Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sometimes I Stitch

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And stitch. And stitch. I then I go off to do other things but I think about stitching as I'm doing the other things. Then I finally get back to stitching after I've done other things for about seven minutes.

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When I'm stitching I'm not emailing. I'm not texting. I'm not talking. I'm not writing. Not negotiating. Not invoicing. Not shipping. Not receiving. Not cutting. Not even sewing. I'm stitching.

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I don't know what I would do without it. I'd go do the other things, I guess, and maybe be just a little less happy. I dare say I would know myself less, too.

Stitch, I love you, don't ever leave me.
your friend, Anna

70 comments:

  1. *A needle pulling thread,* and Anna Maria sharing her reflections... a few of my favorite things.

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  2. Well, I am so glad you love to stitch! Your blog (and book) is helping me learn to stitch, too. Thank you for sharing so much of your creative and full life! Love the pictures--they're lovely.

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  3. LOL... I am so that way, too. My stitching calls to me. And there is something so liberating about handwork. I know people that find it tedious, but not me, I find it rejuvenating and pensive! I also seem to always find just one more spot on my work where I can put another stitch or two! Your piece looks lovely. I'm glad working on it brings you peace!

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  4. i feel exactly the same. meditative.

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  5. I know exactly what you mean. When I start an embroidery piece I just can't stop until its finished!
    No laundry, no feeding the dog, no cooking. My wonderful hubby realizes that this therapy is needed. :)

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  6. Wow that is so lovely and inspiring. I'm thinking my girls need some more monograms in their lives!

    And unfortunately, stitching for me is not meditative. Since it's usually a companion to trash TV, or listening to the radio. I know, it's terrible.

    Maybe I can try to embrace it anew as a clear minded and peaceful craft (at least until Gossip Girl is back on).

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  7. Beautifully said and ohhhhhhh so true! It sure makes all the "must do's" in life a lot easier :)

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  8. I feel that way about knitting. But now I want to feel that way about stitching too! I love that "B" I wish I knew how to make one for myself. I guess it's time to sit down with your book and my tutor/mom and learn a new skill.

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  9. I haven't done any "real" stitching but I am feeling a strong pull to start...especially after reading this post. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Any hoop recommendations? I've been itching to stitch (sorry, I couldn't help it because it's true) but I have no supplies.

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  11. Stitching is very therapeutic. Tell us more about the design. Are you making it up as you go? Is it freehand, or did you do some marking?

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  12. I really identify with you on this one. Coincidentally, I have just posted about the redemptive power of sewing.

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  13. Ooh - I really like the big B!

    And you are the one who introduced me to the lovely awesomeness that is stitching on patterned fabric to add another level of detail. I'm working a baby quilt around this idea right now! :)

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  14. Your stitching looks great! I need to get back to that, sewing and work got in the way last time.

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  15. I've got a stitching project I need to get back to. Thanks for the post and your stitching is beautiful!!

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  16. I love your stitching--it's so inspiring. I especially love those starbursts. I want to break out my hoops and needles now. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Stitch says she will never leave you because you are too good to her. Just thought you'd like to know....

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  18. I've never been big on yoga, medatation, or the like-- stitching is how I find my Zen!

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  19. I have a newfound respect for you managing a household and a business with *6* children! I've been getting my own home-based wall graphic business off of the ground lately while chasing after one 2.5 year old with a second one due in March and I'm not quite sure how this is all going to work out. I am lucky enough to have a godsend of a husband who wants to see me succeed (which I suspect is a driving force in your own success), but I just wanted to give you kudos. You make it look effortless. I know you've said before you wear your pajamas most of the day sometimes, so if that's the case I need to get some cuter pajamas. :)

    Beautiful stitching, by the way... I haven't done stitching in years but I should re-learn. I think it would definitely be the stress reliever I'm looking for.

    -Eve

    Atom & Eve Design

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  20. I absolutly agree. I can't imagine life without stitching! Weird but true. It's like breathing. You just have to do it!

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  21. Lindi2:52 PM

    Hi there
    I have never commented before but been reading your blog for ages. Your fabrics are gorgeous and I am absolutely loving your book. Thank you for all the time you spend in keeping us updated and inspired.

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  22. Ah yes... therapy to the soul.

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  23. Anonymous3:44 PM

    I love it!

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  24. It's nice when you can be soothed by stitching, when your inspiration and tranquility line up just right.

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  25. Ah, your words are so true and remind me to not neglect these quiet times.

    I love your "B" :D

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  26. Your stitching is antique worthy. I am so frustrated by it. However, I feel the same way about crochet, I cannot be away from it for very long and it goes with me (just in case I have some time). Thank you for sharing your work up close. Blessings, Janet

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  27. deep "ahhhh" thanks for the reminder that I really need to stop all the high tech and get down to some stitching of my own

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  28. Thank you , thank you, thank you!
    I have had this design for a quilt running around in my head for some time now. It includes embroidery, which I LOVE! I think I will get started on it soon! You have inspired me once again.

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  29. Me too! Stitch I love you!

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  30. This is exactly how I feel about knitting. When I get started on a scarf or whatever project I'm doing I just can't stop thinking about it until I finish. And when I do finish it, I need to start another, or I start dreaming about it.

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  31. I love embroidery. I stitch and stitch without a care in the world. I love the B that you are stitching! The details are so cute!

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  32. Ah what a lovely post Anna.

    Your work looks beautiful. It always does.

    LLF
    x

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  33. Ooh, I just love how this is looking. Please let us see the final product! And I totally get the feeling of just stitching and nothing else.

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  34. this is something I would love to improve my abilities in, it's just so hard to find the time...but geez you do it and I don't have as many kids as you :)

    I can't wait to see how this ends!

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  35. That is a delightful design! Lovely colors.

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  36. well, I'm not sure how you knew exactly how to sum up what stitching is for me, but you did. it brings me back to earth, to myself, to my center.

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  37. What are you making here? It's beautiful, whatever it is.

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  38. I forgot how much I love embroidery. I think it is time to break out me needle and thread (and hoop) again. What pattern are you using or do you just "wing it."

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  39. Hi all- thanks for the kind words- I almost always wing it as I go, but this particular project is part of one book project that I am writing :)
    xo,Anna

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  40. i think this is my favorite post. i'm not sure if it was the perfect stitches, or the cool B...or what really. but it got me thinking, what is it i do, that makes me a better, happier me??? it's wonderful how seeing something and reading someone elses thoughts can help you to think about your own life. even in a little inspiring way. thanks.
    i wonder, do you know how cool you are?? :)

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  41. You took the words right out of my mouth!. As the writer of the 41st comment it would appear that there is a crowd of like minded people.

    Carolyn

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  42. o.k. I'll give it a try.

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  43. It looks great - I can't wait to see the finished results!

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  44. Stitching is my way to decompress, too. When I stitch I feel connected to the generations before us and a simpler, saner way of life.

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  45. This looks beautiful and delicate.
    I love it!
    :-)

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  46. You should share this with Sew, Mama, Sew - you probably already know it's Handsewing Month over there with lots of ideas and a picture of the day!!

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  47. love the embroidery and beautiful baby! great photography!

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  48. Ooooo, I feel that exact same way about drawing. My Pen, where's my PEN?! :)

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  49. what pretty stitcherie!!

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  50. I am so with you. Beautiful pictures... treasure the moments!

    As my husband now tells our friends, quilting/needlework is cheaper than therapy.

    Keep the needle moving!

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  51. So sweet. I have just taught my 4-year-old daughter the beginnings of her sewing craft, which you inspired me to do. Thanks for all of your beautiful inspirations.
    Anna

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  52. I think I really need to start stitching, I've thought about it before but after reading this I'm reminded that i really must.
    Just found your blog via Tiny Happy(http://www.tinyhappy.typepad.com/) - she just made a sweet dress from one of your patterns.
    A lovely blog you have, saving it to come back later.

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  53. I haven't done stitching for a long time now. Thank you for the inspiring post. I think I'm going to try stitching again.

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