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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."

Monday, December 17, 2012

cheer for the holidays

Wanted to wish all of those who drop by, a warm and joyful season.  I've been stitching away without completing too much however, 


this is the piece (well, one of the many UFO-WIPs) I'm working on at the moment.  The text is in process.  It will read, "two sided story, once told."  It's stitched on an old vintage quilt.  The heart is made from some scraps of fabric samples.  It needs work on the edges as well but it's nice in the hand. 

Last week Karen Ruane's "embroider, embellish, create" class EEC had it's last on-line lesson. (The link is the the flickr group so you can see how wonderful the work was from that group.) 

My cloth is not completed.  It's a piece I'm working on for my mum.  I don't know if I'll get it ready for the upon gift day but her birthday is in January (she'll be turning 92) so by then it should be put together. 

Here's where it's at - the pinned stage:



and the last little piece I'm stitching upon now:


This work has been very different for me.  First the colour is white, for the most part. Also, there is a lot of "fancy" stitch work going on.  But, as different as this is from the things I usually show - it is closer to a picture of my mother - soft, vintage cloth that has known something of life - and hopefully representing the beautiful life that I see in her face. 

Well, happiest of holidays - and until the New Year - thank you. 

May I be a better blogger in 2013.  

19 comments:

  1. i really love the frame you've stitched around that UFO...like dripping paint. and i've been following along on flickr with your eec piece. you've done a magnificent job. wishing you a happy holiday season as well.

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  2. wow, ani... just no words. i love what you do so much...

    xoxo

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  3. love your two sided story ...very rich. the piece for your mother seems to me to be very gentle and full of love
    blessings ...

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    1. thank you roz...remembering is a two sided story.

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  4. oh I am in love with your two sided story !!! your stitching is so very fine!

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    1. hi mo...all those threads - each has a place somewhere in a story. thanks for stopping by

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  5. at the risk of sounding like another bump in the broken record above, i just love, love, love your two sided story, henrietta!!! so beautiful. so many whispers. yummy!

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  6. i always look forward to a post from you . i vote for more posts in 2013 . your work always inspires me .
    xxoo

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  7. Even though you are not used to working with so much white, the piece for your mother is not only lovely and tender, it is still so very you. I really like it. She will surely be touched by the love that piece speaks. And I like the other pieces you are sharing here. Looking forward to seeing more. I wish my own mother was still with me so that I could give her something from my hand.

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    1. oh, thank you so much for your lovely thoughts. touch your heart - your mom will feel your love. happy dreams to come

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  8. the last one in particular is lovely... have a beautiful holiday... x

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  9. what a beautiful picture you paint of your mother with words......I adore your work.
    I love to see you blogging....happy I came here today.
    http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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  10. Two sided story is incredible! So many details to love... Happy Holidays to you and your mom!

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  11. Really like your heart on the old quilt with all the stitching detail. And your work for Karen is gorgeous--had to zoom in to examine it. The old linens are so pretty under a gentle hand.
    And as for your last sentence, I think you should say, instead, "I hope to blog as much as I did in 2012"--your readers are thankful for all you may have to offer. A blog is a gift and quantity matters little. Wishing you a New Year with lots of sewing and blogging adventures!
    best, nadia

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  12. just back again being nosy....your top picture, two sided story, today the lower edge shouted at me, it's glorious, melting almost.
    http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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  13. Ani, two amazing cloths. Such rich old world colours in your heart piece. I love it!
    And the beautiful quilt for your mother...that is so special (as as your words about your mother). I love Karens work, but unfortunately dont have fast enough internet to do one of her online workshops. What you have done here is beautiful, the white work with vintage linens .... stitched with love for you mother.
    Wishing you much happiness and good health in 2013 Ani.

    Jacky xox

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  14. i like the piece for your mom especially. what a wonderful gift. it's been ages since i've been here, but what a treat today!

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  15. I REALLY LIKE the vintage work! It is so nice to see!

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