Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Eye Doctors

I have to go to the eye doctors today, and while I appreciate having the ability to be able to have my eye health and well being attended to, I can't seem to shake my frustration at knowing I have to receive those damn drops. I am of course referring to the eye drops that make your pupils enlarge to the same degree as if you were in the depths of an under ground cavern, where it would be so dark, you would be unable to see your own hand in front of your face.


Ohhh, I despise those drops! I am extremely sensitive to them, and it can take a good 12 hours for the effects to fully wear off. In the meantime, My close up vision will be all blurry, so no artwork for me today, and any light is rather uncomfortable, (and of course it is a glorious sunny day outside.) But this all is a very small price to pay for maintaining healthy vision, and for that I am willing to do almost anything. But I have to ask, why do they always wait until my eyesight is super-duper blurrified from the drops, to tell me that I may now go and select a new pair of frames?

Above is a small illustration piece I did a few years ago. It is free motion embroidered onto a piece of stabilizer. Free motion embroidery is when you set your machine stitch to 0, drop your feed dogs, and use a darning foot. By doing this you are able to move your fabric anyway you wish, giving you complete control, thus allowing you to effectively draw with your thread, (which I used a lot of!) and needle. Some day I hope to do some more of these, but it takes lots of concentration, which I seem to have an increasingly hard time sustaining!

15 comments:

Fog and Thistle said...

My goodness, I thought that was painted. I can't believe you stitched that. I am completely in awe.

Hope you take it easy today, sit in a darkened room with some relaxing music and meditate on pleasant thoughts and ideas.

Amy C said...

Wow that's a totally amazing & incredible piece, I have always wanted to have a go at that free motion thingy, but never had the guts.
Good luck picking out those frames:)

Cicada Studio said...

Those eye drops are completely frustrating, so I hear ya.

You're obviously lying when you say this is stitched. With a machine. Freehand.

WOW!

BumbleVee said...

ohhhhh... wow...that is amazing ... I have not done any more than a few lines of free motion stuff... and don't think I was doing it right. I hadn't heard the bit about stitch length 0 either... some day I will try it again....but there just seems so much to do all the time.

And, today.. a friend is coming to give me a lesson on how to make creme brule .....

blazedanielle said...

Oh my goodness! This piece is gorgeous! YOu are so totally inspiring and talented!! I am very impressed!

As for your eyes... I am sorry! :( Maybe this is a perfect excuse to buy a much wanted cd, and spend the day listening to it!!

kelly said...

Good luck at the eye doctor -- I also hate those drops. They make my eyes feel like there's *fur* on them. Blech.

Meanwhile, that piece is incredible -- you never cease to amaze me with your work!

Alison said...

WOW! You have so much talent!!! I hope your eye appointment went well.

Tizzalicious said...

Iiie, good luck with that!

Rosebud Collection said...

That picture is beautiful and I have never heard of that type art..Just something else..Hope your eyes are better from the drops..I can't stand them either.

High Desert Diva said...

I was thinking someone did a lot of embroidery...can't believe that was done with a machine. Holy moly is that ever impressive!

Hope your eyes are back to normal soon (blasted drops!)

knittydirtygirl said...

wink wink wink

Get out of here with that embroidery! You have mad skills.

T said...

That is absolutely incredible. I am Speechless! ...... !!!!

Mrs.French said...

I hope your eyes don't suffer too much. Amazing illustration...I am humbled by your talent.

Jackie said...

That is amazing. No wonder you need eye drops!

Hey Harriet said...

That's amazing artwork! Wow, free motion embroidery is something I've never heard of. You are one super talented artist that's for sure!

Eye drops are very sucky, but I hope things go ok.