Monday, December 28, 2020

Word of the Year

 I've never been good at New Years Resolutions.  I always have great intentions and give it a good solid try for about a month but then it gets hard and hard just gets harder to do.  

For the past couple of years, I've tried picking a word for the year.  This seems to work better for me for a few reasons.  Firstly, the word typically encompasses my whole life instead of a small part.  Secondly, the idea is more flexible in that as my life evolves during the year, so can the application of the word.  And finally, I find enjoy reflecting on the changes one single word brings to my life when I focus on it over a period of time.

So I was thinking about this year's word.  I haven't totally committed to one, yet, but I have narrowed it down to a shortlist.  Here's a list that might be useful when selecting your word of the year.  Of course, you may find many lists with a quick Google search.

I started thinking about how to keep my word in front of me so that it'll be always on my mind.  What about a needlepoint piece?  Stitching it would be a mindful exercise to embody the word and the finished piece could be my reminder for the year.

  We could make a custom design for your word.  It could be a keychain, a small framed piece, an insert for a leather box, a hanging sign, a pillow, a pocket for a tote bag,  maybe an ornament to hang on the rearview mirror, or a bracelet insert.  Here are a few ideas I came up with but we'd love to do something just right for you.

I'd love to know what words you are considering and what you settle on for your word of the year.  Give us a call (816-531-4466) or stop in if we can help you create a needlepoint piece for your word. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Baseball Stitching

The Studio is one of those special places and I think you feel it when you walk in the door.  We are a sisterhood, bound by the work of our hands.  As a staff we interact as family, caring for one another, looking out for each other, checking in, covering shifts, dropping in the shop and helping out, sharing recipes and meals.  The list goes on.

Betsy and I have sons on the same baseball team this summer.  They have played together a couple of other seasons.  We have fun sitting near one another at the games and stitching together.

This past weekend they played at the Urban Youth Academy.  
It's located 1 block north of 18th & Vine.  It is an absolutely beautiful facility.  There are 3 fields there.  The main field has an announcer's booth and instead of bleachers there are stadium seats, just like at the Royals game.  All the fields are turf.  They have a concession stand and nice bathrooms which are air conditioned.  My only complaint is the lack of shade but that is pretty common at baseball complexes.
While at the game, Betsy and I were both working on stockings for our customers.  The one Betsy was working on has been a group effort at Bishop Spencer House and I think everyone was just "done". So the stocking owner brought it to us to wrap it up.

The Stocking I'm working on was brought to us by a customer who's hands are giving her a fit right now.  She got a little bit done but just couldn't do more.  I'm having a blast with different stitches and fibers.

Stitching projects come to us for a variety of reasons.  Some are from failing eyes or hands.  Some come from and need for help with an abundance of canvases.  Some get here because the grandchildren are arriving quicker than the stitching can be done.  

In any case, we love helping out whether we are stitching the whole thing or a section (like turkey work), or part of it when you poop out.  We have a simple formula for calculating the fees so if you find yourself needing a stitching fairy, bring your canvas in and we'll see what we can do.

Monday, March 16, 2020