Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
The bullions are done with six strands of the DMC as are those at the top.
The ladybug has a padded felt body. Then, padded sating stitch is worked in two directions on his body. The head is split stitched and then padded as well. French knots create his spots.
He is pretty cute!
I have also started working on the stumpwork leaf that is attached at the top, when it is completed. Details tomorrow.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I am one happy camper!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
He will get wings in the next lesson--yes, I peeked!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I started working on the next step which you should see tomorrow night.
p.s. Nathan got all of his camera equipment, phone, and other personal effects back today!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
First, I outlined the wing with a single strand of black DMC using the split stitch. Then using the outline stitch, again with one strand of black, did the teardrop in the top of the wing. Then the wing is filled in with a satin stitch, one strand. Next, outline stitch to shape the rest of the lines on the wing. The seed stitch is used to make the specks on the wing with a single strand of white.
Next the body and tail are worked with the split stitch and around the head using the black. Then three strands padded the body and head. Then a single strand of black going in the opposite direction using the satin stitch. Antenna are outline stitches and french knots in a single strand of, you guessed?, black DMC. Lastly the legs are worked using straight stitches. The rest of the butterfly is worked in a later lesson.
You will remember that stumpwork usually requires that all the background design is put in before the dimensional pieces are worked and attached. This does prevent smushing-fancy, technical term-all the wired pieces.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
By the way, Mom received her birds yesterday and has them all posed in her house! I hope they had a great flight!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Nathan Weber is safely back in Chicago today. I talked to him this morning. He does have to return to Minneapolis on Monday to retrieve all of his equipment. We called the jail's property room to find out why he could not obtain that before Monday and were told that the building was locked to the public for the duration of the RNC for security reasons and everyone would have to wait until then. We are uncertain as to what will happen with the charges against him and his peers.
Here is a link to the National Professional Photographers Association website that gives some information about the uproar this has caused.
If you google "nathan weber arrested" you will find many articles and more news stories published about this.
Thanks, again, for all your concern.
Tomorrow, there will be pictures of Summer Dream again!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I did not get to stitch tonight. A young friend of mine is a photo journalist who went to Minneapolis to take photos of the convention. As he was arriving Monday, people were protesting the war and he and his friends went to take pictures. He is in this video.
He was arrested and charged with gross misdemeanor rioting. He is pictured at 1:20 on the video and it clearly shows he was loaded down with camera equipment and after the cops ran up, he is walking away with his hands up. Yet, he was struck in the head and leg, hand-cuffed and taken to jail along with a multitude of other reporters and photo journalists. He is the far left photographer on the brick wall at 3:08. There are many other clips on You Tube from the protest that detail how many others were treated the same.
He was not charged with anything for the first thirty-six hours, but held with all the others.
After 52 hours in jail, he was released tonight and we spent time with his father, and some other friends. We will all sleep well for the first time since Monday.
Having known this person since he was fourteen years old, knowing his work ethic and commitment to providing photographic images, not opinions, through his free-lance photography, I am appalled by the lengths that law enforcement went to during the protest. It is obvious that he was carrying about twenty pounds of camera equipment, and did have a gas mask on due to the tear gas released by law enforcement on the entire gathering. It is also obvious that he was only walking, and moved away as not to appear to be aggressive. His father has talked to him, just moments ago, and he was in fact, moving away and telling the officers he was a photographer.
Approximately 60 protesters did in fact cause malicious harm to property. I am not condoning that at all. They should have been arrested. The reporters and photographers that were recording the proceedings is another story. There was very little news coverage about the entire event, yet alone, the disclosure of the "round-up" of over 200 reporters/photo-journalists.
I normally do not soap box politics at all. Knowing the events, as they unfolded over the last days has left a very bad taste about what is really going on and how little we are actually allowed to know. I wonder what is happening to freedom of the press and our right to know both sides of a story.
One last note, he will be able to recover all of his equipment, after the convention is over.
I am very proud to know this young man and I encourage him to continue his capturing the moments of our lives, whether they are pretty or not. Enough said.
Back to stitching on Thursday.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Today, I dropped a few pieces off at the fair for judging. I will let you know Friday if we had any ribbon pieces this year......keep your fingers crossed!