I’m all over the place these days. I’ve got my three blogs I am trying to get beyond infancy. Only one is ready to walk, Blackwork Lessons. I’ve finally figured out just about everything I need for right now, except the tag and category stuff along with promoting. My site for the dogs, Sight Sniffing, is really still waiting to be born. I’ve gone through about four themes for that one, but I think the one I’ve settled on will work nicely. Now just to get into content which will be mostly photographic.
I think the next step that is necessary for success is to develop a schedule of when I will sit down and update each blog so they each stay current. It’s hard to do because I am so focused on blackwork and design right now. That is not to say that I’m not doing other stitching. I am. But, I am committed to writing a book that will be called Blackwork Lessons. And my head is wrapped all around what the book will look like and include as well as getting permissions from other artists to be able to include some of their work because no one can do it better. Like the Skinner Sisters.
Nonetheless, I’ve started these three blogs and I must care for all of them. I will start this one with an update on Works in Progress. I am working on Carol Leather’s Blackwork Chessboard which is a sampler of fill patterns shaped into a chess board. I am also working on Kathy Rees’ Amazing Color sampler. Amazing is an understatement. Just got the third set of instructions from the Shining Needle Society class being run by Robertson and Howren called Stitches For Effect: Climb Every Mountain. I have two name tags to complete for two ladies who will be instructors at ANG’s 2012 Seminar in Philadelphia. Then there’s that piece I want to give to Mom for Christmas. (It’s okay, still a secret–she only uses a computer for playing games!)
I’ve just downloaded a new (to me) software (open source) that will allow me to use the same system Kim Brody Salazar uses and describes in her blog, String or Nothing. A little stuck right now, but tomorrow’s another day. Today I started a database on my Blackwork Lessons Yahoo group to list symbols found in stitching as I came across a couple Mayan references while reading the HandEye newsletter. Also wrote a note to self to start a database to include cool sayings I’ve found that would be great on samplers so I can finally throw all those little slips of paper away! And I need to start a poll to see if the yahoo group wants to have an online meeting in October. That’s when I had originally planned to unveil my own blackwork sampler creation.
So, I haven’t been avoiding you, dear Shop Sampler! Just too disorganized to give you the time you deserve. I’ll be better. Promise!