thought the blog was saved on WordPress too but alias it was not to be.  So dear readers, please allow me to begin again and start fresh.  Actually, it seems quite fitting with this being the first day of spring and all.  The Daffodils are blooming along the road sides and the promise of sun and summer and new birth is definitely in the air.  Looking out at the sky today and seeing just a little bit of blue scattered among the dark rainy clouds gives me great hope.  My hands are beginning to itch with the anticipation of working the dirt in the garden.  There is something deeply satisfying to work the ground.  I must confess to not being a “glove” wearer and that getting dirt in my fingernails isn’t a bad thing.  Good dirt feels and smells good.  No wonder kids love to play in it.  It’s too bad that we grow up and many of us forget that feeling. 

In case you are new to my blog, I am a thread artist.  My love is taking artwork from businesses and individuals and turning it into thread art…known mostly as embroidery.  I have the latest in commercial embroidery software.  It has a wonderful ability to be able to create stitches automatically but I never use that capability because like playing in the dirt, there is something deeply satisfying about being able to manually make each decision of the process.  And in my opinion, a person can still make better decisions than a computer can.  I prefer to decide where to begin the stitches, what kind of stitches, and what parts should be satin stitches or fill stitches.  A computer software cannot know that the design will be stitched on a cap instead of a shirt.  A cap being a circular object needs to be set up different than a flat garment that will be hooped and stitched in a flat hoop.

Being a thread lover takes me into all areas of creation.  Quilts, clothing, embroidery, portraits all are made with thread.  When I’m not creating, I’m dreaming of creating.  Everything I see gives me inspiration (clouds, sky, movement of the trees in the wind).  It’s time to bring out the camera and start capturing pictures.  My camera is wonderful because it sees differently than I do.  I’m always amazed at color the most when looking at pictures.  For example, a leaf that was pretty but looked a nice shade of green actually had seven different shades of green in it.  Looking at how the the shade hits the leaves aids me when I want to add dimension to a  customer’s logo. 

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you will add me to your watch list and will visit often. 

JoJo
SweetPeaz
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