The 4th medical emergency I have had to deal with in the last month - is me! I took a bad fall when I caught my foot in Mark's rear transporter wheel when, he by accident, backed up. I went down like a cut tree on my right side - my shoulder taking the brunt of the hit on tile. I have a fractured head of the right upper arm bone with massive contusions from below the elbow to the shoulder but all should heal okay. So the blog should be out Saturday, January 23th 2016. Sorry for the delay but the bleeding got worse and it is so painful to use the keyboard for long. Next month will be timely. I will be fine. Ruth
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To Applique or to not Applique that is the question!
Humans having been messing with fabric for about 100,000 years and haven't stopped yet. In fact, I was reading a copy of The Smithsonian that mentioned technology has stepped in to the textile world and even garbage is being created into fabric.
Applique is derived from the French verb 'appliquer', meaning to put on. So applique is the art of placing one piece of fabric over another. Quilters love doing this technique. What's nice about applique is a needleworker can feel free to try out her artistic skills and find out whatever she or he decides to design is correct whether it is something very simple or really complex. It's all up to the designer. This is a great way to use up all those fabric scraps, buttons, dress trims we collect!
If you want to attempt this art I've included a number of books to get you started or add to whatever you know and show us the techniques used around the world.
Potpourri of Needlework Books
NEW FOR SAMPLER LOVERS
Aoki, Kazuko - The Embroidered Garden - This author has a unique talent for translating the beauty of the garden with needle and thread. By using 40 motifs, she explores the roses and wildflowers that appear season to season, as well as the
Search Press - A-Z of Smocking - Again, Search Press has brought back another of the much beloved A-Z books. This book features every smocking stitch, clearly explained for beginners, but also has inspiring examples and new or little-known techniques to appeal to experienced smockers. It shows how to work the stitches, read graphs, and select colours, fabric and threads. It teaches how to pleat and block a garment, gives advice on different techniques such as ribbon weaving, counterchange, template and freeform smocking and much more. It includes great hints, ideas and inspirational photos. There is advice on the fabric, needles and thread needed and a glossary of smocking terms. $19.95
These are the books she has in her new Second Chance Cat Mysteries:
A Whisker of Trouble (Second Chance Cat Mystery) - Spring has come to charming North Harbor, Maine, and with the new season comes a new haul for Second Chance. Sarah is turning her keen eye to the estate of collector Edison Hall, hoping for fabulous finds but when her rescue cat Elvis discovers a body in the kitchen, everything goes paws up. The body is of an appraiser who had been hired to check out Edison's wine collection. When Edison's sister shows up she hires Sarah's friends a kooky and charismatic trio of ladies who call themselves Charlotte's Angels and work out of the shop to solve the murder. But as it becomes a cat and mouse game of lies, ons, cheats, and family squabbles, can Elvis and Sarah claw their way to the truth before the killer slinks away forever? $7.99 (due in February 2016)
This interesting author she is also into fabric collage so I thought I'd honor her art with some books on the subject in case you'd want to join her in this neat art form.
Barbara Mertz (1927-2013) wrote under a number of pseudonyms but her best known one was Elizabeth Peters who wrote about a feisty, intelligent, arrogant but likable single lady, Amelia Peabody, from the Victorian Era. Miss Peabody after inheriting a fortune ends up exploring the Nile and finding the love of her life (and his) Radcliffe Emerson. They marry, get into archeology and back they go to Egypt. Barbara Mertz knows of what she wrote having her PhD in Egyptology from the famous Oriental Institute in Chicago and her knowledge shows in this entertaining well-written series of 19 books. (discount code: 15dec)
Barbara Mertz didn't want to confuse her academic work with her fiction writing thus the pen names. Her books written under Elizabeth Peters, (she used both her children's first names to create her pen name) mirror her the best. Why did she write fiction instead of being an archeologist? When she got divorced she couldn't find work in her field so she started writing and found she had a knack for it. All these books hit the New York Times bestseller lists. She was quoted as saying, "she was so happy to be published that she would have used the name of Jack the Ripper to get there. Well, she was forced to do that! Until she died in 2013 she lived with a number of cats (named for the pharaohs) in a 1820 stone house near Frederick, Maryland.
All I can add is to say her books are a tasty treat. To paraphrase a potato chip commercial I remember, I bet you can't read just one. I'm on my way to reading all 19. After all, I want to see how she ends the 19th book.
Barbara Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and was awarded Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention.
Long Live her books!
I've listed the first four in the series. Hope this tempts you! You won't regret reading them.
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Set in 1894, this is the first installment in what has become a beloved bestselling series. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, decides to use her ample inheritance to indulge her passion, Egyptology. On her way to Egypt, Amelia encounters a young woman named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. The two become fast friends and travel on together, encountering mysteries, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a dashing a opinionated archaeologist who doesn't need a woman's help - or so he thinks. $10.00
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Have a wonderful life! Remember to keep plenty of time available for stitching and reading.
See you next year: January 2016.