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Watch this.

So beautiful. If you watch anything at all today. Watch this.

Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s. When they felt the relationship was ending, they walked the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.

At her 2010 MoMa show Marina shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.

Watch: http://zengarage.com.au/2013/03/marina-abramovic-and-ulay/


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The mailman brought this lovely wool this morning…..ordered on Friday from Melbourne….sometime Australia Post amazes me.  It is a new yarn by Rowan in the UK, called Fine Tweed, only 4 ply and it comes in tiny apple sized 25 gram balls, but in gorgeous flecked tweedy colours.

What am I going to knit you might ask…….

Answer…..I’m not, but a very kind friend is going to knit it up for me.  She loves doing complicated patterns, and she is going to do this cute hat for me….or actually for me to give my daughter, who loves wearing hats.  She will have it to be ready for next winter.

The pattern was created by Kate Davies, a Scottish woman who may be known to those who are knitters and follow Ravelry.  If you do not know of her, I would recommend that you check out her blog called needled it is well worth reading.  Kate is a Scottish academic who suffered a severe stroke early in 2010, from which she continues to recover.  Her blog is not only about her passion for knitting and designing, studying the history of textiles and walking in the Scottish hills,  but it also details her amazing determination and courage as she fights to regain her mobility, and deal with issues of loss of ability, with the support of her husband Tom and their Black Lab.  I do not know how I found Kate’s blog, but have followed her since before she became ill, because I enjoyed her thoughtful writing as well as marveling at her ability to design complex knitting patterns.  Do have a look.

One of the good things about Country living is that one has the opportunity to see and participate in things that city folk probable do not even know take place.  A while back I attended a Tractor Pull, and became aware that many farmers collect and treasure vintage tractors…..hardly surprising really when one thinks how we women love old stuff too.  In chatting to one local potato grower at an event where some of these old machines were on display, I asked it they were ever used.  He told me that those interested, get together on someone’s property with their old machines to have a Plowing Day – just for fun.  Apparently there are also competitions held for plowing, and some of the locals compete both in Australia and overseas.  I’m not sure what the criteria may be, I think that straight rows of furrows, and turning the grass fully under are some, but it gives another dimension to the idea of boy’s toys.  Yesterday was one such day, held on a farm not far from where I live, and I went along to see the old machines in action and to take some photos.  One young fellow proudly told me he had saved to purchase his own late 1940’s tractor ebay, and was keen to get some tips from the older fellas.  Here are some of them….(sorry they seem to include the wool and hat as well, and I can’t seem to be able to remove them.)

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Want a Giggle?

On this wet weekend, when we have to venture out to do our democratic duty in this state, something to amuse….

I love this site – it is a way of wasting too much time, but one can stumble on some gems…..Like this.  Can you believe it??

Unfortunately I cannot find the link on Stumble…….but I did find the website of this photographer, and it shows some fabulous photos, including this one which he calls “Growing Goats”.  I hope I have not infringed any copyright by posting the photo, if so I apologise.

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I have never watched the Quilt show before, but when I saw the item below on the C&T Publishing blog, I had to have a look.  Like many of us, I love my digital camera, have this book and have used some photos in textile work, but have never been impressed with the results.  For me, the most useful part of this clip is to see how Kerby Smith adjusts his photos using Photoshop Elements to make an image that prints out on fabric without looking pale and washed out.

No brown paper bags here, and no doubt having registered to watch this, I shall probably be inundated with emails inviting me to pay $$ and access the show on a regular basis, but this time it was free………

Secrets of Digital Quilting—From Camera to Quilt

Lura Schwarz Smith and Kerby C. Smith, authors of Secrets of Digital Quilting—From Camera to Quilt, are featured on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims in episode #102 “Quilting in the Digital Age.” Click here to watch the episode for FREE through July 31st only.

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For all the lovely comments about my embroidered box, it is very gratifying to know that other clever stitching people like it too, so thanks a bunch for taking the time to leave a comment – it made my day!

There has been a huge amount of traffic on my blog since yesterday, probably 4-5 times the usual number of visitors from all over the world, and I can tell from my sitemeter that many people had a long look at what was there.  The reason I am sure, is that Sharon B of Pintangle included my blog in her alphabetical list of blogs of “textile practitioners and designers who do such things as quilt, stitch, dye, sew, embellish fabric, and bead, or are kept by people who are interested in art, design or paper related crafts, such as bookbinding, altered books, visual journals or studio journals.”

I have done a couple of courses with her online, and was mentioned last year too, but really was not expecting to be included again, as Sharon will only list those that remain on the topic for 80% of the time, and will cheerfully remove those that do not.  Given that I have not been doing a huge amount of textile stuff until recently, and like to include photos of the garden, dogs, chooks etc, I would not have been surprised if I had not made the cut – but I did, so thanks to Sharon too.  For those who do not know of Sharon, then do have a look at Pintangle – it is a wonderful resource for stitchers and other crafty folk.

Another blog well worth exploring is this one, belonging to Kay Warner from the UK – particularly to look at the wonderful book she has made using Blurb, featuring her embroidery and various textile creations.

Now – because a post without a photo is a bit like a cart without a horse………here is a photo of exactly that!  These were taken in the overgrown garden of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, which is being restored at last after being badly damaged by fire in 2005.  I loved the moss and sense of decay, and I’m glad I took them as the garden has now been reclaimed and these old things are gone.

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For the comments and suggestions for the name of the Red Thing, but still thinking and no decision made yet.  Your ideas are much appreciated.

Nothing much new here, busy doing boring essential stuff, but did find time to make note of these websites which might be interesting:-

  • Helen Conway of From Down the Well, has a new website full of interesting and useful information – called Helen Conway Design
  • Leah Day has a blog where she demonstrates via a short U-tube video how to do a different free motion quilting pattern each day.
  • Noma Bar shows some brilliant uses of positive/negative space here
  • Some wonderful illustrations from Gabriel Moreno here
  • And a bit of fun – Mr Picassohead here

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