wheels within wheels

dec 4

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Worked on this one while at Aerin's Concert Band Concert. There was also a percussion ensemble, the members of which played everything from vibraphone to tom-toms, including tin cans and the jawbone of an ass. It was quite wonderful.

My current camera is having lens fault issues (whatever that means) so I'm back to the older camera. I think the pictures are fuzzier, but I can't decide if that is tiredness talking or actual difference.

circulate

dec 3

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I'm still enjoying making my circle lounging on the end of the couch. There are advantages of hand work. I like working with fabric that help me stitch neatly, and I am pleased with the little extra circle on perched on the curve there.

Al says generally he can get a grip on what I am trying to do with my work, but this month's circles are mystifying him. Alice just smiles.

not the death star

dec 2

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Somebody commented yesterday's circle looked like the Death Star, which made me turn this one around until it was unmistakably NOT the Death Star. It is the extra gray circles with stitching around the edges that provoke this illusion, I think.

Today was a craft fair at a friend's house. Al was trying to figure out how this worked. The answer is that this is a connected and community aware woman with a ton of friends and a commitment to living locally. So she invites a bunch of friends who make things into her house (an enormous and fabulous Victorian era house) and invites friends and neighbors in to see what would make good presents for the season. I have more great conversations about everything there than I do in any other month of regular living!

But I have been standing and talking all afternoon. I realized one of the nice things about handwork for this month is that I can sit on the couch with my feet up and work with a meditative slowness that the sewing machine doesn't allow.

prescience and handwork

nov 30

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dec 1

Friday's circle, the last of November, cannot properly show the absurd joy I get from snow falling from the sky.

However I will cheerfully admit that snow has a downside. It hadn't even started snowing when I made it, it started over night, and produced a thin fine glaze of ice and packed snow on the roads between me and Ipswich. I worked on getting to the craft fair at the Ipswich Museum for an hour and a half, miserable and tense, and not even half way, and finally turned around and went home. The combination of nasty driving, and ominous forecasts convinced me I'd done the right thing. I still have craft fairs to go, one right in town tomorrow, and one in Pittsfield next weekend for two days. I hope the weather is easier for those.

And then there is the first circle for December and the last set for the year. I knew I wanted to use a lot of texture and a lot of white and overlapping pieces. I am working on hating handwork less. So I combined those ideas into hand stitched layers of white fabrics.