Checking In

May 2nd, 2016

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Oh my! I have sure been missing in action. Preparing for the knee replacement surgery has taken up my time. I had to give up getting any quilts done for upcoming shows. What will be, will be. I have had too much pain and appointments and other stuff to tend to.

I have continued to do lots of hand stitching on this piece which will go to the SAQA annual auction. I think I can get it done.

Here is the progress of what I have been doing. Just some random big stitches to outline the center panel.

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Added some more seed stitches and French Knots.

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Added some orange French Knots.

 

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It is easy to work on this as I sit here in my ergonomic chair, watching TV.

I finished Winnie the Pooh. I still have to knit the neckline and stitch it all together.

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Part of what has taken up my time lately is the diagnosis of sleep apnea. I had to do a home test with things strapped to my body and head. Then, I had to go to the pulmonary lab and have blood drawn from an artery in my wrist to check Oxygen levels and I also had to do lots of breathing tests to check my lung function. My home test showed severe apnea so then, I had to go to the sleep study center and spend the night. I had so many wires attached to my body! It took 45 minutes to set it all up. I am still finding sticky goop in my hair! I slept with a CPAP breathing apparatus and it was great! I wanted to bring it home with me. But, I have to see the sleep Dr on Wednesday and then they will write up a prescription for me. They want me to use it for a few days before my surgery which is next Monday! I think the apnea has gotten worse since I have been immobile from the knee problem and have gained weight.

Today, I attended a class on what to expect at the hospital and post surgery. Tomorrow, I meet with the surgeon. I got myself a nice pedicure today and Friday, I am getting my hair cut and colored. Hopefully they will lat me until I get be out and about again.

I will try to check in again before Monday.

Experiment Update

April 17th, 2016

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As you can see, I got some beautiful fabric, but the color magnet did not work that well because my dye was too concentrated. Here you can see very faint circles that I screened on to the silk.

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Here is the cotton – none of the stenciled designs showed up. I need to do a more dilute dye solution and then, where the dye magnet is, the color will be darker. Back to the studio!!

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Experiment in Progress

April 15th, 2016

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I have been making short trips to the studio to try out an experiment on silk and on cotton. It involves dye painting so I first soaked small pieces of silk and cotton in soda ash and water.

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I hung the fabric to dye and went back this morning to stencil some patterns on the fabric using Jacquard’s Dye Magnet. It is really goopy, slippery stuff so it is hard to get clean images.

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I left it to dry and went back this afternoon and spread some full strength dye concentrate on the fabrics, which I had layered. I covered it and will leave it to batch for at least 24 hours.

 

Wordless Wednesday

April 13th, 2016

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Here I Am!!

April 11th, 2016

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Not sure if time is flying or time is dragging by, but anyway, I am in waiting mode for my new knee. I am trying to keep busy. My SDA job has been keeping me very busy. In the evening, I have been slow stitching and knitting. I am making progress on the piece for the SAQA auction. I am about half done with the front of the Winnie the Pooh sweater:

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On Saturday, I went to my Oregon critique group in Eugene. Here are two of my quilts waiting to be discussed:

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I have always felt that my Blue Picasso Woman needed something and she helped me realize what it is – she does not have enough space around her. I am thinking about cutting her up and redoing her as a more complicated Picassoesque piece:

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Today, I spent the afternoon at the hospital getting poked and prodded to make sure I am fit for the surgery. Hopefully, I am. I have seen folks in worse shape than me come through it ok!!