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I bitch a lot about the arts.  I’ve cultivated a fine contempt for most of what I see treacling across my RSS.  However, there are some people who do not make my choke on my own vomitus.  I figure, since I am clearly way too occupied sorting our things away at the new place, I should fill this space with some of them.

Though Nicole is second I’ll mention, she was actually the first fiber/stitching artist I found that made me happy instead of raging.  I still had Craftzine’s blog on my RSS at the time, but was skipping most of what I saw.  Then, between a post on making twee flag bunting and something about Steampunk heart pins was a quote that caught my eye.

The idea with this project is to examine the implications of the fact that we now have the ability to disseminate widely something written very quickly, to a potentially very large audience… My response is to create this blog, posting embroidered diary entries on a semi-daily basis. While the posting of the image is nearly instantaneous, the act of physically creating the object is much slower than typing or even handwriting an entry. This forces me to think very carefully about what to include.

That was Embloggery.  I was thrilled.  I mean, my project at the time was embroidering maps from memory, revelling in the time spent/wasted on inaccurate information.  And I am mad fond of hyperlinking.  What made me happy was that, when Nicole was unable to embroider for a while we started to see what other things she turned to when her hands itched to make things.  And in March she started Red Tarts, confessing “Rugs are actually my real passion. I adore embroidery but sort of view it as my “hobby” whereas rugs are more like my “career.””.  As she went on we got to see more of her work, like using the ‘backside’ of a needlepunch piece to draw.

Nicole and her work was a driving force behind my own attempts to figure out how I felt about stitching and using fiber and thread as a “graphic mark”.  Her pure amusement and joy in stitching is a constant encouragement to keep going.