Tomorrow being Wednesday is my day where I usually have a little sketch and also look through my other designs and sketches to see what I am going to make or discard. I have some things to make for print so I want to see if there is anything there that is spec or can be tweaked maybe.
I am very much wanting to do a sampler type design with a Shaker/Primitive theme attached to it. As you all know I am very interested in The Shakers and their lifestyle and particularly in the sisters who were so talented at stitching and painting/art work. They too loved words and poems and I did some sketching whilst at The Shaker Village last October so it is time to revisit my sketch book and see what I can use. It was a beautiful day and no rain and it was warm with a little breeze and I have put that in the margin of my book. I can see me being immersed in it with all the wonderful memories that will no doubt come back....
The image that you see on your right is something that I took a photo of there and you know it just sums up the simplicity of their beautiful life and also gets me thinking about things to sketch and what ideas I can come up with for this new sampler. I love lots of the primitive images and the simplicity as I have said, sometimes less is so much more and that is going to be my aim for this piece that I want to create.
Looking out of my sewing room window at the icy rain I can not help but wish it was snow, it is so beautiful and the world falls a little silent in it. It is like having a white blanket of peace thrown over the land.
The south coast where I live does not have much in the snow department and being very close to the sea and the salt air does not help the snows cause. I think the snow would be more cheerful than the icy rain that is hitting at the window as I write this.
The birds are not keen on this weather and the garden is very quiet and I am imagining now that the birds are still tucked up in their nests waiting for a break in this rather brutal weather to come down and have breakfast.
I too am later today I was nestled in our bed very cosy and listening to the rain and dropped off again! Then when I woke I thought I will just have a quick truffle around in my linen stash and the time just flew I am afraid.
I love every aspect of going about a new project from sketches to seeking out gorgeous vintage fabrics, linens and other treasures - to putting it all together in a project basket for the design I have decided upon to the slow stitching process which is almost hypnotic.
Sat by the fire with candles and fairy lights aglow and lucky enough to think in the warmth of our home is such a treat and as I always say I am very grateful that I am able to do it especially on such a bitter January day like today. It is a sleety rain that is pattering on my window but my little star fairy lights are brightening my view and still not a bird in sight not even flying in the sky. That is unusual as there are normally seagulls which seem far more hardy in their mission for food.
With the primitive sampler in mind there is no frivolity at all but I must always have a button in my work it is my thing so I will try and choose one appropriate to what I sketch and finally start to stitch. Tomorrow then is when I will work on what to sew. I am going to have a wonderful day immersed in this project. It will not be started for a while as I need to finish what I am working on at the moment and finish up some more little pumpkins ... I have become really addicted to them as well.
I will have to have a good look through my fabrics and buttons and of course choose some hand dyed shaker threads too. It is a day of pure wonder for me.
Today though I am behind my time and after I have finished writing this blog it is go have some breakfast and then it is go around and light candles and sort the fire out ready to light. Then check in my project basket for the little pink and white three mice who still appear and I think sleep in my project basket at night all cosy in the paisley folds (if you are just joining us here the three mice are the ones that I bought before Christmas and they have string tails and button eyes and have been having adventures around our home)
When I am sorted I am going to sit and slow stitch today but will keep my jotter by me just in case an idea should pop into my head but I need to concentrate on what is needed today. Well what do you know the rain is stopping and leaving behind a very grey cold day but I spy some little hungry birds who have started to come for their breakfast. I think I will go and join them from our dinning room I can watch them as well and have my late breakfast too. What ever you are doing stay warm and cosy and if you do not have to go out today light some candles and stay off the treacherous roads.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and I will see you back here on Thursday morning. As always have a wonderful Happy Stitching kind of day! XX