Sunday, September 19, 2010

sewing and reaping - or ripping

The High Holidays are over and the year 5771 is in full swing.  Happily, the weather is gorgeous and I did my early morning walk and came back energized to work.

I put these two pieces on the wall to get them out of the way of something else, but now I think they might be interesting together: a combination that would never have occurred to me otherwise. No time to do anything with them now, but worth exploring at some point.  I have had both of these sitting around forever, so it is probably time to do something with them. But when?

I have some challenges for the new year. One huge one that is taking over my life.  And a few small ones:

1) A 12x12 piece that's a nano-micro too small to be stitched to a 12x12 canvas unless I don't face the edges.  But I really don't want to raw-edge stitch the thing...ugh.

2) A large piece that is bugging me. I have to figure out how to fix it because it is supposed to be in a November exhibition. Particularly annoying because it is already stitched.

3) Finish everything I have to do before I leave for San Jose, California on Wednesday morning.

4) Write a description that will make a new workshop sound as terrific as it actually IS.  Considering that I am a wordsmith, I don't know why I am having so much trouble.  Well, maybe on the plane or between flights as I sit in Houston, my brain will kick in.

5) Survive without seeing Miss Emma for a couple of weeks. To make things worse, Jessica and Tommy have misplaced their camera and can't even post pictures of her. Waaaah - I'll have to make do with this one they took on Fire Island last month.

We are off to an art opening this afternoon and then to the movies and dinner with friends.  That should save the day.


Gerrie said...

You are living in the fast lane, lately! I admire your ability to keep everything in balance. Love the photo of Emma as a Fire Island bathing beauty.

Dianne Hricko said...

Great photo... I spent summers on Fire Island in high school.

Eva said...

Nobody ever wore her beach diapers with such an elegance as she does.

Del said...

What is happening in San Jose? (CA, I assume) Nothing in your teaching schedule tells the tale.
[The secret word is "wormu".]

Mandi said...

Ooooh Rayna! I'll be in San Jose by 10am on Wed. I'll see you that afternoon!!!

wlstarn said...

What about binding the 12 x 12 piece with netting in a matching color? Claire (formerly Fenton now Waguespack) did this on some pieces and you could hardly see it on the front.

Libby Fife said...

San Jose used to be fairly close to me! Hope whatever you have going on is good:) Your schedule is exhausting!

Regina Dwarkasing said...

Hi Rayna,

I was surprised about what you said about the combination on your design wall! That you normally would not have chosen this; they are my absolute favorites: the colours of canyons, earth and the sky above. But of course, the combination has to work together in a piece of fiber art and that could make it more difficult. Look forward to see the results!
Grtz (from Holland),
Regina SXM

magsramsay said...

I had same problem with a 12 x 12 piece - couching down perle thread or fine cord around edge with zig-zag did the trick , finishing edge off as well as adding that vital few millimetres. Liked the result so much I've used it intentially since.

Suzanne G in NC said...

Nothing cuter than a little lady in her first cheesecake pose on the beach!!
Have safe journeys.

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