Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A House of Her Own

My first post back after some much need time away from things....

To help me get back into a more regular stitching regime, I am taking part in Karens latest class Wrapped and Bound in Stitch.

At this stage i am aiming to use the book "A House of Her Own" as inspiration for a cloth wrapped and bound in stitch, for my daughter, Kim.  You see she has just bought her own home and will be moving out at the end of the year.  You know the feelings a mother has with this. Happy for her. Proud of her. At the same time a touch melancholy......Our family life as we know it is changing........So this book and the Wrapped and Bound in Stitch Cloth i make, will be a surprise for her. A kind of moving out / moving in gift.

This book  "A House of Her Own" just fell into my possession. A kind of  serendipity moment. There it was, in the bookstore window, staring right at me, just when i was walking past in a bit of a dream, a mind wander, thinking of  Kims excitement and her trepidation for her furture. It made me stop in my tracks.  I was immediately reminded of  Karen Ruanes   upcoming class.  Perfect timing really. With the most perfect inspiration on each page.

The book is aimed at around 4 year olds and the story line in the book hits home......The little girl in the book decides to move out. She feels there family home is to small. The father in the book assists his little girl to move out into the tree house. He is a busy beaver, in his glory, to help his little girl...This story book is so fitting for a daddy's girl like mine.

I feel it is going to be an exciting 16 weeks.  Karens classes never disappoint.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

An Enchanted Escape

"My Writing Excerpt"

She's here. I know she is. That scent gives it away. Her scent. Sweet as honeysuckle. Informing me of her arrival. The birds chitter and chatter filling the air with the most magical hum joining the butterflies who are fluttering above, reinforcing me of her arrival. Letting me know that my faithful friend has arrived.
“Welcome back Shirley,” Emote sings as she flies under the tree, secreting a silvery shimmering light, trailing behind her. She is lighter and swifter than a lightning bolt and fluid as the water in the river.

" My Stitch Interpretation. "

For this post i changed my process and used my stitching to inspire my writing.
A few years back this toadstool poped up in the garden. I imagined fairies flying around with wings as light as feathers and scent as sweet as honeysuckle.
And so began the inspiration for my stitched "Funki Funghi"

She has the beauty and brilliance of a flower in the sun, with scent is as sweet as honeysuckle.

Her hair is as fine as mist, capable of sprinkling particles of happiness
She is able to bequeath the beauty of life through her presence.

Her caring, compassionate words are like petals falling from her lips.
For she is the guardian of emotions, the feelings of life.

This body of work has a focus on the magical world of fairy fantasy.
A dream world in Faraway Places, where declicate fairies play among the trees, flowers and toadstools.
An Enchanted Escape.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

True Encouragement

Grandmother Shirley, Me-Cherie, Aunty Bern, Mum Marlene, Brother Mark, Cousin Dean - Taken in around 1970.

I have always been close with my Grandmother and for as long as I can remember, have maintained a yearning to write about her early years, a challenging period of her life. This drive has really only been a dream, until August last year when purely by chance, I came across the Writers Studio. So late last year I took a couple of introductory classes with them. These classes presented me with the feeling of freedom that expressing my thoughts into written word provides.
The second class, the genre class, was where I embarked on a journey together with my Grandmother Shirley. I interviewed Shirley and wrote my first pieces about her for each of the four short stories.
Although my writing experience is in its infancy, we both valued this so much and found it a means to turn inwards and help us both heal and grow. So In November of 2015, I enrolled in the Writers Studio Online 1st Draft Novel Class to begin in March 2016.
With my motivation at an all-time high, I spent the most recent December and January speaking with Shirley and noting down her memories in preparation for this class. My aim with this novel class was to attempt to write a novel about her early years of her life and present the book to her.
On Australia Day 26th January 2016, after hours of note taking, Shirley said to me, "Well that’s it; that’s the last."
Four days later, Saturday 30th January, she passed away unexpectedly. At the age of 91 she had been doing really well. Walking every morning and maintained a sociable existence with our large family. Aortic Dissection was found to be the cause.
With my emotions, passion and purpose in turmoil the writing aspirations that I set in motion in November 2015, for the upcoming class, were abruptly overturned.  Throughout February I felt like I was grasping at nothingness. Time seemed to stop. And nothing seemed important. My whole body didn’t want to respond to anything. I was frozen in time and I as tried with all my might to put one foot ahead of the other, it felt like I was dragging myself through honey.
However, I have since been informed that she was so thrilled I was writing about her life. Apparently she spoke of it to many family members. It had taken us a few months but i now have many pages of rough notes to hopefully incorporate within this journey. In addition to this she portrayed a sense of relief in letting go of emotional baggage buried within her soul. She was happy and at peace. That is true encouragement for me. So I now pick myself up and recommence one step at a time...

" My Stitch Interpretation. "

For my stitch sampler - I have employed silk ribbon techniques, fabric painting and loose french knots.

 The encouragement i gain from my Grandmother Shirley is shown in my stitch interpretation - A goddess. 
Her hair is as fine as mist, capable of sprinkling particles of happiness. 
Her caring, compassionate words are like petals falling from her lips
She is able to bequeath the beauty of life through her presence.
For she is the guardian of emotions, the feelings of life.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Forget Me Not!

Today i begin sharing my writing and stitch interpretation referencing my Grandmother Shirley.



"My Writing Excerpt"

{Below is an excerpt, a small passage, of my narrative from the period in Shirleys life when she was 12 years of age.}
I have moments when I feel like mum is here watching over me. Guiding me with little signs that disappear as quickly as they appear.

Only yesterday I found forget-me-nots growing amongst the brambles on the river bed. Such a strange spot for this pretty blue flower to reside.
Was this a message to me from mum? For me to remember her and all she taught me? I think possibly so, for as i lent over and gently picked one of the forget-me-nots, it scream the moment it was uprooted from the earth. A loud piercing screech, that took me by surprise, but verified my suspicions. This tiny sweet little blue flower was informing me that it is well aware of the rules of nature that mum taught me.
"To love something is to appreciate it. Not own it. Not possess it. So you should never pick a flower you love for it will die and not be the wonder that you loved.
Forget-Me-Nots peeping out of the brambles


" My Stitch Interpretation. "

The piece of work in this image is a woolen blanket that I am in the process of embellishing with Silk Ribbon and Wool embroidery
Blue Forget Me Nots, using 2mm silk ribbon and stitched with ribbon loop stitch

Blue Forget Me Nots, using appletons wool and stitch with lazy daisy stitch


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Reflections of 2015

I began 2015 with the intent to begin journal writing as a means to heal and grow. Unbeknown to me at the time, this was my inception into a world that would open up new doors of creativity for me.  As i ventured through each day, I found the journal writing ritual, most enjoyable. Expressing my thoughts into the written word is providing me with an array of inspiration for my needlework endeavors.

After only 3 months of journal writing, the whole process opened up my mind and heart to emotions i didn't even know existed. Keeping in mind that my initital intent with journal writing was to help me heal and grow, and wanting to explore myself further, I found the most amazing mentor Corona Brady and in April 2015 began working with her.
And so began a 9 month journey, with fortnightly meetings via skype, where Corona supported me along the path of self discovery.

Throughout this period Corona taught me meditation, Kundalini yoga, the importance of rituals, mindfulness and an array of other energy healing techniques. This work with Corona, and in particular the deep mediation process that she guided me through, further developed my enquiry skills and I became fascinated by the possibility that patterns, emotions and feelings could, maybe, be passed on down through the generations without us even realising. Hence, i began asking questions about my grandmother and great grandmother.

I am in a very fortunate position. My Grandmother Shirley is here with us and at 91 years of age, is patient enough to participate in my "interviews" of her earlier life. A very hard, sad life indeed.

So for 2016 my writing and stitching focus has begun with further exploration into my grandmother, Shirley and her life journey. I am looking forward to sharing snippets of my writing and stitch interpretations here on my blog throughout 2016.

Four Generations of Girl Power !
From left to right
Kim{my daughter}, Cherie{Me}, Marlene{my mother}, Shirley{my grandmother}

Monday, November 30, 2015

Journal 2015 - November Snippets - "Listen to the Whispers"

A little while ago, i came across a Quote on Pinterest.
{It can be  viewed on Pinterest here}. Also, it is just below...

"If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won't have to hear it scream."


Well this was like a little slap on the face for me.  I resonated with it in such a strong way. I journalled on this for many days and then wrote a little piece on how ignoring those whispers felt for me.

"Listen to the Whispers"

I ignored the whispers, the feathery tingles travelling from the pit of my stomach to the tip of my crown.  I didn’t take notice of the murmurs wriggling inside the doughy flesh springing from cell to cell.  It muttered and mumbled trembling with concern, recognising a feeling of dis-ease. Still I didn’t listen, as it continued hissing a tale of a looming threat. I pondered a moment at the disruption and inconvenience, but confidently insisted for the ache and pain to go away.  Groaning it snapped and roared, shooting a burning sensation through each neuron. Angry at my recklessness, the amygdala high jacked my whole brain and overrode all functions within my body.  I sobbed at the unjust burning sensation overtaking me, and wondered how it could have so much power over my body and tender me immobile.  Gulping, I whined “Wasn’t my mind in charge of my brain?” I stammer as I reminisce of my dependable and constant approach to my duties and responsibilities each day. Smirking mercilessly, it reminded me of the imbalance I have created within my body and lack of soul vitamins.

" My Stitch Interpretation. "

Bullion Knots - French Knots - Seed Stitch - Circles

Bullion knots representing the murmers wriggling -squirming - jumping popping and protruding inside the doughy flesh, springing from cell to cell. 

Circles representing the doughy flesh, the brain, the mind.
Neat compact circles portraying a dependable and constant approach to duties and responsibilities each day
Taupe for imbalance within the body and lack of soul vitamins.
Pink for hope, playfulness, soul vitamins, creating and fun

Pink is a softer, less violent red. Pink is the sweet side of red. Both red and pink denote love but while red is hot passion, pink is romantic and charming. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Journal 2015 - October Snippets - Spring Reminiscing

Spring is in full swing, flower are blooming, baby birds chirping in the trees with longer days to stroll in nature. My journal writing of late has me reflecting on past pieces of  embroidery work. This reminiscing uncovered my spring time lap quilt finished a few years ago. It was made for a little girl. Not that i have a little girl to give it to at the moment. But one day i may and i will be prepared!

   As with most of my embroidery, i begin with a theme to work to. This spring time lap quilt was inspired by Venus-Goddess of Love

Inspiration from "Birth Of Venus" 

The above image was sourced from here
The painting by Alessandro Botticelli, “Birth of Venus” (1485), is among the most treasured masterpieces of the Renaissance.
In Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” (1485), the goddess Venus [also known as Aphrodite in Greek mythology]   emerges full grown from the sea foam on a shell. The shell is pushed to the shore from the winds produced by the Zephyr wind-gods amongst a shower of roses. As the goddess is about to step on the shore, the Goddess of Seasons reaches out to cover her with a flowered cloak.
According to Mythology Venus is the Goddess of Love and is also known as the Goddess of:-
o Love
o Heart
o Doves / Swans
o Art
o Inspiration
o Creativity
o All things Gracefull
o Roses
o Gardens
o Cultivated Fields
In this image, I see Venus as a picture of beauty and pure, innocence. For me, It also portrays a symbol of spring, as it is known that when Venus first set foot on dry land—flowers sprung from her footsteps.

"My Stitch Interpretation"

My Crazy Patchwork lap quilt includes embellishments depicting gardens-roses-hearts-love-cultivated fields.   The colours I worked with have a focus on spring, keeping in line with the goddess Venus as she stepped onto the shore, from the shell and is greeted by the Goddess of Seasons - spring who is said to reach out and cover her with a flowered cloak.

 And here is a little bit about the colours i have used,

Pink is a softer, less violent red. Pink is the sweet side of red. Both red and pink denote love but while red is hot passion, pink is romantic and charming.Some of the words that represent the various shades of the color pink are Salmon, coral, hot pink, fuschia, blush, flesh, flush, fuchsia, rose
A well know phrases people say about the word pink is “Tickled pink -This means the person Is happy, content”.
I have used pink on this piece to convey playfulness. It is thought by many that pink is a little girl colour.
Green is life and renewal. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment. Green is a restful color. Because of all the green in nature the color is reminiscent of Spring. Green is a colour that has warming and cooling effect. The color green denotes balance, harmony, and stability.
Some of the words that represent the shades of green are emerald, sea green, seafoam, olive, olive drab, pea green, grass green, apple, mint, forest, lawn green, lime, spring green, leaf green, aquamarine, beryl, chartreuse, fir,, pine, moss, jade, sage, sap, viridian
I have used green alongside blue to give an effect of nature - water and forest. Together they can signify new beginnings and growth.  

Blue is a calming colour.In many cultures blue is significant in religious beliefs. It is thought to bringbrings peace, andis believed to keep the bad spirits away.Blue conveys importance and confidence True blue - someone loyal and faithful.Words know torepresent various shades of the color blue are sapphire, azure, beryl, cerulean, cobalt, indigo, navy, royal, sky blue, baby blue, robin's egg blue, cyan, cornflower blue, midnight blue, slate, steel blue, Prussian blue.
A well know saying is“Out of the blue” – which is talking about something unexpected (could be positive or negative)   
Yellow is a cheerful, sunshine colour. It is a warm color that signifies hope and happiness Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future. Yellow is a colour that stimulates the nervous system,activates the memory and encourages communication

Well known phrases for yellow are:--
oYellow ribbon – Which is used as a symbol of hope, support, remembrance
oMellow yellow – Represents a laid back approach.
Well known words that represent the various shades of the color yellow are:- Lemon, yellow ocher, golden, saffron, cream, topaz, mellow yellow.
Although it can work as the primary color, yellow often works best as a companion to other colors.I have used a bright yellow to create excitement and perk up the subdued blue and pink.