So besides photography, what have I been up to these past six months and more? Well, a lot of teaching, a lot of work, and not a lot of free time. And oh yeah, being exhausted from the thyroid stuff (which is FINALLY improving…we may finally have the right RX…will see in a month). So I have neglected the blog plain and simple. I’ll try to fix that! Today just a brief tease:
Can you believe that I, the “never do anyone else’s designs” person and “embroidery really isn’t me”, have enjoyed learning about embroidery on the phenomenal Janome 15000 that I currently have on loan (thank you again Janome-America). Most of the included designs are, well, why “embroidery is not me.” But Lonni’s designs ROCK! The one above was done in a totally different colorway–soft greens, some peach. Well, not me. Has opened up a world of possibilities, including perhaps some of MY designs finally getting refined and submitted for consideration by Janome! [Taylor, I promise, I really have stuff for you! I just need to make it good enough to send in!]
As part of the Janome Artist-Teacher loan program, I make stuff that Janome can blog about or use in their booths to show what can be done with their machines. I thought the flowers looked like poinsettia as well as chrysanthemums, so I changed up the thread colors to reds, green and gold (not metallic).
I am also not someone that loves fiddling with computerized stuff on a machine. I have to say, this machine has made it SO EASY. Another thing that has helped immensely if an App from Jim and Diane Stutsman, available for iOS devices (iPad and iPhone), that teaches you everything but everything about the 15000. I’ll review that in my next post. It costs only $59.95 US, and all I can say is that if you have this machine, you will NOT regret spending that $60. Totally worth it.
Anyway, when the winter Janome project is made with this design, of course I’ll share here. The pattern will be available for free (here or on Janome or both…I’ll let you know), along with exact thread colors, yardage, etc. Stay tuned!
Gosh it feels good to be back in touch (and have a functioning brain and body…now, to do something about the pudge and lack of fitness….)!