Life is busy just now - between getting my more-than-forty winks of sleep and dealing with the details of daily working in my shop and the excitement about my daughter's visit next week. :) Still, I should post here more often (smacking my own fingers:)
I realized, looking back through my "recent" posts that I had failed to share this little bit of a work in progress. I am making a commemorative gift for an employee to celebrate her retirement - here is just a small peek for you to enjoy (continuing in my current path of wool love:):
This is an adaption of a Maori tattoo pattern I found online - the person this work will be for is a lover of sea turtles and has been active in beach nest watches for decades. I will make another (different) turtle for the other side of her etui soon.
I went to school as a kid (from first to twelfth grades) in the 60's (I graduated HS in June 1970). I never have been much for sports (certainly in those days girls were hardly encouraged to do much more than cheer where I grew up:) ... but I still managed to 'letter' in high school as a member of the marching band (a very good band, as it happened). This turtle applique reminds me of the letters on school jackets in texture - raised and still fuzzy. Wonder what ever became of my high school jacket? :)
Here are some peeks at another project I have going on today - I started working on the first block for my version of the Civil War Bride Quilt. I'm using fulled/felted wool (NOT wool felt) for the applique (life is not long enough for me to turn under all these edges:) on a cotton background. The pieces are basted down and I'm now enjoying embroidering the edges:
PS Go and read about the beginnings of our commercial greeting card industry here - very inspiring story! :)