Carolyn Manning Designs
Needlework, textile and fiber art by Carolyn Manning.

Playing with string since 1999.
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  • Monday After-The-Holiday Madness

    Lots and lots going on here today! Working through the home stretch of Blue, and hope to have a few images to share later.  I am also working on the little flowers for Bloom, hoping to get ahead for the orders I know are coming.  I have several new items up on Ebay (crossstcher). Trims and flowers, a few granny squares. It was a productive weekend once my internet was restored. Lucky me— router fried late late on Thursday night, and I was thinking I would be without my net over the long weekend, but the provider was actually working on the 4th and I got the last appointment that day, and they set me up with a shiny new system. Long overdue, apparently, as they no longer have the router I was using! Yay me! 

    Amel has been hanging out with me all day while I’ve been printing. He’s getting quite restless, I think. Keeps looking at me funny. Might be the that I’ve been up to my eyeballs in cotton these days instead of wool! 

    When I was young, we lived on a sheep farm. We had two bucks, Jasper (beautiful Suffolk) and Amel, a New Hampshire. Amel was always a bit on the ornery side. I remember him waiting (seriously, when I was 10, that is what it seemed like!) for me to come into the pen with the feed bucket, and he would put his head down and charge. I’d end up in the feed trough, standing there and screaming for my dad. 

    I found two figurines some years ago that reminded me of those two. They sit now on my art desk in the studio. Ever watchful, like Amel is right now.

    The flowers are all ready to go!  The Blossom pattern will be making its way to Hoffman Distributing Company on Monday, and then to independent needlework shops from there. Also available on my website.

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    Back to the design process…

    My designing is priority, but when I start to feel as if my designs are becoming stale— when things all start looking the same to me, I find myself curling up instead of putting my head down and powering through. 

    Stepping back isn’t a bad thing, but it is when I step so far back that I can’t seem to get back into the front of the race again that the problems start. That is where I’ve been lately… content with the one design I had been working on (which I do love!) but not having much of anything on deck to start up with. Finished that model up and I sat here on Saturday thinking, “ok, now what?” 

    My focus had turned to some of the other things I enjoy doing— free form embroidery, crochet, beading—  and I think it is important that I indulge myself in those things, because ultimately, they do lend themselves to my cross stitch designs.  However, it has always been my tendency to get too many things going at once, and while I do have more productive than unproductive days, I need to refocus. 

    It’s time now to get back into some serious charting. 

    I have a sketch book full of ideas. I have a blank sheet of graph paper.

    Head down.

    Here we go.

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