A Long Time

I am not good at blogs.  It’s not that I have nothing to say, it’s the technology.  I have blogs in several different places for some reason.  I am hoping this will be where I think I have placed it!

I enjoy working with a variety of people and recently, on my monthly visit to Cairdeen Care Home an old friend turned up.  She had designed and embroidered a bag for her knitting.  It was a standard Hobbycraft tote and the simple design looked lovely.  She added her name to it and she keeps her latest jumper for the fish and chips babies in it, so called because they have no clothes and are often wrapped in paper to keep them warm.

She never remembers me but I am not offended as this lady has dementia, but her bag is always a connection and a reminder that she has worked with me before.

myra's knitting bag 2014 Cairdeen

The same group made Angels one year for Christmas.  I loved this one with her ruby red lips and tackety boots.  I think it says something about that generation that the lady was worried the angel had no shoes, or maybe I am reading too much into her comments…angel cairdeen Dec 2014

A lot of wise men

No college this week but that does not mean I have a holiday. We are at the stage of working on our final piece and I still have to finish off some of my samples.

I had thought I was clever by doing some thumbnail sketches of my story, but that was only the start. We have to do a life size plan on paper of the final piece before we can start sewing. This turns out to be a good thing as it helps solve some of the issues before you start sewing and potentially go down the wrong road. Planning is not my strong point I must say. Now I am in a quandary as I had thought I would just do a story board with the various scenes of the Wise Men’s journey. The last scene is bigger than the others so this seemed the most practical way to do it. Then my teacher suggested a scroll and I thought that sounded a good idea and in keeping with the times, but there was an issue about how it would be displayed. Then she threw in another suggestion – why not do a concertina style book which could stand up. I am not sure … I might go back to my original idea.

The whole thing is nine panels with the wise men looking at their maps, two deciding to go on the journey with the third staying behind, then changing his mind. Just before Christmas Sister Wendy had been on TV and had mentioned that of course there would not have been just 3 wise men as lots of magi would have seen the same thing and made that journey. So I expanded my story to include this idea. I have always loved the story and it just gets better as I get into it.

I have a needle felted picture of the three in my gallery which is much admired – probably because it is so simple.

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Everyone has at least one favourite story, I have several and this one certainly comes top of the list.