I like the overall shape of my focal point, but the varieagated thread is not my friend here. I think I'm going to go with solid colors in the four diamond shapes and then use the Watercolours in the corner sections. The backgrund of the focal point (to fill in the square) will be light ecru tent stitch to give the eye a place to rest.
I suppose that this is why this piece is a challenge, no? Learning to do new things is opening my tiny little brain up to the possibility that there might be another way to do something, after all.
I confess to fretting quite seriously over the recent events here in the U.S. and how I might write about them on this here blog. I've composed a thousand different posts (in my head, anyway) about love and hate, guns and violence, good and evil, and why we just can't seem to get our proverbial act together, but all of my words seem very very...small.
There have been 37 mass casualty shootings in the United States since I started writing in 2008.
If you can find a way to wrap your head around that, then you're doing much better than I am. For now, I try to understand it all and I send silent prayers for the victims and the families and those that are left behind. And I also pray for the shooters to be...that something will shift in their mind and heart that will stop them from pulling the next trigger, and I pray that the smart people come forward and lead us to solutions that will end this crazyness once and for all.
So, please, dear friends, forgive me for blathering about stitching and pups and laundry and coffee while the world spins like crazy off its axis. I'm not oblivious to the greater issues of the day...I'm just trying to make sense of things from the safe confines of the Happy Chair with a needle and thread for company.
I don't have any answers...if I did I would shout them from my rooftop. But what I do have is hope. For now, I suppose, that's going to have to be good enough.