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Tim's Vermeer is one of the most fascinating documentaries I've seen in a long time.  I was mesmerized, although I'm not even sure I understood it.  
Vermeer, the Dutch painter who lived in the mid 1600s, is well known today for some of his famous paintings, such as Girl with a Pearl Earring. Like many other artists, he was not well known in his times and died in poverty.  There has long been controversy over Vermeer's work, due to his lack of formal art training and no trace of sketches under his amazingly intricate and realistic paintings.  I don't want to give any of the film away. If you get a chance, see what you think.


What I'm doing -

 Sewing runners, choosing bud vases for little clusters of flowers, planting terrariums for the tables.


Hurting a bit.

I've been busy with preparations for Nina's Bat Mitzvah as well as all the Jewish holidays happening this time of the year.  This partially explains why I've not been at my computer much lately.  I haven't been stitching at all, I mean AT ALL.  I can't find the energy and excitement. 

So what's happening?  I think it has to do with Seminar in Chicago.   Since this is a public forum, sort of, I won't go into detail.  I don't want to do any bashing or whining.  But I do want to share with you that I came home from Seminar hurt by things that happened there.  I must make it clear that my classes and students were phenomenal, they made it all worth while and gave me moments of great joy.  While some issues have since been resolved, I feel something along the lines of what a boxer must feel when he leaves the rink.  Everything is sore, hurting.  It's been almost two months, but it won't go away.  So what happens now?  First off, it's Nina's time and I will stay focused on all the exciting preparations.  After that I have made a few decisions.  I will take ownership of my time as a teacher and designer, and not put myself in the hands of organizations.  I want direct contact with my stitching friends, doing many more independent events, guild and shop teaching, open houses, stitch ins. I don't want any go between.  Just you and me.  You are what makes it all worth while, fulfilling, motivating.  I will spend the month of November putting together a schedule of events for 2015 and on.  

There, I feel a bit better already.

Another one of my brilliant students in my Color Inspiration class in Chicago sent me her completed piece.  Sara Leigh Merrey did a spectacular piece, her inspiration photo one of the more difficult photos in the class!  Take a look...



Introvert and Extrovert

We are moving into the weekend of Yom Kippur.  This is a unique time, lots of introspection, lots of quiet and peacefulness.

Before we head into this holiday, I wanted to bring you something that made me smile, and smile and smile!  If I were a shoe designer, this is what I hope my designs would look like!  (Wearing these shoes is a different matter, but fashion and practicality don't always mesh).  

All shoes designed by the talented Sophia Webster.


an invitation

Nina's Bat Mitzvah is approaching.  She is very committed to the spirit of the event, her transition from being a child to becoming an adult.  She is working hard at preparing for the service she will lead at the synagogue.  She is bringing all aspects of the cultures of her life to this moment. We are so proud of her.  It all became even more poignant with a gift her sister, Shiri, gave her.  Shiri painted and wrote about Nina in the invitation to this event.   When Nina saw this beautiful piece of art her eyes filled with tears.  I wanted to share this gift with you.  

The invitation is in the form of an accordion book

Shiri writes:  To my dearest sissie, there is no me story without you. Love, Shiri


Wishes for a healthy, peace-filled New Year

Shanah Tova.  May you have a good year, full of happiness and contentment.


שנה טובה ומבורכת

שלכם,  אורנה


a little something for the weekend...

From a 2013 exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 
more knit veggies from the artist Jung Jung 
and an armadillo by Adriana Torres. 


Do you sense something going on?

There were taken from sites such as: Jonathan Adler, Crate and Barrel, CB2, 
Room and Board, Mitchell Gold, and some others.  

I've added more tassel kits as well as Thread Stories to our Etsy site in the same spirit as the furniture on top!  As an example...

Tassel Kit

Curry Color Story


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