Art Emerges From Pain

Every few days I venture outside to get a little fresh air and take a walk with my husband. The empty streets continue to astound.

Fifth Avenue Sunday Afternoon

On this day we decided to walk over to Union Square park, typically a hotbed of activity: sun seekers, dog walkers, protesters, activists, proselytizers, NYU students and those like ourselves who just want to enjoy the nice weather. However this was not the case last Sunday…

Union Square Sunday Afternoon
Cherry Blossoms almost in full bloom

Usually on Easter Sunday we have friends and family over for a little Welcome To Spring celebration. As this wasn’t possible, I made a nice dinner for just us, before my husband and I went for our stroll.

My mother’s cheesecake recipe

As I arranged the raspberries on the cheesecake I made, I thought of what stitches would best replicate them. I’ve been working on shooting a video for each of Sue Spargo’s Toned Down Circle Sampler, a 90-day project she is doing on Instagram – #InstaStitchWithSue, because all her workshops have been cancelled for the next few months. Each day Sue unveils a new 1″ circle, and each afternoon she tells me which stitches she will be using for the following day’s circle so I can make a video; a kind of sneak peek into that day’s circle for all her followers.

Circle #1

It’s been such a wonderful project so far. Today will be the 16th circle. What follows are a few of my stitched circles, sometimes following Sue’s circles closely, other days taking the stitches she is using to make my own interpretation. These circles and making the YouTube videos have made what has been an incredibly stressful and painful time much less so. I am reminded of the resilience of humanity and how often beauty emerges from great upheaval.

Circle #2 – My interpretation of Palestrina Knot & Fly Stitch
Circle #4
Circle #5
Circle #6
Circle #10 – my interpretation of the closed fly stitch
Circle #13 – my interpretation of couching
Circle #14 – My interpretation of the Open Buttonhole Filler Stitch
Merlin who is featured in my Circle #13 video

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