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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Still Here_Still Stitching

It's been a while since I last posted here. I've been so busy getting Mom's new home arranged and handling her financial arrangements that I didn't realize how long it's been since I shared with you all.



After our snow and cold, the past 2 days have been sunnier and warmer. I got some lovely sunset cloud colors on my camera this evening from the parking lot of the Hastings book and media store in Canon City where I had been picking up books for grandchildren. The moon is even visible in some of them; the color was more in the south and east since there were no clouds on the mountain skyline to the west.







I haven't had time or energy to do any quiltmaking but have gone back to my long time sanity saver, needlepoint. I can do this in the evenings while watching TV with Joe. Christmas time always gets me into stitching more ornaments. I'm finishing some pieces that I started last year; I finished the green stitching on a tree and filled in the empty bars with gold yarn. There is also a photo of a Christmas tree that I stitched and beaded last year; the colored bugle beads make good tree ornaments. I'm also putting the background stitches around an angel, which is shown in the photo with another angel that I stitched last year. I finish these with a felt backing that covers a layer of thin batting.





When we moved to Florence from Deer Trail 20 years ago I managed to lose my large collection of needlepoint beaded ornaments that I had made, so each year I try to add a few ornaments to my recreated collection. I've also made ornaments for the kids through the years. The one piece I was sorriest to lose was a tree top angel that a male friend made for me when I lived in Boulder. Jack was fascinated when I began to needlepoint in the early 70s and had to figure out how to do it backwards, since he was lefthanded. Later, he actually found a book on needlepointing for lefties.





I love to make quilts, but I do not find it relaxing, and I wear out quickly. The rhythmic hand stitching of needlepoint has always been a very relaxing activity for me in a way that nothing else is. I am so thankful that I can still hold and manipulate the tapestry needles, which are larger than the quilting needles that I am no longer able to use.

9 comments:

sue said...

I often revert to hand stitching for relaxation or comfort, there just something soothing about it.
Have a good Christmas

Debra Spincic said...

Lovely needlepoint! I still hope you will finish the nativity set soon. I love it too!

Rose said...

Just glad to see you posting again...I check every day religiously.

Right now I am not doing much of anything in the stitching dept...and I feel sort of empty without it. I do go down and sew a few lines sometimes but nothing has my undivided attention and I miss that feeling.

Kim said...

Nice work Fran! Handwork can be very rewarding and relaxing... these are lovely.

paula, the quilter said...

I am now going thru the assisted living process for my Auntie. I've been making 2-3 trips to Denver each week and this week did the tours of facilities and the financial stuff. The smartest thing I did was hire a Care Navigator. Good Luck.

Quiltnbee said...

So good to see yu here again, Fran. I love your stitching...

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I love your needlepoint, Fran. I tried needlepoint once. Made a mess, gave up.

Allison Ann Aller said...

The tree with the bugle beads is my favorite!
I miss that rhythmical hand stiching, too. I will be glad when I am done finishing up my large CQ project, that is for sure.
A blessed Christmas to you and yours, dear Fran!

Micki said...

Your needlepoint pieces are really lovely. Merry Christmas to you.