A Bower of Bears

Not only did the world not end, I finished the bears. Well, almost. I think I will rework a couple of small areas, and I still need to sign it. But I stretched it on the frame so I could assess it as a whole for the first time. Up until now, I had only been able to view it spread out on the bed, which gave me a skewed perspective.

Last night, I was working on it until the power went out. (The inverter gets shut off around 10 p.m. as my landlords have sensitivity to electro-magnetic fields.) I was on the last little clump of leaves, so I put on my Pezl headlamp and finished it by LED. To be true to Louis Nicolas, I suppose I should have done it by candlelight!

I'm not sure how I feel about it at this point. I was in love with it while stitching, but now I need some distance. I'll live with it lurking in the background while I devour Hand Stitch, Perspectives, which arrived today from England. It looks fabulous - juicy and meaty and really smart.


  1. it looks great, beautiful in fact. I understand about needing the distance; I've checked out the book, hmm maybe a christmas present to self. Health & happiness to you and Gracie.

  2. Congratulations, Heather. I wish I could see this piece in person, I love the contrast between the strong 'wild' bears and the delicate bramble wreath.

  3. I think your bears are wonderful, Heather! Leave them to marinate for awhile and go read your new book. It sounds like it's right up your alley!

  4. I have that book. I too look forward to really reading it - so far just have skimmed and read the introduction. It is as you say, very smart and meaty. Yay.

    Your bears are beautiful. That's a fact.

  5. Anonymous6:14 AM

    To quote Sufjan Stevens, sometimes words are "futile devices". Your bears and sinuous blackberry vines speak for themselves. Beautiful work. Congratulations.



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