Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Flock it...

So I was up to all hours again last night..{finding it hard to sleep}..but used the time to make some progress on doing something for me! I am hoping to finish this cross-stitch pattern, so as I can do it when I am away..time to relax I am hoping?! I am wanting this to look like a flock wallpaper, so although the motif is large, I will repeat it, and just make it a big piece....we will see...

Hope everyone had a good weekend?? I was just working...which was fine, but it seems to have an impact on the 'readiness' stakes for the next week...I feel like I am stumbling about blindly, only just holding it all together.....I guess I am just tired. I have been listening to Keane {not their newest album}..but am enjoying the melancholy tones coming from my computer {no kidding..hehe}...

I found Takuji Hamanaka's contemporary woodblock prints this week-end and was blown away...the layering of colour is sublime! The more that time goes by, the more I want to learn to speak Japanese. I feel a real pull to that part of the world, and a real yearning to go there...so want to be able to make that experience as full as it could be {should it ever happen} and so..looking into learning a new language it is!!! Now, the idea of going to Japan was on my list a few weeks ago, and speaking of lists, Nesty has posted a great one!! which I so enjoyed reading :)
Happy Tuesday all....roll on the weekend {and France!}
xox

Update!...I have just found an Interview with Takuji Hamanaka which is well worth a read too :)

9 comments:

Shari said...

hi abigail!
you are so talented...creating your own cross stitch pattern. i can tell it will be so so lovely. hopefully you'll show the finished results. thank you for the wood block print link. i really enjoyed browsing the site. i'm so happy for you..france is right around the corner. sending hugs! shari

Lena said...

ditto to what shari wrote! i was about to write the same thing (shari and i are on the wave length today!... see my blog). i love your cross stitch pattern, can't wait to see the end result. and thanks for the great link.

nesty said...

i'm sure you'll make your japanese dream a reality one day :) but when can such a busy bee get time to learn a language?! maybe you could get one of those tapes to play whilst you sleep (if you can remember what that is!) hmmm... on 2nd thoughts I don't think it'll work, if my school latin exam results are anything to go by, hee hee! i'm loving the cross stitch pattern too, what a blissful thing to take on holiday and do in the shade of the french sun. xx kelly

Marieke said...

Lovely cross stitch pattern, Abigail! Embroidery is such a great holiday pastime. Hugs from Amsterdam :-) - Marieke

lisa s said...

ooohhh... let's meet in japan!

love love this post and the links...

not sleeping over here either... but haven't made those Cd's yet :)

xo

Karen said...

Hi Abigail,

I find that when my mind is racing, I too will find it hard to sleep. I love the solitude of the night and Keane (older album) is also one of my favourite reflective albums... Going to check out your links now.

livefromthebluekitchen said...

those prints are lovely indeed and i love the drawings too. i really want to go to japan too - my plan if i go is to do some kind of printmaking course there. it would be great to be able to learn japanese, it's on my 'list' of languages to learn along with finally conquering french, going back to russian classes, spanish, swedish and finish. why can't we have two lives? one for doing and one for learning - would be so handy!!

love your design too - that will be such a lovely way to while away the hours relaxing. you're a very organised traveller!!

xx

lisa said...

oh, i can't wait to see if it comes out looking flocked. i wonder if using fuzzy or nubby thread would help? hm.

simple me said...

Thanks for Takuji's link...I love woodblock printing and am always on the outlook for these.
Looking forward to see your finish (or in progress) cross stitch
:)