Lots of progress this week, but i have a terrible habit of constantly starting new projects before finishing the ones i'm working on.
i did get the kids Valentine owls finished up. i think they turned out pretty good. :)
i started more dolls. Since i'm having so much trouble completing just one, i thought i'd practice making heads. i'm quite happy with the consistency of them. The shape, size and faces are very similar. They don't quite have the look i was trying for, but i'm getting closer and i'm learning what i need to do to get a nice consistent look. So that's good progress!
i've almost finished up this girl. She needs pants under her dress, and maybe a hat or bag. i admit, i get rather attached to my dolls and sometimes i think i slack on finishing them just to keep them around a little longer. :) i am quite in love with this girl at the moment. :)
So instead of working on dolls, i decided to pull out the beads again. Played around with peyote stitch and herringbone/dembele. i always forget how much i love beading. There is a gentle meditative rhythm to this type of bead weaving. It's done with needle and thread, sewing one one bead at a time. It is the same rhythm that is in hand stitching fabrics and the reason i often choose it over machine sewing. It's more time consuming of course, but forces one slow down and really connect with the piece they are working on. Your breathing slows, you mind quiets and you get into a zone. This was impossible when the kids were younger with the constant interruptions, but now that they are older and in school i'm making the time to sit down with my beads and find that place again. After spending an entire year feeling lost, this feels like coming home.
Doesn't matter how hard i try to get away from the bendy dolls. i always come back to them. :) This is the last of my valentine fairies. Hoping to put this energy into other things now. With spring quickly approaching, i worry that garden season is going to suck up all my time. i have always dreaded the winter, but this year i have truly embraced it, and am quite content to have another 6 weeks of it.
There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout