Obviously I’ve been away for a really long time. I’ve been here, just not there, in cyber space, communicating to all of you. It’s been quite a year and I needed some time to recharge. I’ve had two surgeries – one on each hand – both VERY successful. That meant that stitching of any kind at all was out of the question. The first was in late November and the second in late February.
Two months after the second surgery I went back to Iowa to be with Mom, who was in the hospital, and help Dad and the family with her care when she got out of the hospital and come home. She didn’t ever get to come home and died on May 15. Thank you all for your condolences after she died.
We took a short trip to England where I was able to see – if not DO – any embroidery and shared that with you. Between coming back from England and leaving for the USA, we found out my older daughter and her husband are expecting my first grandchild at the end of January! Then we traveled to the USA for my younger daughter’s wedding and more sorting out of the family home. It was a lovely wedding and I now have a second fabulous, wonderful son-in-law. How lucky am I?
The photo above is from the deck of our new home – I’m working on The Longstool, a kit no longer produced by The Crewelwork Company.
We also have decided that we will be retiring in Iowa, living in the gorgeous Prairie-Style family home that sits on 2 ½ acres of oak woodland. We’ll be moving at the beginning of February, 2018. I’ll have an embroidery studio that’s 450 square feet with an attached kitchen for tea breaks and lunch. I’m planning on running courses so watch this space!
The big move means that my husband and I are going through the lengthly process of applying for his Visa (green card). I could not possibly have imagined the vast amount of paperwork involved in this process for the spouse of an American citizen. That’s been taking up almost all of my time in the past few weeks.
Now that we’ve gotten everything sorted – retirement home decision made, daughter married, grandchild coming, visa application underway, moving company contacted, Berlin property sold…I can FINALLY focus on my passion which is not paperwork and admin jobs but embroidery and textiles.
Before we left for the USA, I experimented with Solvy. It was part of my C&G course and I am quite pleased with the result of my first foray into the word of dissolvable fabric!
So what’s in the works? I started working on a discontinued design by The Crewelwork Company called the Longstool. I found it years ago on Ebay and snapped it up as I love the design and it’s no longer in production. I’m making some changes in the stitches as I go so that will be an interesting process to see how my changes work. I always think Phillipa chooses the most wonderful stitch combination and I’m planning on using some ideas from her more recent kits in this design.
I’ll being working on a new, larger project as soon as I can get the design cleaned up. My drawing skills produce a pretty good design but not clear enough for a pattern.
Of course I’m still working away on my City and Guilds course. Lots got done before we left for the USA but since returning I’ve gotten exactly nothing done, so there is quite a bit to do! The latest project was my experimental sampler using sequins, beads and sequin waste – called punchinella! Great name!
Thank you all for your continued support and patience. I can’t wait to get my needles and threads!