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I like how your "just going" has gone.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2021 on One hill leads to another... at handstories
I have a little Daphne that has been through a lot of hardship, but every year without fail she blooms with that heavenly fragrance. And I love your tree with the moon and stars, and the subtle rainbow of it all.
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2021 on Blue & potatoes at handstories
I didn't know either, but when you and Sarita both said you didn't, I looked it up. It's a seed, nut or fruit piece coated in candy similar to an M&M, but the coating is more like jawbreaker layers--30 of them! And bringing it back 'round to topic (sort of), they were "colored red with mulberry juice or cochineal, blue with indigo, green with spinach, and yellow with saffron. (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/food/the-plate/2014/12/23/visions-of-sugarplums/#close)
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2020 on October at Spirit Cloth
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That's me--here, there and elsewhere, doing this that and the other thing and sometimes I don't know where I am or what I'm doing, but that's okay most of the time.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2020 on And so it Continues at Spirit Cloth
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I need to make some templates You may want to consider crosswinds.net--or not. (Just thought I'd provide info): I tried to see what typepad offers, but the page has a big "Typepad is currently not accepting new signups." over the info. (I wonder if they are going to be phasing out.) So I can't say if it's a better deal for you, but crosswinds.net offers a great deal with great service. I had problems with my original blog, but that was because I had chosen one that was beyond my capabilities. I'm finding wordpress (is that what typepad uses?) much more user friendly (and there are lots of other options). And with crosswinds I have unlimited space should I ever decide to develop the nonblog part of my website (which is what I started with)--or expand the blog into a full website. Jenn always answers my questions, even the ones non host related (usually to direct me to relevant help), and if it's is a host related problem they either already are or get right to fixing it. I don't get anything for recommending them. I really do think they're good.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2020 on Over and over at Spirit Cloth
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Ditto Michelle Slater Indigo looks kind of like my kitchen window basil.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2020 on Just Today at Spirit Cloth
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(((((((((((((Grace)))))))))))) I've no words. You're in my prayers. Stay safe.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2020 on Dusk at windthread
YES!!! I've been trying to figure this out. Making beautiful, artful THINGS (Blankets, clothes, whatever) as opposed to making ART. Something useful, practical in some way, but maybe also art in that it conveys/contains more than what it is. I do not understand "story" any more. (The use of the word story on Facebook, for example, boggles me. Why are some posts "my story" and some not?) My brain sees "a story," something with a beginning, middle and end--a book or a movie/tv show, something one reads, watches, or tells. I think I grasp the concept, but my brain has yet to reach that aha moment in which I understand the word-concept connection. I do understand "putting a bit of myself into" whatever I am making. Is this art? Story? I have always tried to be very precise with my words (written words, at least). Even with the richest language on Earth, maybe that is impossible here. Cloth, any kind or size, has a visual element, but is so much more than a visual media. But it's not a verbal media (unless words are added). My brain is buzzing!
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2020 on Connection at Spirit Cloth
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I'm a bit in limbo regarding my garden dress, waiting for dye. I started to piece my scraps together, but it didn't feel right. I want to piece them directly onto the cloth. I also want to sketch an idea of what I'll be doing... or not. It helps me to have a plan even when I know I won't really be following it, but maybe what I can keep in my head is enough until I get to the next step. I love reading comments here, seeing the alike-ness and also the not alike. Those who comment here are woven and/or patched together, each unique, but all one cloth. I like that. I think it's part of what drew me here. Been reading What If... Realized I usually skip "what if" and just do whatever it is I'm thinking (if I do it all). Just now sensed a connection to weaving, and mending and patching--darning! Probably nothing new to you. Well, not really to me either, but only just connected it here. Slowly learning as I get older that all really is one at some level. Fascinating!
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2020 on The Big Swing at Spirit Cloth
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Thank you, Jude and Jen. OK... so I'm looking at this https://www.dharmatrading.com/kits/starter/sets/indigo-dye-kit.html because I've always heard good things about Dharma. Tell me if you think something else would be better, please. BUT... I don't know what my cloth is made of and it says it's for natural fabrics. It could be cotton or a cotton blend. Probably not linen. It's not wrinkle free after washing, but it's also not as wrinkled as quilting cotton gets. I don't know enough to know if that's because of fiber or weave or both or neither. (for someone who loves cloth, I know very little about it) Should I just go ahead and see what happens as my natural inclination suggests? I'm checking to see if this kit is available locally. If not it'll be a while.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2020 on Hunker Down and Align at Spirit Cloth
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And I wanted to say thank you, Jude. I haven't been so excited about a class or project since I took Sharon b's embroidery classes 8-10 years ago.
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2020 on Hunker Down and Align at Spirit Cloth
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Jude!You look very happy and peaceful in that photo. I miss my blog! I go look at the ragmates photos on Instagram and read here and get so many ideas. I do journal in a notebook, but in the blog, it's more like chatting. (Sample blog is up and hopefully someone will figure out the login problem soon, so I can make it mine again.) My cloth is a wonderfully soft, printed brocade. (Probably drapery fabric.) I can stitch through 4 layers even though it's heavier (thicker) than cotton. The print doesn't match the brocade design. Plus the design is too dull and gray for me to wear, so I'm going to use the reverse. And because the brocade design is pretty, I'd like some of it to show. I think dying it would enhance the textural design, and I LOVE indigo blue, but I have never dyed with anything other than Rit in the washing machine (over 40 years ago). Needless to say, I can't make my own indigo dye. I'm going to experiment with diluted acrylic paint, but would appreciate any ideas, because it's not really white on the reverse side. Though definitely subdued, it's still a bit blah gray to me.
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2020 on Hunker Down and Align at Spirit Cloth
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Trying again. Oh, how I love this! I really like your questions, too. They make me think... hard. I'll be pondering them for a while. And one more that they made me think of ... why do I want my quilts to be both art and functional. I haven't done many, and they are mostly small, but I yearn to make something large to hang on a wall, for the very reason MoCrow mentioned about tapestries-to help warm the room in winter. And also to be ensconced in them even as I am up and about.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on Looking again at Spirit Cloth
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Did you get my comment? It just disappeared.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on Looking again at Spirit Cloth
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A belated Happy Birthday!
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on Sixty Four at Spirit Cloth
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Sounds like a wonderful book! I actually know a lot about knits, but there are so many other fabrics I don't know about.
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I always felt sorry for the subs.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2012 on "The Good Ole Days" at Embroidery Highway
I agree with you 100%. I was blown away by The Hunger Games. I'd heard nothing about it when I went to see it and I, too, want to get the books. Good SF! The Avengers was all I expected it to be, but not in the same league.
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