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looking back – looking forward

December 29, 2018

I have been struggling to write a retrospective look at 2018

until it finally dawned on me that when I finish a work it is truly finished

I’m always looking/planning forward – what’s next?

but you can’t move forward without reviewing what has gone before

spinning and dyeing are essential to everything I do

and possibly my favorite

stitching started it all – 70+ years ago

boro stitching only came after several visits to Japan

and an urgent need to recycle, reduce and reuse

my tapestry skills are in their infancy

but like all new loves has become an obsession

the next one is in the planning stages

a favorite walk along the Victoria waterfront – Clover Point

the greatest pleasure is to put all my skills together in one project

handwoven and stitched book with a handmade box cover

the 2017 monthly project

and now to look forward

14 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    January 4, 2019 5:00 am

    Returning to say that I so understand being D.O.N.E. with a project… Of course this explains why I have NO good records, often not even photos. Loving that book…..


    • January 4, 2019 8:42 am

      Velma – I’ve always wondered if I was the only one — I put heart and soul into a project and as soon as it is finished don’t give it another thought. I do keep records and lots of photos.


  2. December 29, 2018 4:09 pm

    Wishing many blessings to you in all the beginnings and endings…and thank you for being an inspiration in so many ways.


    • December 29, 2018 4:20 pm

      Kjerstin – and thank you, I’m always inspired when starting the day with the simple pleasures of a Hitty adventure. Blessings to all of you, woodens and humans.


  3. December 29, 2018 3:57 pm

    A lovely post. I admit I haven’t looked back on the year as yet. I feel I don’t really want to this year, it’s one that couldn’t end fast enough. I’m much more focussed on next year, which I’m really excited about!


  4. randi j winters permalink
    December 29, 2018 3:39 pm

    one thing you did for sure this year was inspire me all the time! Thanks so much for all you share. I love that you combine your weaving and stitching into a book–are the books full of samples of all you have done plus quotes? Do you sell them as well? Thanks again for all that you post about your process. I have started stitching my own boro collage/pillow covers since reading about your yours, I find it so meditative. Wishing you happy weavings this new year!


    • December 29, 2018 4:27 pm

      Randi – I love to hear that others are stitching boro, peaceful patches and stitches around the world. Wishing you many many happy stitches. I do make books, more like journals, they are always different. This one had a double page for each month, and is shown on the blog for each month of 2017. I do sell the journals but have been rather slow making them in the past 2 years.


  5. December 29, 2018 2:11 pm

    I enjoy a small retrospective because I’m sometimes surprised at how much – or indeed, how little – I’ve got done that year, but I’ve decided I don’t like those enormous lists of “Look what I did” – at least, not for myself. We each achieve according to our health, wealth and motivation, by what fascinates and enthrals us. Last year, I cast my account in terms of empty thread spools and how many miles of stitches they represented. This year, I may think of something different…


    • December 29, 2018 2:58 pm

      Kate – must admit I’m not partial to the lists of “look what I did” either, and to be honest I can’t remember all that I did in the past year ( one of the personal reasons I write the blog). Love your idea of counting empty spools.

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      • vdbolyard permalink
        December 30, 2018 8:23 am

        yes…i did a reflection post and how? i opened the photo thingie on blogger, looked at the photos sitting around the desktop, and used those to form my post. extremely haphazard! i hope to see your book and tapestries when i’m next in your neighborhood.


      • December 30, 2018 9:08 am

        Velma – I left a comment on your blog. I gather you are still playing games with Blogspot, others are too Bryan included. Don’t understand why they are doing it.


  6. December 29, 2018 1:59 pm

    I so enjoy your blog.
    thank you. 💜


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