Thursday, November 5, 2009

Revelations in Thread


I shall speak the truth: I don't much like my daughter sewing.

When she reads, she returns all bewildered and with flaming cheeks from the island where the chestful of precious stones is hidden, from the dismal castle where a poor orphan child is persecuted.

If she colors pictures, a semi-articulate song issues from her, increasing as the hum of bees around the privet.

But my daughter is silent when she sews, silent for hours on end, with her mouth firmly closed. She is silent, and she -- why not write down the word that frightens me -- she is thinking.

-- From Colette, "Earthly Paradise: An Autobiography of Colette Drawn From Her Lifetime Writings"

I've been on my hands and knees these last few days. Stitching, stitching stitching. Something very exciting is on the horizon for 2010 which I am not privy to talk about yet but will reveal in good time...and you will all be invited.

But I can tell you this: 1) I will need to be highly disciplined for the next five months, and 2) for the last three days, I have been cross-stitching words like these:



The piece I'm working on now is so large -- three by four feet, so far -- that the only way I can figure out how to sew it is to crouch over it. (Alternative suggestions would be roundly welcomed as my lower back is not amused.)
(My work space)

I have made out a very detailed work schedule for myself based on how much I need to stitch every day (minus weekends and vacations) and if my calculations are right, I am looking at a good 4-6 hours every day between now and April.

That's why there's only been one blog post this week, my darlings. Because I needed to take some time to plan, design, map out, calculate and, of course, count.

I will be back on Monday with a fabulous post about a fearless woman I met recently who I hope will inspire you as much as she has inspired me.

Now I must go. There's a row of hypodermic syringes waiting to be sewn up...

35 comments:

Angie Muresan said...

Oh Lordy!! I am dying of curiosity! And I LOVE invitations from you! Can your husband or some art store person construct some type of easel for you?

Jen West Design said...

You kill me.

little augury said...

Lisa, You need to get a quilter's frame that should save your back.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Angie: If only. My husband's talents lie in the kitchen, not the tool box (I'm not complaining!).

Little Augury: That sounds like a great idea...will Google "quilter's frame" now...

pve design said...

Oh, I would love to bring a needle and help.
I could provide some humorous injections....
tea, biscuits and some illustrations of you and your fascination with the thread of life.
pve

Jane said...

V exciting. That is a lot of cross stitching. You definitely need a frame so that you can do it standing or sitting. Lovely quote from Colette. I do think you go into a half there, half not world when you sew. I caught a glimpse of some rather LA words in your work. Maybe it is a modern fable in cross stitch? xoxo

Mlle Paradis said...

Ah! Bel Gazou! Fabulous passage from Colette!

You definitely need a frame. You will cripple yourself. Blue Rooster on Vermont in Los Feliz might - might make you a frame.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh good luck, this is marvelous. I suggest a good stiff drink while working to help the stiff back: Preferably in a beautiful rocks glass!

Style Court said...

I'm on pins and needles Lisa!

Kitty said...

that looks hilarious. could you hang it on a clothesline and stand or sit to stitch?

TERI REES WANG said...

Both of you are intensely creative geniuses. And that's all there is to it.

Janet said...

Oh, thank you for that brilliant Collette quote. And can't wait to see what you have been thinking about...

Willow Decor said...

Can't wait to see the finished product!!!
xx-Gina

VictoriaArt said...

2x4's build a square frame on a stand sit in front, otherwise you're going to kill your back.
This is so exciting, love the reference to facial torture in the cross stich work, a torture in itself...those words are so revealing!
Great work! I think of Cindy Sherman!

domicile interior design said...

I love it when I run across something that on first glance takes me back to memories of my grandmothers cross stitching days. Then wait one minute!! There's a little bit humor sewn into these little gems. Seriously love them!! Amanda

Dave said...

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Helen James said...

Lisa I am so excited for you ... sounds like a lot of hard work but worth it. I love the look of this new piece. good luck x

Linda said...

Probably a quilting frame is needed. Are you rolling it or working flat? Which way is the canvas oriented? You might be able to tack it on wooden stretchers and then put in in the jaws of a System 4. I'm look at mine here in my office and think that reaching over three feet might just be do-able if you are motivated; four feet would not be. I have a canvas 18" x 24" on mine now. System 4 offers a rolling bar, but I don't think it would be wide enough. I wonder if the System 4 people would make you a custom roller? You might ask.

Don't overdo. I got into some compulsive stitching a while back (all that thinking) and ended up in PT. "Here is our motorcycle accident, here is our slip-and-fall, here is our post-surgery, here is our needlepoint lady..."

Lucindaville said...

You rock! All the ghosts of all the girls at Omega Workshops are pulling for you.

two hippos said...

Wow! Have you tried an embroidery frame? Over here we can buy floor standing frames that will certainly save you back. Can wait to see...

miss cavendish said...

Am excited to see what looks to be a provocative series!

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...

LISA-


I love the subversive embroideries you are doing. So transgressive for the traditional style of 'lady-like' embroideries...and wittily, so very truly LA.
Adore it...and the cloth you are working on.

Can't wait to hear the news.

FedEx will surprise you. And oh, the 'word verification' word that just came up is 'mosew'..how does it know these things.

cheers, www.thestylesaloniste.com

Lisa said...

I LOVE to cross-stitch! I have never done so much as when we lived in Houston, and I rode the Metro bus to an fro work for an hour+ each day. Oh, the work I created then and there was no guilt involved!!. I now look at those framed pieces and marvel at the time spent as that time is not available to me now!

How I envy you and Look Forward to your results!!

skirmishofwit said...

Looks amazing so far - can't wait to see the finished product and know what it is! Good luck!

thesecretrose said...

Sounds really exciting.. and the syringe is so sweet! I really must try cross stitch - I love me a bit of embroidery :)

Cathi said...

Can't wait to hear about what you are doing! I love counted cross stitch and used to do it day in and day out......Good Luck!

penelope said...

some sort of trapeze system with pulleys and levers and soft rope?

frenchien said...

Ooh, I hope it's a show and I can buy one of these fantastic works! I was going to email you to find out if you do commissions...

Bart Boehlert said...

This all sounds very promising.

elle said...

I am positively smitten! Don't ever come to Africa without joining us for dinner, or staying in my beach cottage!

xxx elle allthethingsilove.blogspot.com

A Super Dilettante said...

My dear, a wonderful quote from Colette. I shall miss your regular posts of course. But one post a week would be very agreeable - make it even more special. A lot of stitchings to do over here too. Writing an art book at the moment (work related). My wrist is sore due to repetitive strain injury from typing I guess. So, I can only do one post a week. But it doesn't mean that I've been lazy. I've always lived with my nanny's motto: "A stich in time saves nine". ASD xx

jezebel said...

Curiouser and curiouser, says the fellow Colette devotee.

silentstoryteller said...

this is BRILLIANT!!!! Intrigued!!!

SCJ said...

I second (or twelfth) the quilter's frame suggestions. But more importantly, what a fantastic room in which to work. Can't wait to see the final result!

eva truffaut said...

just how brilliant is that !?!
thanks for your wonderful blog i've just discovered today thanks to victoria thorne
congrats from a french girl

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