(Remember the skein of hand-spun yearn from the last post? I cast off the last stitch last night. I ended up using a pattern I drafted three years ago when I made it as a Christmas gift. This little shawl feels heavenly and I can’t wait to wear it!)
Three years ago today I switched my blog from my Apple hosted website to WordPress – and I have never looked back! Three years of networking and utilizing a great platform to share. Thank you to the 500 + followers for your support and interest.
This is the time of the year when I spend time to reflect and project. 2014 went by in a flash… again. I am afraid to tally up the days I was on the road as I have a feeling they almost outweigh the days spent at home and close to the studio. Yes, once again I have had very limited time in the studio. Most of the studio hours were spent assembling kits, reviewing teaching contracts and managing my calendar.
Oh how I yearn for some uninterrupted time fondling fabrics, sampling new threads and developing that new body of work I started last April. I have heard rumors from across the country. “I haven’t seen anything new from Anna for while…” Well, I am sketching, selecting and gathering supplies and I am not lacking ideas and inspiration. All I need is time! When I am on the road I just don’t have the energy to spend time stitching at night on poor light in a hotel room or our camper.
Just the other day I updated my blog calendar and I realized that I am fully booked for 2015. I am not accepting any new bookings for the upcoming year. And when it comes to 2016, I plan to reduce my teaching further.
The first major decision to start managing my life better I made several months ago. I decided to resign from the Quilt Judging Certification Programme. For the past 5 1/2 years I have worked closely with my teaching partner first developing the teaching and student manual, administrating judging apprentices progress, corresponding with the apprentices and my co-presenter, writing and co-writing articles for the Canadian Quilter Magazine, updating the manuals on an ongoing basis and presenting the programme every two years to a new cohort during Quilt Canada. It has been a wonderful experience and I have learned so much about quilting and myself. And now it is official – I had a personal call from the president a week ago and I shared my decision. I will complete my commitment to the Quilt Judging Certification Programme in June in Lethbridge (during Quilt Canada 2015). Once I hand over my responsibilities next June it will free up much of my time between travel and teaching to spend in the studio. After all, I studied to be an artist and it is time to return to the studio to follow my true passion.
With that decision made I was full of renewed energy, and I have started a new piece (sneak-peek images above) . I am working with silk, and I like what is happening so far… I plan to layer, distress, manipulate and hand embellish. I have a couple of days to work on this while I also pack for my last workshop of 2014 in Calgary. Oh yes, and then it is time to fly out to spend my first Christmas in a very long time with my sister (and her family) in Germany.
Get ready for some images of Christmas markets soon! Can’t wait for the magic!