My head spins with creative ideas for yet more embroidery projects. I wish my hands were faster... So, let's check in with progress on my Bavarian Hösenträger (suspenders)!
Here they are, just before I rolled my slate frame. This is about a quarter of the total length of 112 cm. Right now, I've progressed to one third of the total length and that has taken me 51.5 hours. Apart from these two 'lengths', I also need to stitch a breast piece, or the Steg as it is called.
This year, I am also attending a course on wild herbs. I love to know what is edible and/or has medicinal uses. And I've discovered that some of our local wild herbs can even be used for dying. However, since Bad Bayersoien lies at 850 m above sea level, I need to be patient for spring to really kick in. But then I will be out and about collecting wild herbs!
And as part of my course portfolio, I need to make a 15 plant herbarium. Now that got my creative juices flowing big time! How about a stitched version? I am thinking silk shading the plants, mounting them, adding a pocket on the back for the pressed herb and a sheet with botanical information, and then turning the whole thing into a leporello. That would be fun, wouldn't it? Can't wait to start :).
On a personal level, my husband finally comes to live with me. Ten more days and he will be here! So far, we haven't been able to find him a new job. However, he has secured many short-term free-lance projects. Not the security one wants, but it is a start! As we will have to move his stuff from his accommodation in the Netherlands to here, we will be on the road in a couple of weeks' time. I will try to keep my blogging going, but life might take me out...
Hoi Jessica, wat ziet dat er weer geweldig mooi uit!! Fijne lentedag
Dank je wel, Mabel!
Mary Z from NYC
Hi Jessica. The suspenders are looking wonderful. Hope the move goes smoothly!!
Thanks Mary! My husband is being good and has been sorting his stuff all weekend :).
Hi Jessica, looks wonderful! Good luck with the moving, and I'm looking forward to reading your news, whenever they come! Big hug
The suspenders are beautiful. Lots of work for sure in this commission! How happy you must be that your husband will be coming to live now! I will pray he finds that permanent job!
Thanks Karen! I long for a bit of normality after so many years of seperation. Hopefully he stays for good this time!
Goed bezig :) Fijn om een bondgenoot te hebben met creatieve ideeën ;)
Tja, Mari-jan, nu alleen nog iemand vinden die ons een extra paar handen kan monteren :)!
The suspenders are looking wonderful! Such a huge amount of work. I love your idea for your herbarium. I can't wait to see your stumpworked herbs. What a great idea! Good luck with the move. That's exciting and wonderful news, and will no doubt make the moving process a lot easier. I hope a permanent or stable job opportunity comes along soon.
Thank you Catherine! I would so love to start on the Hebarium. However, I don't have the exact requirements yet, so I have to be patient :).
Me too, Rachel :)!
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