This week has been rather productive, and I am excited to share a first glimpse of what a week with needle, thread and fabric in hand has yielded. I mentioned before, I am working on samples for the Kantha book. Below is the array of samples I have created. If you own the eBook or original primer I self-published these may look familiar to you. I decided to rework the sketches in actual fabric and thread and… learned a lot!
I experienced certain realizations: The most important insight was that as I add stitches to samples new ideas spark and I feel compelled to add these as messages to the content of the upcoming book. I can’t stress enough how much peace and comfort hand-stitching brings to one’s life. By keeping the projects smaller the sense of accomplishment enters early in the process.
Just yesterday I started on a small bag. It is the bright fuchsia and yellow pictured above. I started it around 2 pm, connected with a friend for a long chat via Skype (in an attempt to solve the problems of the world… 😉 )and managed to finish the back of the bag all worked in Kantha running stitch by the time we decided that we had done enough problem solving.
After dinner I continued on the front of the bag with the hexagon design. By mid-night (I just could not put it down!) I had the stitching on the motif and background complete. I am ready today to join the top with the main body to complete this small project. I have recorded the progress in pictures and plan to include this as one of the projects in the new Kantha book. Was this in my initial outline – absolutely not! But you know how life goes. Ideas are around every corner. Once I catch a glimpse of them I just have to give them a try!
Speaking of ideas and opportunities and treasures to be found around every corner: Shortly before Christmas I stopped into a Chapter’s store. As I rounded the corner in the magazine section I discovered “Happinez”. A quick flip through the magazine brought on the urge to own it. Well, I was in the process of purging and when I saw the long line up at the till I took it as a sign that I do not need to purchase the magazine.
We were back the following week and the magazine was still available… this time the line up was a little more manageable. I bought “Happinez” with a “z”. This was the second issue in English available in North America. I am not going to hold back: I L-O-V-E this magazine. It has stunning photography of landscapes, travel destinations, people and even textiles (depending on the country the editor focuses on for that issue). The primary focus of the magazine is all about the simpler life, how to immerse oneself into an environment that has a calming influence. How to do with less and experience bliss/peace/contentment… you choose. A subscription in North America is not available yet, therefore I ordered the premier issue directly form the publisher in Holland. It arrived a couple of days ago and I have a difficult time putting it down. The articles are just the right length and it doesn’t feel as if I am spending too much time reading and away from my deadlines. However, every time I finish one essay I am ready to embark on another creative endeavor.
Here is my encouragement to you: If you see this magazine on the rack, on the coffee table of your friend’s living room, in the doctor’s office pick it up and open it anywhere. You won’t be disappointed. (Note: I do not receive a commission from future sales 😉 )
Enjoy your weekend! I know I will. I am meeting a friend for some photography around Moose Jaw on Saturday. The weather promises to be good… let’s hope for the best.