Friday, March 29, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Well, where has the week gone?????
I’ve been indulging in my fascination with sacred music. With the mass Tuesday and the Enthronement today, “the best” of Christian tradition has been on display to the world. I eagerly listened to the entire mass Tuesday; At least all of the music that PBS included in their unedited video.
Now, before some of you get all huffy and start spewing negatives, let me say that I will not tolerate slamming of music used in worship. Several years ago, I had an epiphany of sorts. I witnessed a group from the other side of the world sharing a song. Even though I had dutifully studied “Church music” for many years, I didn’t “get it” until that moment. I now honor how people sing in worship with a humble heart knowing my voice isn’t the final say.
So, back to Tuesday. I’ve had the pleasure of standing in St. Peter Basilica. It’s huge! It’s Renaissance! It’s a tall order for any vocal group. I enjoyed the chant and motets the groups performed. They fit. They were meet and right.
And now for Thursday. I would like to visit Canterbury now. I can see it’s huge! I can see it’s English! I can imagine how it must sound. I enjoyed hearing the snippets that BBC Radio broadcast. I look forward to listening to the whole service at some point. If I can find it on line.
I have been tatting. I tried to get the triangle corrected. And failed. I started the cluny medallion/motif in the color thread. I think it looks quite well in pink and blue. Rather like a nursery decoration. I also worked on the designs in progress. All that tatting and nothing to show for pictures or scans. Sorry. I promise to regain my focus….soon. Right after I listen to a Utube of a favorite organ piece I stumbled upon.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I’ve just finished a rereading of Elegy for Eddie byJacqueline Winspear. This is the latest Maisie Dobbs novel she has written. I enjoy the period mysteries. This particular one is going to be a favorite of mine. That’s because the housekeeper, Mrs. Bromleigh, explains that she keeps busy caring for the house and tatting. I grinned and giggled when I read that. And some think tatting is a lost art! Harrumph!!
Monday, March 11, 2013
I had the great pleasure yesterday of experiencing great music. Evensong is a wonderful contemplative service; Just the ticket for mid-Lent. The space at St. Andrew's Saratoga is a singing space. It's easy to pray in song there.
The concert performer and Evensong accompanist was James Welch http://www.welchorganist.com/index.html . I know I risk being labeled as a “groupie” by some of my musician friends that read here, but if you do get the chance to hear Jim, please do. He’s a wonderful organist and plays both new and standard repertoire equally well. The new music last night was a piece by local organist/composer Lothar Bandermann. http://www.lotharbandermann.com/index.php I’d love to hear it again. Any takers?
On the tatting side of life, I continue to make progress on several PHD items. I also found some size 15 beads in primary colors. I have all kinds of earring ideas for them. We’ll see what make it onto this blog.
Please find time to get out and enjoy spring. It has sprung in full force here. The blossoms on the fruit trees are lovely and fragrant, the buds on the mulberry trees are getting bigger, the ground looks wonderful and ready for planting!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
So, here’s the cluny pattern section I’ve been working on.
|practice cluny sample|
I still think I need more practice at cluny leaves. These were described by the designer as needing to be shuttle shaped. I’m thinkin’ they’re a bit more like celtic shuttles than the one I’m trying to work with! I just may repeat a bookmark pattern I enjoyed last year.
|Cluny bookmark by Georgia Seitz|
Maybe that will help cement the technique and the current doily pattern will work out better? Hope, hope, hope
Friday, March 8, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Well, I think I have a good set of clunys to assemble into my poinsettia. I won’t show you the ones that were “binned”. (I think the Brits have a good expression there!) At any rate, I will be setting these aside for a day…..or so…..before assembling. And, of course, no photo of the complete flower here. At least not until I hear back from the folks that run the TATprograms.
|cluny petals for a poinsettia|
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
My thoughts are on spring today. Last night a storm blew in and gave us some rain. We needed it! Unfortunately, the timing may not be great for the fruit trees. I hope the bees had a chance and the fruit has set. We’ll see in a few months.
|Ruth's Tatted Easter Bunny|
Currently, the non-fruiting plum outside my window is in bloom. The blossoms look so bright! And the pink matches the thread I used to try out Ruth’s Tatted Easter Bunny.
I had great fun and plan to do a chocolate version with the Fudge thread from Handy Hands. Now to get out to the garden to weed now that the soil is moistened up!
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
I asked what you thought of the different cluny technique. So far, no one has weighed in. Well, I think I could use both techniques; just need to play a bit more to see what I like about each one.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on the knitting board. I’m so close! When I get this close to the end of a project, I have to be quite firm with myself. I tend to rush and make all sorts of sloppy errors. So, I will be careful in the last few rows.
Monday, March 4, 2013
What a weekend. It actually was a 3 day weekend; we included Friday in our errands/yard work time. To recap:
Sold a carPruned the roses and honeysuckle
Spiffed up the trumpet vine and a boogie
Tried to figure out if the lantana and cherry tree will survive.
Our treat: a fresh orange picked and eaten while still warm from the sun. mmmmmmmmmm
Still to happen:
Revive the lawnReplace the shrubs that hide our “reused” bricks (necessary for curb appeal)
Weed the bed of oxalis
Now, if the oxalis that grew in our yard looked as lovely as this , I wouldn’t be so keen on eradicating it. But, alas, ours is the yellow version that doesn’t smell nice, grows from miniscule corms that break off from the stems, and spreads faster than dandelions! Hopefully, the predicted rain will make weeding next weekend more productive. Well, one can hope, right?
I’m off to finish the poinsettia. I rather like how the leaves are shaping up. Unfortunately, I can already tell my photography skill, or lack thereof, will not be up to sharing a picture of the finished bloom. Sorry.
Friday, March 1, 2013
I recently came across an intriguing idea: use wire to shape the outer parts of a cluny. Here’s what I came up with:
|cluny with floral wire|
The one in gold without any white showing is completed with just thread using a loom, no wire or stabilizer help. The one in gold with white showing is completed using a loom and covered floral wire (in white).
Now, I’m not a crafter (just ask the Girl Scout troop I worked with); I don’t do flowers (silk or live); and this is size 10 thread (a bit larger than I like to use). Personally, I like the way the one with wire holds the shape, I just have to learn to deal with the wire. What do you think?