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Off to Syracuse in the morning!





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While I was there I visited.

I hope you take a few minutes to read this HERE
 

It's about John Cummings, (right) and the Whitney Plantation Slavery Museum, the FIRST in the United States.  There are African American museums where there is a section devoted to slavery, but NO museum is dedicated solely to the horrific history of slavery in this country, to 245 years of it. Slavery existed in the United States longer than the existence of this country as an independent nation.  
Shiri and I visited the museum while in New Orleans.  It's about an hour outside the city, one of many other plantations, except this one does not tell the story of the lovely, tranquil, mint julep drinking times.  This plantation tells what really went on.  We met John Cummings while on our visit.  An inspirational man with a simple message: "Get involved".  

From the article in the NYT:  
“Challenge me, fight me on it,” he said. “I’ve been asked all the questions. About white guilt this and that. About the honky trying to profit off of slavery. But here’s the thing: Don’t you think the story of slavery is important?” With that, Cummings went silent, something he does with unsettling frequency in conversation. “Well, I checked into it, and I heard you weren’t telling it,” he finally resumed, “so I figured I might as well get started".

It was certainly one of the highlights of our visit.  If you are in the area, make a point of visiting. Here is the website: www.whitneyplantation.com



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Another gem, quite charming.

Stephanie Clark is a thread wizard, a needle painter.  How delightful is her work?
Check her out here.























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Big Easy! Here I come!


My birthday gift from my wonderful daughter, Shiri! We will rendezvous in New Orleans and spend 4 days together, just the two of us, with great music, good food and the best company! Can one be envious of oneself?!

Keep sending me your website advice along with recommended websites, (doesn't have to be needlepoint).

Back soon!
xo Orna

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If you were designing a Needlepoint Website you would...


Some of you may remember that unfortunate episode I had with a BAD, BAD web designer? As I have found out many times in my life, good things can happen as a result of setbacks.  (Believing things will work out is good as well!)  I turned to a different source and found an excellent web designer! I'm not going to tell you too much about him, I want you to hear from him directly when my site is up, but I will say... what a pleasure!!
We are working on the Product pages.  What do we show, what do we tell, and how do we show and tell it?  We have come up with a solid basic plan but I would like to get your input, if you don't mind...  What do you want to see when you browse a needlepoint website in search of your next project?


  • How do you like to have designs presented? 
  • What information do you want to have available? (i.e., so you don't have to email the designer asking how big is the piece, what canvas is it stitched on, etc.?)
  •  If the design has multiple colorways, what do you want to see?
  • Do you like options? With kit, without kit, with stretcher bars or canvas, without?
  • Do you want to be able to browse on your phone device? 
If you had to choose a website that answers your needs, can you share which site it would be? (Doesn't have to be a needlepoint site).







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Fascinating anatomy.

Take a look at this discussion on preemptive surgery for women predisposed to ovarian cancer. Maricormaricar, twin artists and stitchers, illustrate the article with embroidery. Beautiful, informative and thought provoking.  Take a look here.

Maricormaricar
More of there work is exquisite, check it out here.



There are other creative embroidery artists who illustrate, Andrea Dezso -
Heart Embroidery



Ash Cornish with her brain illustrations - 





and then there is Sam P. Gibson

eye-7

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On the tiniest scale.

I think I have made my case regarding my love for miniatures, (for example HERE and HERE).
Another group of miniatures, this time paintings -

From Turkish artist Hasan Kale:






and then there is Lorraine Loots.  Exquisite artistry -





I'm so taken by these works of art that my fingers are itching to get back to some work on 40 count silk gauze.
Have you created anything on a very small scale? Send me photos!
xo
Orna

PS - I've updated my previous post with web addresses for all the talented artists whose work I showed. My apologies for not having the links in last time, bad girl Orna!

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SPRING - UPDATE

Sorry about not including the links to the photos below!!  You can check out the originals using the links under the images.
xo
Orna

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Monicaj

https://www.etsy.com/listing/153039125/diy-crafts-real-dried-aqua-blue-weevil
https://www.pinterest.com/explore/bridal-bouquet-coral/
https://www.etsy.com/listing/67959007/daisy-summer-felt-flower?ref=tre-2723298105-1

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Monicaj
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ADORNBYORNA?ref=hdr_shop_menu


https://www.etsy.com/shop/heidibears

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216973564/large-vintage-crewel-flower-embroidery?ref=unav_listing-other

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Percee
https://www.etsy.com/listing/212307901/crochet-flower-applique-8pcs-in-blue-and?ref=unav_listing-other

http://angospsicologia.com/archive/201501

My doodle drawer

https://www.etsy.com/shop/irregularexpressions
https://www.etsy.com/shop/emilypeacocktapestry
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnaLela?section_id=10442236


https://www.etsy.com/listing/158352741/vintage-coasters-flowers-needlepoint


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