It’s always easy for a group to have a Dirty Dozen Challenge because the limits are so flexible. But I have to say, I am looking at an extremely varied pile of objects for this one.
Our rules are very flexible, though. For example, we don’t actually have to USE the orange foam rubber shapes, but can reference them through stamping or painting or using just the shape. Same with the iced tea bottle. But still………..
I try to think about projects like this as I am falling asleep at night. Often I can work out construction problems or at the very beginning like this, my subconscious can come up with ideas while I sleep. This one, however, has not been making it easy to drift off.
I think I have the beginnings of an idea, though, and it’s wacky enough to even need those foam shapes!
It’s going to take more thought, though, before I truly have a good plan.
In the meantime, the group is going to have a simple stitching day Thursday, with a “Common Ground” beginning. I’m bringing squares of wool and silk and each of us is blindly bringing some embellishments to add.
Doesn’t it sound delightful to have a stitch and chat, with no real expectations? I’m looking forward to it, for sure.
Work on the turquoise big project continues, a few inches at a time. As eager as I am to start on the next phase of construction, is as slowly as I proceed on this one. I am glad that I remembered a trick from my hand quilting days.
You unwind double the amount of thread that you normally would and start sewing in one direction…but only pull that first stitch through to the halfway point. Then when you have used the first half of the thread, you go back and start the other half in the other direction.
And since I’m stitching around squares and rectangles, and it’s not easy to turn the entire piece, it’s much easier this way. Obviously half the starts and stops!
Slow living in the summertime, for sure. Always something like grass mowing or gardening or grandson time to pull me out of the studio. Summer in Michigan is so unpredictable that you have to stop everything and enjoy the delightful outdoor time when you can! Even when the deer make a delightful dessert of your beautiful hostas!
I am replacing some of those hosta with more deer resistant plants. Let them dine elsewhere!!