Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 Journal Project - January Snippets - Worry

For me 2015 began quietly, with peacefully thoughts of the year ahead. By the 3rdof January we woke to an SMS from the CFS Bushfire Emergency Warning,  with a fire warning and to be on alert, possible evacuation. This lasted until 9thJanuary. 
We were not evacuated, we were the lucky ones, safe and sound. 
 
Throughout this period, as I wrote in my journal each day, it alerted me to the point that one day we are happy, content, and peaceful, but these feelings can all change in a moment. Which can bring about worry.
My "Worry Doodles"
We all have worries in life, big or small. I believe that in reality a situation is usually made worse by worry, because the mind is consumed, overly focused, on the worry and not on a possible solution.
 My "Worry Doodles" Big or Small
Worry is the Dark Room in our brain where Negativity resides. . I have noticed that quite often I worry about things that never actually happen, or things that are in the past and can’t be changed. If not careful, this can lead to bouts of negative thoughts.
"Worry is the Dark Room in our Brain, where Negativity Resides"
 
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by some form of worry, where the emotion totally consumes you, takes over your mind and seems to control what you are thinking..............

 The dictionary tells me that "Worry", is to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret, anxieties, trouble, uneasiness
Which brings me to my "2015 Journal Project", - first stitch interpretaion of what is happening within my Journal Writing. The focus is on Worry and the effect it has on our lives along with guidance by the dictionary meanings, Troubles, Anxiety, Uneasiness, Disturbing Thoughts, and Frets...

My stitch interpretaion for Worry - Going around in Circles, Worry Lines, Bumps in our travells, Pit holes, Frayed Nerves.
 
Stitch Interpretation
Trouble, = Going around in Circles, = White wrapping of threads
Anxiety, = Worry Lines, = Gold stright stitches
Uneasiness, = Bumps in daily travels, =Grey and White Bullion Knots
Disturbing Thoughts, = Pit holes  = negative space created by the fraying and circles, = Grey handmade paper behind holes.
Fret, = Frayed nerves - Scrim with Pulled Threads to create Holes within the scrim, =Ecru and Gold.

Materials Engaged
Cheese Cloth,
Sheer fabric snippets - Gold
Lace snippets - ecru
DMC Stranded - Gold
Cosmo Stranded - Grey 154 
DMC Pearl No 8 - Ecru
  
Techniques
FME {Free Machine Embroidery}
Wrapping Threads
Bullion Knots
French Knots

My stitch interpretation has been guided by what i am learning in Karen Ruane's class Swathed in Stitch


 
 
Worry does not solve anything. Worry does not prevent anything. Worry does not heal anything.
When we worry, we often don’t trust, but when we trust we don’t worry.

For me trust is an emotion within us where we assess the likelihood of gain and loss, then conclude whether the other party will behave in a predictable manner. It is taking a chance, instead of worrying what the outcome will be.
Coincidentally, as i was writing this post, i also came across Stephanie Dowrick on Light in the Darkness . About 3 paragraphs down, Stephanie Dowrick talks about "Enlightened Mind - a mind where light can shine even on its own darkness fearlessly" .
How’s that for trust. Trusting that what you require, will be provided, when you need it most, but least expect it.
 
 
 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog Party 2015

A warm welcome and many thanks for visiting by blog and especially a bit thank you to our party host, 2 Bags Full - Vicki.  This is my first Blog Party and I am excited to join you and have you join me. I am looking forward to viewing other guest’s blogs during this 2015 Party Season. 
2 Bags Full

My name is Cherie and I am the mum of a 21 year old son and a 25 year old daughter, who still live at home with my husband and I. I am happy with this as I love having them around and both are my motivation and inspirations in everything I do.  We live on 25 acres in the Adelaide Hills, in a lovely old Georgian home, with 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 alpacas, 3 horses, and many many wild birds who visit each day.
 

My   blog is still a baby and is mainly about my journey through learning embroidery techniques, predominantly hand embroidery. It began as a means for me to record my progress and as a tool for me to look back at my travels with thread and a needle. In February of 2014, I began a yearlong project and named it “Dear Diary 2014”.  Each week I took inspiration from an image in my V&A Diary, and then interpreted it into a stitch based sample.  My aim was to produce a ledger of handiwork to keep as inspiration for the future.


It is now complete and has become a Sampler Book - a Needlework Ledger, to keep on display ensuring that my stitching future is full of inspiration. You can find more about this project on the right hand side of my blog under “Labels”. Each post is labelled by weeks, Week 1, Week 2..etc..

I also enjoy casual journal writing, and love the feeling of expressing my thoughts into written words, which, I have decided, will form the basis of my hand embroidery journey for 2015.  My intent for 2015 is to begin daily journal writing for the very first time. I have conducted a touch of research and have come to the conclusion that journal writing is a means to turn inwards by writing down your thoughts and feelings, and then perhaps analysing.. I feel the process of journal writing would be a valuable tool to help heal and grow, because by writing down our thoughts we are clearing our mind, making room for new thoughts to enter without being cluttered.

From this journal writing I will take snippets, sentences or just one word and interpret that into a stitch sampler.

So to all you party goers, I do hope you will continue to check back here over the year to see my progress with journal writing, stitch sampling and most importantly growth and healing. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Journal Writing - Growth and Healing

 Looking back at my Dear Diary 2014 project, it is a Sampler Book - a Needlework Ledger, to keep on display ensuring that my stitching future is full of inspiration.   It has become a picture journey of my stitching travels from 2014.
 
Within my needlework ventures,  I would now like to include words that have meaning to me, -- my thoughts, feelings and daily experiences. Casual writing is something that i have always enjoyed, and I love the feeling of expressing my thoughts into written words,
which, I have decided, will form the basis of my hand embroidery journey for 2015. 
 
So for 2015 it is my intent to begin journal writing for the very first time.  
 
From this journal writing I will take snippets, sentences or just one word and interpret that into some form of Needlework.
  
 I have conducted a touch of research beginning with looking at two books and websites,
 
The Artists Way -  Julia Cameron 
 
 
Creative Journal Writing  - Stephanie Dowrick
 
  
I beleive that journal writing is a means to turn inwards and write down your innermost thoughts and feelings.    This process of journal writing will be another valuable tool to help me heal and grow.

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dear Diary 2014 - Beginning and Ending

Dear Diary 2014, The Beginning

I began this project in February 2014, incorporating my V&A 2014 Diary, which has the most exquisite images from the V&A Collection. Each week of this diary has an image of embroidery, patchwork, fashion, clothes, shoes and many more items, from the V&A collection.
The V&A museum, has an abundance of inspirational items,  take a look at this Pinterest - Diary Cover, which I found quite interesting. It is my understanding that it is from collections from the V&A museum.

I did not use this diary to write my "to do list or appointments", instead each week i produced a small piece of needlework inspired by the picture for that week. To look back to the beginning, my interpretation for Week 1, can be seen here . The following weeks can be found on the right hand side of my blog under "Labels"

The Begining Cover of my Diary that i purchased in January 2014


 

 Dear Diary 2014 - The Ending

 
All good things come to an end. Now completed, my 2014 Diary has a weekly ledger of a stitched sample of varying techniques.


It now lives in my library, where the book no long closes flat, but sits proudly, with pages swaying, waiting with anticipation, to be discovered.


My Dear Diary 2014 project has been an amazing journey that has not only captured a piece of needlework that i have produced but a memory of how i I was feeling or what I was doing at that point in time..

 
It has become a Sampler Book - a Needlework Ledger, to keep on display ensuring that my stitching future is full of inspiring, stirring, stimulating, motivating and encouraging dreams, concepts and designs 
 
 









Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dear Diary 2014 - Week 53

29th December 2014 to 4th January 2015.
Week 53 - The final week of my Dear Diary 2014 journey.................................
The V&A image for Week 53 is "Woven silk brocaded, Spitalfields, London,1730-69"
My stitch interpretation is a Rose Bud made out of wire edged ribbon and a piece of lace mounted on card.. From the V&A image, I have picked up the colours red, green, blue, cream.
"Woven silk brocaded, Spitalfields, London,1730-69"







Monday, January 12, 2015

Dear Diary 2014, Week 52

22nd to 28th December 2014
Week 52 V&A image is "Woven silk, brocaded, France, 1770-99", in Christmas colours, red and green.
My interpretation for Week 52 is a piece of  pale green sheer  that has been gathered into flowers, and then mounted onto red card.
"Woven silk, brocaded, France, 1770-99





Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dear Diary 2014, Week 51

15th December to 21st December 2014
The V&A image for Week 51 is "Part of canopy of brocaded satin, Spitalfields, London, 1726-7
The predominant colour in the V&A image {left} is gold, with tiny coloured flowers scattered around.
My stitch interpretation is a butterfly, that has been machine embroidered on "solvey" a plastic type substance that you wash away once stitching is complete. I have used a varigated sewing thread that was stitched over itself many times to hold together once the solvey was washed away.
"Part of canopy of brocaded satin, Spitalfields, London, 1726-7
 
My butterfly has been stitched to a piece of gold/yellow hand made paper.







Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dear Diary 2014, Week 50

8th December to 14th December 2014

The V&A image for Week 50 is  "Woven silk, Lyon,  France,1723-40"
For my interpretation i have used both of the colours from the V&A image - Pink and Buttercup. Both are my favourite colours, but i seem to be more partial to Pink, it is a softer, less violent red, what i think 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
For my interpretation below,  I have used card, hand made pink paper and a piece of lace in a buttercup tone.


The V&A image for Week 50 is "Woven silk, Lyon, France,1723-40"





Dear Diary 2014 - Week 49

1st December to 7th December 2014.
The V&A image on the left is "Dess fabric of brocaded silk, Spitalfields, London, 1734
For my interpretation i have picked up the colours and flora from the V&A the image. I appliqued a transfer piece that has flowers, leaves and a bird. Then gold braid and lace has been appliqued around the edge as a border.
 
The V&A image on the left is "Dess fabric of brocaded silk, Spitalfields, London, 1734









Thursday, January 1, 2015

Dear Diary 2014, Week 48

24th November to 30th November 2014.
Week 48's V&A image is "Woven silk, Spitalfields, London, about1733.
The colours from the V&A image are brown and light latte.My interpretation is a piece of sheer in the light latte colour with a chain stitch circling around the flowers.

V&A image is "Woven silk, Spitalfields, London, about1733







Dear Diary 2014, Week 47

17th November to 23rd November 2014
Week 47 V&A image is "Detail of mantua, Spitalfields, London, mid 1730's.
My interpretation for Week 47 is a piece of brown, gold, red and green fabric. mounted on card .

V&A image is "Detail of mantua, Spitalfields, London, mid 1730's




Dear Diary 2014, Week 46

10th November to 16th November 2014
Week 46 V&A image is "Silk, brocaded with coloured silks and silver thread, France, about 1732
My interpretation for week 46, is a piece of sheer trimming in the colours gold, rose, grey/green. I have mounted the sheer trimming onto a piece of handmade grey paper, in line with the background of the V&A image.
V&A Image - "Silk, brocaded with coloured silks and silver thread, France, about 1732