Sunday, July 31, 2011
When Kyoto Clair had a baby recently I just knew I wanted to make something for him. Something Special. Faced with high pressure situations like this one I have to work hard at not freaking out. I willed myself in the direction of expansive rather than negative thoughts. It's not that I fixate on failure but I have high expectations, even when I'm doing something for the first time. I've only just realised that I'm easily bored so I usually only have a couple of goes at something before moving on to scaling a new mountain. For this special project embroidery was my Mount Fuji. My stitch work is on the wonky side in sections but I felt a great sense of pleasure watching Jem's bunny come to life from a rough grey lead sketch on the linen to his full colour self. He's on his way to Japan now where Jem may, or may not, pay him any attention. But for the few weeks I sat with the hoop in my hands stitching little by little, it was lovely to know an Ocean away Jem was opening his eyes to the world, being fussed over by his big sister, carried around proudly by his family. I could feel it.