Doodling With String

Grab a needle and do a little doodling!

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Hi, I am back! My son was married last week and it was wonderful. There was even some cool string things involved that I plan to blog about later. Ritual macrame, anyone?

So I have just been doing small stuff this week. I am crocheting two doilies and the ‘pretty purple peacock blanket’, and lastly I have been doodling with string.

My mom gave me a little bag she got from Clinique as a freebie because I loved the colour and pattern, and I can always use more project bags. She looked bemused when I said thank you and grabbed some string and my needlework chatelaine, but what can I say, I love doodling with string ūüôā

Enjoy!

Baba StringThings

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Embroidered Project Bag, Renata Bursten, 08/2016 (Side 1)
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Embroidered Project Bag, Renata Bursten, 08/2016 (Side 2)

 

 

Colouring Inside The (Embroidered) Lines

Some nights the Craft Muse has no mercy at all…

So, I read a cool post from the blog It’s A T-Sweet Day about her¬†Salem Quilt Guild #1¬†project.¬†It is about her¬†quilt piece that had both embroidery and colouring with crayons on the cloth. I must admit to being entranced. It’s gorgeous and inspiring and I strongly suggest checking the post and blog out!

I couldn’t wait another minute to try it myself ūüôā

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Baba’s Current StringThings

Here is what I have been working on this week…

Here is a quick round up of what I’ve got on the go this week…

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A Pretty Peacock Blanket for Miss.B.
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Blocking a new piece of thread crochet, a pattern-free mandala or doily.

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Visible Mending: The Beauty Of Broken Things

It’s been a hell of a overcomsumption party, but the fun is over and the guests are puking in the bushes outside. It’s time to relearn the wisdom of Making Do and Mending.

The Japanese have a really beautiful set of aesthetic traditions that, to me, are the exact opposite of the frantic, febrile spasm of over consumerism that the world seems to be caught up in. We are literally consuming ourselves to death.

One of the most beautiful and healing of these concepts is wabi sabi.

Wikipedi says, “Wabi-sabi¬†represents Japanese aesthetics¬†and a Japanese world view¬† centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

“the wabi-sabi aesthetic include¬†asymmetry, ¬†asperity (roughness or irregularity),¬†simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy.” (Wikipedia)

Those are such beautiful concepts. There is a coolness, serenity, naturalness and acceptance that feels like the exact opposite of anxiety in these concepts. Now I am no expert at all, but I think I really get this right down to my bones. These are my guiding principals¬†as a craftswoman. Continue reading “Visible Mending: The Beauty Of Broken Things”

Does Anyone Else Rescue Abandoned Craft Projects?

Finding a half finished and abandoned craft project always makes me so sad…

Finding a half finished and abandoned craft project always makes me so sad…

I always wonder what happened? Did the crafter just get bored? Or did someone’s mother ¬†get old, and in the process of sorting their stuff out, a son or daughter decided to donate a half completed project?

I always feel that there is a tragedy there.

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What Do You Call Your Arts And/Or Craftsy Self?

In praise of all of the Craftivists, Textile Artists, Crafters, Embroideresses, Spinsters, and Needleworkers…

Image above is Alter Image by Alanna Tyson Her post on Art vs Craft is well worth reading

I am a craftswoman, not an artist. I am a Craftivist ¬†too.¬†Let me tell you why…

The Personal Is Political

Words can be unexpectedly powerful. The difference between a craftswoman, needleworker, crocheter, fibre or textile artist, and artisan, etc., may be only a matter of terminology, but what you call yourself  makes a real difference in both self and public perception.

As always, the personal is political.

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Antique Pattern Library Catalog

Hundreds of years of needlework and yarncraft patterns, all for free!

 

Here are some of the wonderful free vintage publications from the awe-inspiring¬†Antique Pattern Library Catalog. I can’t recommend this site highly enough. Do yourself a favour; put your feet up, grab a cup of tea, and settle in for a good rummage through the patterns.

Antique Pattern Library Catalog

If, like me you are a huge fan of both string and history then this site is a treasure trove. It’s like a really old second-hand bookstore; you might have to do a bit of hunting¬†around to¬†find the gems but it’s totally worth it.

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