In the midst of moving…

…I’m finding little time to stitch.

Steve and I have moved a lot. Over 15 times, both between countries and within countries. I knew there would be things to do. Stuff to organise. To do lists to be made and satisfyingly crossed off. But I had NO IDEA how much MORE there was to do when one is a textile artist. NO IDEA AT ALL.

We always hire movers to come in and pack everything, take the furniture away and bring it all to us at our final destination. When one moves across the ocean, you can’t really hire your own van and do it yourself. So, usually, we just pack what we need for the short term in a few suitcases and go to the airport, knowing that everything will arrive safely in a month or a bit longer. Easy.

However, when one has thread – lots of thread – and fabric – lots of fabric – and trestles, and frames and scissors, and art supplies and…I won’t go on – it gives me palpitations – there is so much prep. work to do before the lovely movers come and pack it all into boxes. Thread to be put into ziplock bags with silica gel, fabric packed the same way, art supplies sorted and bagged up – the list seems endless. However, it’s all done now and I can take a deep breath and write a post. Hello.

I have had precious little time or mental energy to stitch lately. My mind is going a zillion miles an hour thinking of everything. But stitch I have. It’s been my moment of quiet in the day.

I’ve worked on the outline of the Bayeux Tapestry piece and it’s almost finished. Yea! (By the way – I’m sure you heard that the Bayeux Tapestry is coming to the UK in 2020? Exciting!)

I’ve also worked on a leaf in the Trevelyon’s Pocket piece. I’m particularly proud of it as it’s a turned over leaf ad I think the shading has turned out rather well for a leaf that’s less that ¾ inch long. Below is a photo of that leaf and all the others I’ve done so far on the Pocket piece. I like the variety.

If you’ve scrolled down this far to see all the leaves, you will now see something that has taken three days of my time – a baby quilt for my brand new grand daughter!

I will be holding her in my arms in just 17 days! I can’t wait!

You probably won’t hear more from me until after the move but be assured I’m taking my projects with me on the plane so I have embroidery to help me settle in when I get back to the USA. Hopefully I’ll get something done and have an update for you!


9 thoughts on “In the midst of moving…

  1. Safe journey and happiness in your new home.
    You daughter and granddaughter will be so happy to have you closer.

  2. Good luck with your move ! Enjoy it ! I,m very worried about them moving the Bayeux Tapestry..and even more worried about them bringing it over here ….all the handling of such a precious piece of history !
    Love your baby quilt and the thought of holding new life in your arms..wonderful !
    Once again..good luck with your move . Debbie x

  3. I’m in the same boat currently, moving from the UK back to Australia. The stress is really getting to me this time! I know what it’s like to move mountains of textiles… and then we have to hope that quarantine don’t have an issue with our container. I like that Australia is strict about these things, but on the stress! Good luck with your move

  4. I feel your pain. I move every two to three years, across oceans and continents. It’s not fun! I am lucky in that we take out insurance and get two shipments – one gets there sooner – but still, letting your textiles go is like letting go of a child.

  5. What joy it will be to hold your new granddaughter. Congratulations.
    Those leaves are exquisite. I’m awed by the first one. It’s perfect.

  6. Well done for getting *anything* ‘supernumary’ done! I sympathize, having done much the same thing 8.5 years ago. We put most stuff into storage and just took 2 cases, hand luggage and 2 boxes to DHL to Taiwan. I had threads etc in both shipment boxes and storage, none of which were put in anything more upmarket than ziplock bags. Every last item was completely unharmed, so rest assured, your stash will arrive AOK even with minimal protection. It’s damp in Taiwan too, but my stuff came back totally fine after a year of living there in their normal plastic grip top bags. 🙂

    Hope the rest of your preps and the actual move go well and also that you have time to get plenty if in progress photos (even video!) to share it all with us later. I just LIVE watching/reading about big moves!!

    Good hunting, hun! ♡

  7. Wishing you a safe journey and the happiness for this new chapter in your life.
    So exciting the bless of a new granddaughter. Deb

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