Monday, December 9, 2013


So, things are still pretty crazy here. Or maybe I'm a bit crazy. Yeah. Maybe that's it.

See... I'm doing a needlepoint tapestry. Right now, it's just a practice one to make sure I have the stitches down.

Here's the thing, though: Repetitive motion.

I literally lose hours while working on the tapestry.

Yesterday, I was puzzled by the ache in my right shoulder, until I realized that I'd spent about fourteen hours doing the same thing again and again, hundreds of times.

Doesn't sound all that fun, but it is. Really.

I think the big thing is that doing needlepoint like this is a lot like painting by numbers. Just a lot less messy. And it's wonderful to start seeing the picture taking shape.

Which is another thing. I keep saying that I'd stop when I did one thing, but once it was done, I'd go on to the next thing and the next. And the big thing is that I'm working on a fine grid, so I'm having to make many more stitches to fill the same area as the previous tapestry I did.

But yeah, that's pretty much what I'm doing when I'm not (still) unpacking boxes from my move.

What are you doing these days?


Julie Luek said...

I would think this would be very meditative work. I love losing myself in something that is repetitive and creative. Lovely.

Stephanie Faris said...

As someone who has a cyst from too much typing, I feel ya! The dr. told me not to do anything extra "like knitting." Then he mentioned he knew I'd probably be baking because it's Christmas. I suspect he's a little sexist...

Sylvia Ney said...

I miss doing needlepoint. I haven't had much time for creative work lately. I'm staying busy with home and auto repairs, and trying to prepare for the holiday season. I hope to get back to some hobby time soon. I hope you are able to enjoy the same.