Thursday, February 16, 2012

Needles Down

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When I was teaching one of my workshops in Sacramento, we had several giggles over me trying to adopt methods of getting everyone's attention while they were at their machines. So we eventually went with me saying NEEDLES DOWN as if they were taking a final exam. While most everyone thought it was funny, there were definitely some sad faces at that command every now and then (but that was sorta funny too- I say that out of love). Late last night after a very long day when I could barely keep my eyes open, I had to say out loud to myself, needle down, Anna. Once you find yourself in the process of having several works in progress, as I always do-whether book developing or not- you become aware that picking the needle up is no longer the hard part. Learning new stitches, trying different techniques and materials can be challenging. But stopping before I see a certain flower (or some other fancy) fully realized still proves to be the greater challenge.

Okay, needles up. xoAnna

17 comments:

  1. I have the same problem! It's just too enjoyable to stop, esecially in the middle of something pretty!

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  2. So pretty! And I agree with you completely on the challenge of stopping when you just want to keep trucking and finish! By the way, I am so excited for your newest book to come out!

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  3. Needles up!
    I like this, and you are so right... sometimes I have to remind myself to pause. And I share your ache to see that last bit complete... but sleep calls.
    I can appreciate your wanting to complete the work you have going there. It is beautiful.

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  4. For me (as a knitter) its the "one last row..." - which can prove problematic when knitting something in the round. But yes, there is a time for "needles up!" and a time for "needles down." I think my coffee break/baby's naptime qualifies as the former! Cheers!

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  5. i love this post, so sweet, and so true. i think there is an interesting place where creativity and perfectionism intersect, and i find that creatives spend a lot of time in that place!

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  6. Very beautiful! Love those colors together. Great words of wisdom here today.

    Your post card snaps from the previous posts were very lovely, and enjoyable to view. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy week to you!

    xoxo...Gloria

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  7. I have the ultimate needles down commander living in the house, my dog Beatrice. She absolutely loves the binding step in quilt making, or at least she loves stopping me from doing it by sitting in my lap. She's a 70 lb chesapeake bay retriever, so when she gets in my lap there's no more moving the quilt!

    The stitching project you're working on is gorgeous, I can't wait to see the new book.

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  8. Oh how lovely, the colors are exciting and restful at the very same time! Anxious for a new book, needlepoint pillows and finally finding time to work wih the flannels!

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  9. I recently heard a painter say "It takes 2 people to paint a picture: one to paint, and the other to tell them when to stop." I'm sure that can be applied here...you never want to spend too much time, get tired, and realise the next day that you didn't do your best.

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  10. I know the feeling!
    One day, Anna, I'm going to stitch as beautiful as you. Yep.
    xoxo

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  11. That embroidery photo is gorgeous! I need to get some sewing in this coming week. :-)

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  12. Very pretty! How can I learn learn to do what you're doing there ? Guess I'm in "needles down" mode!

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  13. So nice and lovely!I know your feelings because I have the same problem before.

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  14. Love this!!! Needles down is funny. It makes my stomach hurt a little bit thinking I'm back in school taking a test. urghh.

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  15. Wow,This design look so sweet.This create by needles.It look so beautiful.I really inspire from this blog.

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