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“Knot”, a small mixed media piece by Piper Haywood from 2010

Everything has a grain. Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes less so. This concept started as a little ditty and has grown in to a full blown earworm.

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Line drawing of the Cosmos flowers by Alta Quick
Line drawing by my great-grandmother Alta Quick, probably used for embroidery

Guardian review of the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at Tate Modern 

Surprised/embarrassed to say I had never heard of Sonia Delaunay or her work before this Guardian review. Looks impressive. The EY exhibition: Sonia Delaunay is on at Tate Modern 15 April – 9 August 2015.

Motivation matters more than talent, and for a particular reason. The craftsman’s desire for quality poses a motivational danger: the obsession with getting things perfectly right may deform the work itself. We are more likely to fail as craftsmen, I argue, due to our inability to organize obsession than because of our lack of ability.

Brightly-coloured totebag design by Peter Nencini
Design for an embroidered tote bag by Peter and Sally Nencini (image source)

Posting this design by Peter Nencini for reference as I finish my Note Note Tote. I learned so very much from Sally and Peter at the stitching workshop yesterday at the Tetley, looking forward to finishing the tote. However, must be wary of embroidering while fatigued. I’ve got a few new holes in my index finger.

Update: Embroidery thread colours for reference below (brand is Anchor, about 70p per skein online)

  • Purple 111
  • Yellow 291
  • Orange 330
  • Green 228
  • Pink 57
  • White 1
  • Black 403