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10 years – is a lot of writing and pictures

September 28, 2020

onesmallstitch is 10 years old today

I never imagined where the blog would take me

how much I would learn

 the people I’d meet – or the friends I would make

 and the greatest thanks goes to those readers who leave comments

all the time it takes to think about what to make and write

take dozens of pictures – just to get one good one where the colour is “almost” perfect

write  thoughtful, interesting? and readable comment – with reasonable spelling and grammar

takes TIME

and means nothing unless you connect with the people who visit

 I’m still marking the passage of time

window hexie number 31 – with an old-fashion look

 really hoping this doesn’t go on long enough that I have a quilt in the end

of course I often consider what I will call “the end”

thank you for visiting

30 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2020 6:03 am

    Wow ten years and congratulations. This year has made me so glad that I craft and blog- how bleak life might have been without both. I love the vintage feel to the hexie flower.


    • September 30, 2020 8:52 am

      Cathy – yes! I can’t imagine life without the ongoing fibre projects or the friendly, encouraging words of like minded fibre fanatics. It has been a blessing. I’ll have to dig out more vintage fabrics.


  2. lagriccia permalink
    September 29, 2020 9:55 am

    Congratulations Jean, I read every post that you write, you keep my interest in textiles alive!


    • September 29, 2020 10:10 am

      Hi Blandina – so nice to hear from you, I hope you are all well and the new baby is thriving. Are you still stitching? I think of you stitching at Bryan’s and on the train, it was so many years ago now. Stay safe, hugs!


      • lagriccia permalink
        September 30, 2020 3:40 am

        yes, I am still stitching, although much less now. every body is fine here and the new baby is now 6 months and crawling!


      • September 30, 2020 8:55 am

        Blandina – good to hear all is well. Watching the baby grow during this difficult time must be very comforting. Blessings. 🙂


  3. September 29, 2020 5:14 am

    happy anniversary!! i’m impressed that you manage to keep track of dates. but then again in your line of work, you keep track of everything! which is a great gift. thank you for sharing all these years. i still think of you in the kitchen when using your beautiful tea towels, which is daily. i keep thinking i want more but that is my own greediness to have beautiful things close.


    • September 29, 2020 10:13 am

      Aimee – thank you, we all learn by sharing and gain a greater appreciation for other crafts and all things made by hand. Happy to hear you are enjoying the tea towels.


  4. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    September 29, 2020 3:21 am

    Happy Anniversary Jean! I too an delighted I found your blog. I may not do natural dying or weaving and very little spinning but I am interested in them and enjoy reading your posts and seeing the pictures. That last hexie rally appeals to me somehow – your eye for colour is excellent. I find myself thinking that Kate, who’s posts I often read at the same time as yours, goes for exuberant colours and yours are more subtle which sits well with natural dyes. I love seeing them both and flip flop between in my own crafting. I shall look forward to another 10 years of your adventures with yarn.


    • September 29, 2020 10:18 am

      Sue – something I learned when living (and doing a lot of knitting ) in Singapore is that a person’s eye for colour changes with the climate they live in. In strong, tropical light you need stronger colours. And, when you use natural dyes for any length of time strong, commercial chemical dyes lose their appeal.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        September 30, 2020 2:15 am

        That is an interesting observation! I have never lived abroad so haven’t had the experience of that effect but it makes sense. Thank you.


      • September 30, 2020 9:01 am

        Sue – it even is evident when living where there are very different seasonal changes. My colour choices are different in wet, grey winter (or bright white snow) than in the blue skies/sea sunny summer.


      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        October 1, 2020 2:36 am

        I will take more note and see if I can discern changes in mine too.


      • October 1, 2020 10:06 am

        Sue – 🙂

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  5. September 29, 2020 2:21 am

    Ten years–that’s amazing! Thanks for all the weaving encouragement you’ve provided me along the way. Here’s to 10 more years!


    • September 29, 2020 10:24 am

      Hi Kerry – it is such a nice surprise to hear from you. I hope you are both safe and well – and weaving. I miss your blog and still visit occasionally to see if there is any news.


  6. September 28, 2020 6:38 pm

    Congrats, Jean. I love seeing your posts and what you are up to.


  7. September 28, 2020 4:47 pm

    Happy Anniversary 🙂 I’m so glad I found and followed your blog, I’ve learned so many interesting things. As for the hexies; if a whole quilt is the worst outcome of this black year, I don’t think you’ve done too badly. It will at least be something constructive and a thing of beauty. More than many people will have to show, perhaps…


    • September 28, 2020 8:56 pm

      Kate – without the blog I wouldn’t have found you and the scrap happy gang. Working on an idea for the hexies.


      • September 28, 2020 9:04 pm

        I’m so glad you did! And looking forward to seeing what your idea looks like 🙂


      • September 28, 2020 9:52 pm

        Kate – although most of us will never meet in person it is very heartwarming to share our love of creating, I enjoy it immensely.

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  8. jilloy permalink
    September 28, 2020 4:30 pm

    Thank you for your interesting blogs Jean. I’m in awe of the ‘making’ you accomplish. It spurs me on to do likewise.


    • September 28, 2020 8:58 pm

      Jill – thank you for your interest and it is always good to know that we encourage one another.


  9. September 28, 2020 3:44 pm

    Beautiful… I love following my friends on their blogging journey and yes I do learn heaps on the way . Happy blogging anniversary ♥️


    • September 28, 2020 9:04 pm

      Vera – thank you, I have learned so much over the years from other bloggers. Wonderful to hear what and how they make things and the passion they have for their work.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. September 28, 2020 2:14 pm

    I particularly like your “old fashioned” hexie flower. And I appreciate the calm, creative space you’ve created in the cyber sphere. Congratulations on your blogiversary!


  11. September 28, 2020 11:37 am

    I hope that you will not run out of windows before “The end”. As you say what is the end anyway…? Happy Anniversary, and I love your writing and pictures, and thanks to YOU for all I’ve learned and people I’ve met through your blog,…It is nice to know I have a friend “up the hill” who thinks about things, and makes stuff and thinks it is valuable.


    • September 28, 2020 1:38 pm

      Kjerstin – thank you for the kind words. I think of you – and the wooden people – often, “down the hill” and I start each blogging day visiting all the Hittys, enjoying their adventures and loving the gentle world they live in. You and I both know that making stuff is of great value, warms our hearts and keeps our fingers nimble.


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