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Monday, 3 December 2012

Counting Sheep.

I feel like I've been neglecting the blog.  My goodness, WHAT A WEEK.  I thought after getting the show up, that I would have a couple days off.  No such luck.  Our household ran amuck with sick kids: stomach flus to colds and coughs.  Goodness.  I haven't done this much laundry since spring when everyone is muddy all the time.  I haven't lost this much sleep since my first baby (a.k.a Mister Colic).  I must admit that my children and I were extra thankful that I now work from home.


In between massive amounts of housework and nursing duties, I thought I'd revisit the idea of making up some embroidery stitch samples.  I had every intention of starting up "Saturday Stitches" again, but I didn't get as far as blogging about it until now (1 am, everyone is asleep so I have time to get some art work done).

couching samples

I played around with a few different styles of hand couching.  I stretched some thick woven cloth onto a square stretcher.  Oh my - I love square/rectangle hoops!  I must get a better one.  This one is only 6x6 on the inside.  In the meantime I have some giant binder clips that I can use on a canvas stretcher.  I have stretcher bars of all sizes, so that will make for some interesting work!

In the mean time, I checked out images of sheep and started to think about how I would stitch them.  I did some sketches in various poses.

sheep study

Then I dug out some yarn for the body, and dark thread for the rest.  I just stuck them on my sampler for future reference.

itty bitty sheep

p.s. I have a plan for these sheep... (shhhhhh)

In the mean time, if you are interested in purchasing any of my recent thread paintings, nearly all are for sale.  You can view them at the end of the "Fibre Art" page tab at the top of this blog.  The sold ones are marked as such.  If you are at The Centre when office hours are closed, email me (mysweetprairie@gmail.com) or call 306.979.3519 in Saskatoon, Canada.  Shipping is on me.

Happy December : )


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh - i do love sheep! here's a 'sheep joke' for you - the kids might like it!
how many sheep does it take to make a sweater? none - sheep can't knit!
hee hee!
cheers!
molly

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Becky said...

Those sheep are adorable!!

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