I knew more crazy quilters would be blogging. This morning Linda dropped me an email pointing me to Toshs’ web journal Through the Eye of a Needle. Tosh is recording her stitching projects including crazy quilting in her blog.
A new born blog is online all crickly and red as dear friend on mine Annie Whitsed has started a blog titled Annies Crazy World. I have already spoken about Annies work in this post about journal quilts but anyone on any of the crazy quilting discussion lists will know her for the whimsical embellishments to her pieces.
Annie and I live in the same district of Canberra. Our children (her son and my daughter) were born days apart, went to school together and when they grew up went to Europe together and backpacked together. Annie and I have Wednesday nights as our Stitch and Bitch night. I am just noting this to indicate that when I say we are good friends I mean good friends. So I was delighted for her when she told me of her trip to the UK and my encouragement was in part selfishness as I want to know what she does over there while she does it! I know I will find out when she returns but I am impatient I guess.
I don’t think there are too many other Crazy quilters out there keeping blogs. I am not sure why as the discussion lists are very active. For some I am sure it looks to hard but it is not. For anyone who has posted a photo to yahoo groups or used services like webshots and eboards to post images of their work the software for keeping a blog is just as easy to use. There are many free services that allow you to try out blogging and some of them such as the service Annie has chosen will allow images. You can update as frequently or as infrequently as you choose and they are a really handy way of sharing images with an online group of what you have been stitching. I have had a number of emails from crazy quilters asking about blogs and blogging and I meant to post here that I wrote a brief description about what they are over on Underthesun but if people want more information about blogging drop me an email or leave a comment. I am no expert but I will try to answer questions or point you in the direction of bloggers who have already done so in their posts.
Reusablog documents the attempts at reusing and recycling everyday materials. Often projects are a success but that is not why I enjoy this blog. Foremost is taking pleasure in witnessing creative problem solving in action. Reusablog itself is in a state of change but this is a sibling blog of spinning jennie where news about the updates are appearing. Spinning Jennie itself reads as a personal journal with a mix of everything from the domestic to IT.
An article Crossing Boundaries in the magazine published by the Embroiderers guild Embroidery attracted me to the work of Carol Naylor.
This provoked a google search to see if she has a site. When I saw her heavily textured and buckled machine embroidered wall hangings I was immediately reminded of another British contemporary textile artist Alice Kettle. Naylor’s interpretation of the environment are not literal romanticised pretty pictures but images that investigate the patterns discovered in the landscape.
Carol Naylor’s site has a gallery, contact information and a brief artists statement. It’s a small site but worth a visit.