The holidays throughout the year are wonderful for some and stressful for others. I try to stay in the middle. Not that this is easy to do!
Moving on to another topic.
The Creative Process
Over the last three months I've sketched out some designs and 'thought through' other ideas. My method was easy enough. It started with 'this is an Incredible Idea'! Followed by 'yes it will be Absolutely Perfect.' 'Oh.... Hmmmm... this isn't working out as planned.' 'This is impossibles to stitch.' 'What was I thinking?' And a sigh follows shortly after.
There was one design that I've had my heart set on for a couple of years now. I finally felt that it was time to work on it. And of course the process outlined above spun around and around until I completely gave up on my plans.
I was on to the next 'Great Idea' during a sleepless night when an 'Absolutely Perfect' resolution to the abandoned piece slowly unfolded in my mind. The next moring I sketched out my ideas. This time I'm sure that it will work out. It is an 'Incredible'. 'Oh.... Hmmmm....'
The figure of a woman in a cape in the bottom left corner is not a nun. It is actually a posed photo of the Mulheres do Capote (the Women of the Cape.) Women were expected to wear this cape (made of blue wool) to secure their modesty. I have no idea how this tradition came to be on the islands. I do recall a 'capote' in my great-grandmothers armoire. The blue wool was dark, thick and rough to the touch. The garment was also very small as the women of that era were quite petite. My mother told me later that my great-grandmother Amelia wore it when she was a young woman.This cape is long gone now - most likely a feast for moths.
Dimensional Embroidery and my Azorean heritage