Wednesday, 11 January 2017

WOYWW 397–The Great UFO Challenge

I am rising to the challenge of trying to stick to my New Year’s resolutions, including tackling my many UFOs (UnFinished Objects) which are taking up far too much space in my studio.

For several years I have been working on some pieces to decorate a half-tester over a bed. Each piece is a shaped piece of fabric with some machine applique on it, which I made up more years ago than I care to remember, and each one is being embellished with brightly-coloured embroidery to enhance the vibrant colours of the fabrics. The embroidery is based around at least one piece of shi-sha (Indian mirror work, one of my all-time favourite embroidery techniques) and I’m doing a lot of chain stitch and French knots.

I’ve picked this up again this year and am determined to complete it during the year! Now that I have finished my mini-album about our woodland walk, I am getting stuck in on this before I start anything else in the studio.

Here are the pieces I’ve recently completed.

01 Three Pieces

This is a detail shot of my favourite of the three.

02 Yellow, Red & Green Detail

Over the coming days, I am hoping to work on a video slideshow of the mini-album, but I’m having some problems with Final Cut Pro crashing on the Mac and not too sure what to do about that.

Health Update

Doing fine generally – I am still waiting for the support pants to arrive to help with my parastomal hernia. The lady from the support garments firm came back to see me before Christmas to see what adjustments needed to be made to my first pair, and she took them away. I am hoping that they will come back soon, but have to make allowances for everything having stopped over the holiday period. Once I give them the go-ahead that they are OK, they will make up two more pairs for me, making the total of 3 that I am allowed in a single year, free on prescription.

The arthritis in my knuckle joint has now subsided and the pain is minimal, but I have developed something else that I could really do without – one of my lower wisdom teeth has decided it’s on the move again and this time it is causing me a lot of pain which I am keeping as under control as possible with paracetamol. In the past, this has only gone on for a day or two and then it’s stopped moving, but this time it does seem to be a lot worse, and so far no sign of it stopping. We’ve got a dental check-up appointment coming up soon and I’m hoping to last out till then, and maybe it will have stopped by then, but if not, I am not relishing the idea of having to have this tooth removed… I was told many years ago that if I was going to have any trouble with my wisdom teeth, it would be the bottom ones because the teeth are pretty overcrowded on my lower deck! What a bore – it seems to be one thing after another at the moment!

Happy WOYWW everybody.


  1. Happy WOYWW. I don't have any unfinished projects in my craft room - but I do have 3 separate crafts that I bought the basic supplies for and haven't got round to doing any yet (encaustic art, pyrography and printing). This year I will definitely give them a go. I am continuing with my big sort out of my craft room - and have got rid of a lot of stash. My cupboards etc are looking far more organised. Your embroidery is stunning - lovely bright colours. Glad to hear your health is not too bad - except for that wisdom tooth. I have a similar issue. Dentist was thinking of removing it last year, but decided to leave it as it wasn't causing any issues. Since then I have had a couple of short periods of pain around it - but then it stops. I really don't want to go through the stress of having it removed (I have sedation for any dental work anyway due to my phobia and local anaesthetic not working now), so just brushing around that area extra well and hoping it settles again. Ali x #29

  2. Great WOYWW TFS. Happy New Year xx Jan

  3. Shoshi, a woman of many talents! Your embroidered pieces look absolutely gorgeous and good on you for trying to finish your UFOs. I was going to say that I haven't got any of those, but then I realized that I've made a number of journals that I never actually filled with anything. I'm a compulsive journal maker! Good news about your knuckles, but not so good about the tooth. I've just cancelled a dental appointment for Friday. Partly because I didn't want to go on Friday the 13th and also because I didn't want to waste £50 on a single filling (it's nothing to worry about, just a chipped filling, my tooth is not in any danger, the dentist told me). This could have easily waited until the next check-up in 6 months' time, but I have a feeling they want to do them one-by-one for financial reasons, so you end up paying £50 for each every time. So, I'll just wait for my next check-up - unless something happens to another tooth in the meanwhile. The most painful part of going to the dentist for me is always the bill - I always imagine how many art supplies I could buy for £50! Which is exactly what I'm going to do with the £50 I've just saved, ha! I saved at least £100 by not going for 18 months previously, and my teeth were just fine. They just had to do three of them at the same time instead of one! (stupid system, if you ask me, charging you per treatment and not per tooth!) Anyway, I hope your tooth will be OK after all and doesn't need removing. I've got 2 of my wisdoms missing - one of them was compacted lying on its side completely under my gum. It had to be hammered out - it was awful. I was fully awake and had to walk 2 miles home from the hospital. I couldn't eat properly for a week while it was healing. I was only 18 at the time. I'm thinking if I survived that, I can survive almost anything. A simple extraction is a walk in the park compared to that! Anyway enough of my babbling LOL. Fingers crossed your tooth will settle down and stop moving! Happy WOYWW!

  4. Hi Shoshi, how horrible to have a wisdom tooth giving you trouble! I love the embroidery, so exotic. Colours are so vibrant and jewel-like. Bit of good news, finally got the letter today with a surgery date- 7th Feb. At last, can get this over and done with. Much love to you both, Hugs, Shaz #7 xxx

  5. Hi Shoshi. Wow! Your colours are amazing in the sewing. Now they aren't really UFOs, you know. They are UFSs. Unfinished Symphonies John always called them. On the principle that if Schubert could do it...
    Hope your tooth settles - I've never had any wisdom teeth - they just never came through...explains quite a lot really!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #3

  6. that embroidery is so gorgeous!! you are so talented. Hope the dentist isn't too bad... Helen #2

  7. Beautiful embroidery! That must be hard to do with arthritis. Why don't you have your wisdom teeth removed? Or at least that one. It might help the rest of your teeth as well. Anyway, hope you feel better soon, Thanks for sharing, Lindart #39

  8. The embroidery is looking wonderful. Love the stitches. Glad your health is doing better. Sorry about the wisdom tooth. Hopefully if it does have to come out won't be too bad.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #38

  9. I am looking forward to your slide show. Good luck with that tooth. I've had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed. Not fun, but better than the pain. :-)
    April #35

  10. Gosh you are so talented im so impressed. I do hope you get things sorted lovely.
    Lynn 5 xx

  11. Such beautiful embroidery! loving the vibrant colours too.

    I hope your pain lessens soon.. I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed just before I turned 16.. and I still remember the pain from before they were taken out.. sometimes the pain now will relieve WAY MORE pain later.

    Have a great week,
    Erika (#33 not9 lol)

  12. I am trying to visit everyone that's visited me but the connection is awful here so will have to be quick. Have a great week and happy woyww, Angela x 14

  13. Beautiful creations! Sez x #51


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