New Projects + New Tangle
I'm needing to take a break from the tarot rug posts for just a bit! Back to those shortly.
I'm missing Zentangle®, drawing, and my other usual activities. So tonight I indulged myself with a new tangle, Mollygon.
That's my first-ever attempt above.
Below are some variations created with an iPhone app.
I was also busy in the studio in the last 2 days, working on the finishing for my nearly-done rug. The finishing process, which is tedious (I still enjoy it), seems to take forever but I'm almost there. I may get it all done tomorrow. A photo of that is coming once it's completely done.
I created the label for it this evening:
That will get sewn onto the back of the finished rug once I've completed all the other finishing.
I whipped out my sewing machine yesterday--I haven't touched it in years--and spent quite a while hemming the edges of the Moon & Clouds rug which I will be punching. Since I don't own a serger, I zig-zagged around the outer edge 3x. And did the same with the inner edge where I'll be trimming it once I'm done. That is one BIG rug.
Today I drew out a new design for a second, new, traditionally hooked rug. Below you can see the background wool I'm thinking of using at the bottom of the photo, plus just a little bit of the backing where I've begun drawing the pattern. There will be more to the pattern, but I'll have to wait until I can get back to the studio in the morning to finish drawing.
Lastly, I am tossing in a picture of this cute felted pouch I've had for years and rediscovered recently. I wish I could remember who made it and where I got it. I think it's so well done, and it's also useful for carrying supplies.
Back to my experience with the sewing machine for a minute: It's been at least 3-4 years since I've used it. I remember that the last time I used it I had a bit of trouble threading the needle, even with my reading glasses.
Yesterday? I couldn't even SEE the needle, let alone the hole. With my (now even stronger) reading glasses.
It took me 25 minutes--no joke--to get it threaded. I'd still be there, trying and failing, if I hadn't managed to scrounge up a needle threader after getting completely desperate, and even with the threader it took me another ten minutes to get the job done.
After I left yesterday I went straight to the sewing store and bought every variety of needle threader they have. I don't want to go through that again. Sad, sad, sad. As Joni Mitchell would say, "You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone."
Well, it's definitely gone! Boo hoo hoo.
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I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society