Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Add stitching and combine gently

goes.with.everything

I am happy you guys enjoyed some of the foodie love I offered yesterday (and to answer a Q, that table linen is 4 yards of gorgeous fabric that I found in NYC last fall... cannot remember the name of the store, but it was a shop in the garment district that is nothing but linen).

I was thinking today about my go-togethers. I have favorite movie genres that I pair with various types of handwork that depend on the focus needed for each.  I should make a chart sometime (it's right there in my head, I just need to write it out). Jeff and I have exhausted almost every single British period piece available in the Netflix instant streaming offerings.  We were so sad to come to the end of all of the Catherine Cookson novel adaptations (where even the low-budget ones are 10x better than most anything on the television).  All the drama.  So entertaining.  The typical British kind.  Wealth.  Poverty. Getting knocked up out of wedlock, etc.  (Why do we relate so well?  Hm.) I get frustrated when I have lots of handwork to do and Jeff wants to watch something with subtitles.  Although, maybe not as frustrated as he does, because he begins reading the movie out loud to me if he notices that my eyes are cast on the fabric and not the screen.  So funny.  He really does love me.  Documentaries are really good for handwork that requires a lot of focus because while its nice to see everything, it is just as good to listen.  Today I've been watching (listening to) Wild China.  Utterly fascinating so far.  I'm finishing up the works that will be featured on the front of my new embroidery patterns.  Anyone who drops by, lives or works in this house will tell you that I pretty much always have something in my hands.  My left arm felt no pain, not even a twitch, at holding a candle through midnight service for 3 hours at Easter because it is so used to holding a hoop up to my face.  It might become permanently bent.

But before it does.... I have a big announcement!  I've been working away to put together a really, really fun needleworks weekend for this fall!  I love Nashville.  So why don't you come here?  I am so excited about sharing it with whoever is able to join me.  And I am loving my new book so far too, so I am beyond excited to celebrate it's publication during this special weekend.  I've put together preliminary information here.  I'll also be sending out an email to everyone on my mailing list today.  I'm letting you know a week in advance of the workshop being available for purchase so that hopefully anyone who is interested will have time to plan and see if it's a possibility.  I can't wait!  I plan to post more info on that store page on Monday that will hopefully answer any of your questions.  Stitching goes really well with friends.

I'll be packing my needles and threads tomorrow to head for a weekend at the Biltmore with my mom and sister.  Just the three of us.  I am hoping they will speak English so I can keep my eyes on my work and not read the subtitles under their heads.

smack.  AM

36 comments:

  1. When a mother of 6 announces that she has a big announcement, my guess is that there is a gasp and pause before one realizes that it is a sewing thing:)

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  2. hahaha! true I guess ;-P

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  3. I'll be at the Biltmore on Monday with my sister and friend. What a co-inky-dink. Have fun. Btw, we tried Bobbie's Dairy Dip and loved it. We'll definitely be heading back there sometime soon.

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  4. My husband gets cross when I try and sew and watch TV. It doesn't matter how much I protest that I can multi-task, the disapproving looks always make me down tools :)

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  5. Kelly G4:02 PM

    OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH!!!!! Yes yes yes!!! I have to go!!!! So exciting, I will be saving my pennies, I MUST be there! Thank you for the advance notice, it will take a little string pulling over the next week but holey moley I will make it work! Thanks AM!!

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  6. I totally thought you were going to say you were having a kiddo.... lol. I would so love to go to a sewing weekend. And I completely relate to watching Netflix with my husband while stitching away, quite content to just be listening with an occasional glimpse at the TV. Its hilarious that Jeff reads the subtitles to you. This post made me smile. You are one of a kind, AM. :D

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  7. Oh that sounds so fun! Just so far away. Boo!
    Have one in Houston! Gosh those classes would FILL in the blink of an eye with all those creative peeps and fans! School year is hard I know.

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  8. I love hand-sewing, especially embroidery. Yours seems to be perfectly done. Great job.

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  9. Bummer...I won't even be able to think about going this time because I'm going to Sewing Summit the next weekend. Boo!

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  10. Ooh-ooh-ooh, how I wish I could come and play. I saw your email announcement, and was just hoping the timing would work. What fun, for the lucky ones!

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  11. so bummed those dates don't work for me! i'm sure it will be fantastic! but we are staying at the hermitage this weekend and really looking forward to a nice nashville weekend.
    and the linen - grayline linen, i think. ;)

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  12. yes, Erin- grayline! thanks :) sorry we will miss you! xo have fun this weekend, xo, AM

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  13. When you go to Asheville, you must visit my 2 fave places downtown:
    1.Eat at Salsa's. You. Must.
    2. Shop at Tops for Shoes. Best shoe store in the world. Period.
    We have a family mountain house in nearby Maggie Valley and go to Asheville all the time. Those 2 things are ALWAYS at the top of my list. Also, brunch in the Blue Ridge Dining Room at Grove Park Inn.
    Can't wait to hear about your trip. Have fun!

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  14. The Biltmore isn't terribly handwork-friendly, but I'm sure you can get some work done at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. I highly recommend you try. :)

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  15. I'm so happy to see that I'm not the only one who watches certain things while doing certain work. I do all of my sewing by hand and there is nothing better than a dated 90's teen drama on in the background! Clueless, 10 Things I hate about you, Can't Hardly Wait... you should try it.

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  16. I nearly always have a movie going while I do my handiwork. I am known for my love of movies and recently when my sis in law asked if I could watch her kids and I said "of course" she responded "well I didn't know if you would be spending the day in bed watching movies." I thought "what?" I never spend the day in bed...I just have movies on all the time while I work. I am so pleased you do the same.

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  17. Anonymous9:22 PM

    Hi, I'm a big fan. Love your style, your aesthetic, and you're funny too!! Currently living in my home country-- Brasil, with husband and kids-- but will be returning to Brooklyn nxt year and was wondering, do you have any upcoming plans for workshops, readings, exhibit etc. in the big apple?
    Beijos,
    Adjoa

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  18. Oooooo...can't wait for this! I'm definitely in for the weekend! Moving this summer from Raleigh to Indianapolis and can drive to Nashville easily from there. Anna you have made my whole month with this class!!!! Btw, just got some Loulouthi velveteens this week and oh my gosh you have outdone yourself with this line. Truly stunning. I'm saving them for the bonne nuit quilt that I will get to converse with you about in PERSON! Woo hoo!

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  19. OK, I am guessing you are watching a movie while stitching those pretty stitches and not typing with your toes. On second thought, that would explain how you do all that you do!

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  20. Oh, guess I should READ your blog instead of skimming! haha, in my defense, I'm up past my bedtime, and I haven't read all my blogs yet :P

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  21. Anna-Maria, I so much like reading your posts. You are an inspiration. By the way, what your embroider in the picture is so cheerful! Although I cannot attend the workshop cause a)I live in Greece and b)it's too exensive for me, I am sure it will be rewarding and so much fun(am a tad jealous, in a good way!), so all the best to you and the ladies attending!

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  22. Ah.. that is what love is about, reading subtitles so spouse can continue to do "work" .....

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  23. Darn ~ I've got a workshop all lined up for that month with Sue Spargo and Gwen Marston (which I'm excited about) or I would be there in a minute! And, my nephew and his girlfriend just moved to Nashville ~ darn, darn, darn.

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  24. Vanessa9:43 AM

    Oooo! I think Husband is on board for me to escape to Nashville in October. He can handle all four kids (ages 5-10), right? ;-)

    Have a great time at the Biltmore!

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  25. The Biltmore is one of my favorite places! Be sure to eat at Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village- sometimes I have vivid dreams about their food, that's how amazing it is!

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  26. Anything by Charles Dickens, preferably read by Martin Jarvis (or a BBC adaptation) is perfect for sewing to, especially if you like a bit of English drama.

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  27. Downton Abbey yet?

    If you stray from the Big House this weekend, consider...

    breakfast @
    Sunny Point Cafe... West

    Lunch @
    White Duck Taco Shop... River Arts District

    Supper @
    Bouchon's... Downtown

    ... tour of Asheville & eats.

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  28. As a resident of Asheville, I am having a hard time not making an itinerary of must see/dine places. This place is full of fantastic restaurants and shops. I will recommend a stop at the Asheville fabric staple Waechters Silk Shop. It has been around for decades and is located in Biltmore Village. You won't have to go too far! Also, have tea in the library at the Inn one afternoon. You won't regret it.

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  29. You should give a bbc show called QI a try, out great for mostly listening. It's a panel show hosted by Stephen Fry, that is just hilarious and you learn "quite interesting"things. You'll find it on YouTube only. Enjoy the Biltmore.

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  30. so bummed those dates don't work for me! i'm sure it will be fantastic! but we are staying at the hermitage this weekend and really looking forward to a nice nashville weekend. Buy furnitures and design your home on week end days. Furniture in Monterrey

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  31. that weekend looks wonderful!
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    I keep checking in here every day to see if there are any new snippets of the new line... I am so excited for it I even started a practice version of the quilt I want to make using it. :)

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  32. The idea behind this article is excellent, and for me the first item ("Create your own damn content!") is the real gem here: most of the people spend their entire lives only consuming what is created by others, and creating nothing themselves--or never sharing what they create, which is better than not creating at all, though not the best they could do.

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  33. Excellent weblog, many thanks a lot for your awesome posts!

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