Tuesday, October 6, 2020

200 days

It was 200 days Friday since I have been locked out of my teaching studio.  As for all of us, my world has changed.  Since I retired, my teaching and my studio time at PCH has been so much of my life, to have it stopped leaves a hole.  

The quarantine time has been very productive for some artists and a blank hole for others.  I'm afraid that the blank hole has been my case.  Part of it was the hypothyroid problem, but I also could not do anything very creative.  I have been able to do things that I do not have to design or make decisions on.  I have finished stitchery projects that I started years ago, in some cases.  My first was the Jim Shore Santa kit that I got and started years ago.  I messed it up and put it away.  I actually bought new fabric to start it all over, and with the quarantine it filled the "keep my hands busy" need.  The piece is about 14" x 16" and a good part of it is solid stitchery.  Since it takes about an hour to do a square inch of it, I was kept busy for a good time and I really like the picture.  I got it framed and have it hanging in my livingroom, Christmas in July.  I will enjoy it until the Christmas season and then it will go away for a year until next Christmas.  I have done that with several pieces that were really Christmas purchases, and I had hanging for a year when I first got them, because I liked them.  

My pictures and for that matter all my computer is messed up because I had to upgrade.  I still do not have a good picture editing soft ware, and I am slow to learn the new system.  I don't need much because I just do these pictures for myself and not for big prints, but do you have any suggestions for a simple photo editing soft ware?

While I relearn my options, I will continue flailing along.

My second stitchery was also cross stitch, but one that I have liked for a long time then found it available at my LYS (Shepard's Bush in Ogden).  It is Sheep Virtues, and the owners of the shop picked out hand dyed yarns for me to use instead of the ones listed on the pattern.  The piece ended up looking great, but as I am having problems with the picture soft ware, I did not take a picture of the finished piece.  

Here is one of the twelve motifs in process, this is the October one.

Then I finished a counted cross that my Mom gave me, I think before my children were born (that makes is about 40 years) or a little after they were born.  It was about half finished and didn't take the time the Santa or Sheep did.  After I finished that one, I figured that I could do some new piece that I had bought.  When I went through the box of stitchery pieces (yes, I have a box about 30 gallons size) I found another piece on stretchers.  So now I am working on a wool yarn crewel piece.  When my daughter asked me about the age of this one, I was embarrassed.  This piece is number 4 of a series that I started as a teenager.  I finished one and framed it, then finished the second and third one after I married.  I started the fourth, but somewhere in time the instructions and the stitchery got separated.  About 10 years ago I found all the pieces and put them together. Now I am finishing one of my longest standing UFO's.  Amazing what quarantine can do for you.

Since I have corrected my meds to help the hypothyroid problem, I have been feeling much better and spending a lot less time in bed or just staring at what was flickering on the computer screen.  I have been able to find a secondary teaching space to finish the half class that was stopped 200 days ago.  And am considering how I can teach some other classes there, as I don't see the mayor opening up the buildings-our state cases have skyrocketed and until we see some control, we are just staying as we are.  

I hope that those of you reading my work are doing well and are finding ways to continue and improve your lives and I pray that the virus stays away from you.  Take care and do all the things you need to keep safe.


  1. I don't have a huge stash, but what I have feels like UFO's to me. I've been doing what you are doing, chipping away. If feels good fo make progress!

  2. Some days it is more progress and some days it is less. I guess the goal is just to continue on.