Mom always says, "never cut a knot, always untie it. If you can't figure out how to untie a knot, you'll never figure out how to solve your problems."

Thursday, February 9, 2012


When you aren't working in your sketch book, you are poking around on the internet - reading other people's blog and wondering about all that is said.  When you aren't working on you sketch book or travelling around in the  electronic sphere you are stitching.  One is always stitching....but when you aren't doing any of the above you've got a head-cold and stitching slower.  I had a slight concussion last year so when ever I get head related issues my brain seems to bounce around in it's shell for a bit longer then it should.  I have been stitching away and reading slowly - but in the between/mean time I thought I'd share some gifts that came in the mail from ...Lynne Hoppe...a few things that she saw while sitting under a tree during one of her walks.  

I have been working out some ideas in my sketch books. Here is a sample page. A sketch from 22nd January, 2012.  Inspired by some of the faces that you see when you visit Lynne...I had to see how I could do with some of the tools that she uses - ink, old printed paper, pencil, water color, and her favorite pencils - the Derwent - Inktense.  

I've also been continue to do my TAST - take a stitch Tuesday - last week Herringbon and this week Chevron.  The page is from Fascicle number four - completed. Yes, I now have four completed fascicles - 36 more to go.  Chevron on the left and Herringbone on the right. 

I've also been reading and listen to some poems.  One that I can't get out of my thoughts is by Linda Gregg:
The Weight Linda Gregg Reading The Weight: this link will take you to a page where you can listen to Linda Gregg read.  Her voice is so well suited for reading, especially Weight. 

Two horses were put together in the same paddock.
Night and day. In the night and in the day
wet from heat and the chill of the wind
on it. Muzzle to water, snorting, head swinging
and the taste of bay in the shadowed air.
The dignity of being. They slept that way,
knowing each other always.
Withers quivering for a moment,
fetlock and the proud rise at the base of the tail,
width of back. The volume of them, and each other's weight.
Fences were nothing compared to that.
People were nothing. They slept standing,
their throats curved against the other's rump.
They breathed against each other,
whinnied and stomped.
There are things they did that I do not know.
The privacy of them had a river in it.
Had our universe in it. And the way
its border looks back at us with its light.
This was finally their freedom.
The freedom an oak tree knows.
That is built at night by stars.
I hope to be back by the weekend to show my progress on the fascicle project and the other things I've been holding in my hand during the last two weeks -
Thank you for stopping by and take care fore now...that cruddy buggy season is out there. 


  1. so sorry to hear you're under the weather. just love the stitching you are continuing to do. i gave up on TAST. just don't have the time to do it all. take care of yourself.

    1. Thanks Deanna...I'm just "practicing" all the stitches in a way, those from TAST. I still like the simple stitches the best.

  2. I hope you are feeling better soon. Lovely, if slow, stitching going on. Take care.

    1. thank you carole...yes, slow stitching can be a good tonic any day.

  3. Found my way here from Magic Diaries. Love seeing your stitched pieces with all the many, many stitches. The fascicles are amazing. I love how they provide a consistent format that can connect your varied work into a whole. I've always loved little made cloth books anyway. I also enjoy seeing your sketchbooks. I am afraid there is still a negative voice message in my head about my ability to draw on paper. Now give me a needle and thread and I can draw anything. Ha! Thanks for sharing. Hope you feel better soon

  4. Dear Henrietta, i have not been here to see what you have been doing lately and today.....boom...wow, what a treat:
    i LOVE, LOVE LOVE your fascicles! i love looking at the stitches "in big" thinking to myself "see this one here, well it was done with her hand, lovingly"...i think that because i do not stitch even though i designed and made lots of quilts in my days...i learned how to quilt but never really liked doing the actual stitching so they were beautifully quilted by Amish ladies for me. i did all the marking, quite a job.
    i also loved that little cute face peeking out of the oak leaf! please do more:)
    By now i am thinking that you are back in good health.
    peace and ♥♥♥


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