|Antique Shoe Collection|
After the tickets were bought and we entered the park it was quite a hike to the reserved pavilion. Once there we agreed on a check in time and the kids were off on their adventure. I set up my work station. Those of you who followed my earlier blog know that I have a 3 piece project that I am working for my daughter. It is the Hat Collage, Purse Collection and Antique Shoe Collection. The Hat Collage is done and I am currently working on the Purse Collection.
After a few more minutes, I asked her if she wanted to see what I was doing. Alexandria was taking it all in and asking questions. I am working the project on 18 count Aida fabric, so I showed her how she could look in the magnifying glass and see the holes in the fabric. She wanted to know if the needles were sharp so I showed her one of the tapestry needles and explained since I didn't have to make holes in the fabric I didn't need a sharp needle. She asked how I could make the picture and I explained that I made a cross stitch on every square and the pattern told me what color to put there. I had to let her see the pattern too. It was also being magnified. Alexandria and her family came back to the rest area several times and each time she came back she watched me just as carefully and wanted to know my progress.
Throughout the day, I had several adults ask to see what I was working on. Some commented on the magnifying glasses. Some commented on how much work it was. A couple wanted to know if I thought my daughter would appreciate the work. It was good for a laugh and one answered her own question by saying she probably would not appreciate the work at least until she had made one of her own.
The fun was the kids. One little boy kept asking me if I wanted a skittle so he could watch me. He asked me if I was an artist. I told him that some people might call me an artist, but what I really was is a needleworker. Another young man exclaimed, "Wow, you are so good!" I think the high point was when a young lady, probably around 10 years old, came in and said "That's cool!" She was very excited and I told her all about the process too.
This picture shows what I was able to accomplish in approximately 10 hours of marathon stitching. I thought I would get more done, but I am happy with the work. I especially like the handkerchief that is falling out of the purse. I have some plans to make some of these.
|Purse Collection 07/24/11|
It was a very good Lagoon Day!