Monday, September 27, 2010

Math Monday: Mathematical Needlepoint

This piece illustrates a Hilbert curve, taken to the sixth approximation. The continuously changing color of the thread makes it easy for your eye not to lose its place as you follow the long path that starts at the top-left and ends at the top-right.

We all know stitching can be theurapeutic, but also educational. I never even heard of the Hilbert Curve, and to further confound me I don't see a curve in this piece either. But sure to be a math project no student would forget soon. I'm so glad this is shown using a variegated thread, otherwise can you imagine the boredom? Also might be fun to just do it using up small bits and pieces from your stash. It is lovely how it can make your eye dance around the surface.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Finally they are remembered

Fabric swatches from the 18th century tell stories of mother and babies parting:

Threads of Feeling will showcase fabrics never shown before to illustrate the moment of parting as mothers left their babies at the original Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram.

In the cases of more than 4,000 babies left between 1741 and 1760, a small object or token, usually a piece of fabric, was kept as an identifying record.

The textiles are both beautiful and poignant, embedded in a rich social history. Each swatch reflects the life of a single infant child. But the textiles also tell us about the clothes their mothers wore, because baby clothes were usually made up from worn-out adult clothing. The fabrics reveal how working women struggled to be fashionable in the 18th Century.”

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A very busy summer..

I'm pleased its been a very busy summer at the Nimble Needle and I feel like I've fallen off the horse when it comes to blog posts. Just doing the best I can and hope to get a flurry of new ones up soon. But I just read a funny line on the ANG message board and I just had to share. Most all of us have multiple projects at all various stages, and can get frustrated when non stitchers just "don't understand" how one can keep buying more when we have umpty ump projects in our stash. Well here's one way of looking at it "Yup, having a new project is like having a new boyfriend." This just makes me laugh because there's a thread of truth here, no pun intended. We can love some of our w.i.p.'s but......well......they can get boring or often for me they just aren't turning out as spectacular as I had anticipated. So I get them 90% there and then there's the lure, the uncontrollable urge, the fantasy of how this next project is going to be so perfect. That same chemical gets released into my bloodstream like the anticipation of that first date, and the second and third.......until the honeymoon phase has passed and we start looking for a new one.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Medici for Sale

I'm finally getting serious about making more room in the shop, even if it is a high shelf that requires a stool to reach. Below is the first of several auctions I plan to have in the upcoming weeks. Medici on Ebay. Anyone who enjoyed stitching with Medici here's a chance to stock-up. Don't see the colors you like for a particular project? Consider Renaissance Wool.