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Losing Stitching Time To Sleep

Sunday. The one day of the week we deliberately slow down, put aside some time for slow stitching and quiet thoughts. It’s a lazy day for some, resting after a busy week, de-stressing.

My body de-stresses in the most inconvenient way possible and it takes no heed of my head and the things I want to get done. It sleeps for too long, 12 hour stretches or more. This might be ok if I could get to sleep by 10pm, but no, it’s more likely to be between 1 and 2 am. Invariably I wake up with a ‘dehydration headache’, and if not a fury then a deep irritation that I can’t shake off for the rest of the day. Losing an entire morning is, ironically, as stressful as the stress that makes me sleep in the first place.

I woke up at 1.30 this afternoon.

Time, life, slips by. Let it go. I’ll find it again in my Sunday stitches.

Plain Sewing Circles

Plain Sewing, a quilt top in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Making patches for Plain Sewing. A reverse patch with reverse fabric and a reverse circle for needle turn appliqué

Plain Sewing Collages

Making a collage from stitched book pages and fabric. (The book is a 1940s needlework book). © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

I’m working on a series of collage artworks alongside my Plain Sewing quilt top. Slow stitching is a big feature.

Making a collage from stitched book pages and fabric. (The book is a 1940s needlework book). © Stephanie Boon, 2017. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

The collage progresses. The black fabric and the transparent fabric are scraps from a childhood dress and the linen on the right is from one of Kim’s dad’s old suits. The book pages are from an old 1940s needlework book my mum gave me.

I’m linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching today. Kathy’s started a new project this week, taking one slow, steady stitch a day every day for a year. A reminder perhaps that if you look back over a long enough journey you’ll find you’ve moved forward more than you think.

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

 

 

10 replies
  1. Karen Goad
    Karen Goad says:

    I haven’t slept that late in the day in I don’t know when – I would probably be so startled to know I slept so late it would destroy my day as well. Normally to sleep by 11 and awake by 6 or 7

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh Karen I’m so far behind in replying, but I really do appreciate your comment. Gosh I envy you being awake by 6-7. I’m going to try really hard to bring my bedtime forward…she says, writing this at precisely 1:06 am!!! I think waking earlier and exercising before the day really begins would give me energy and set me up for the rest of the day, but at the moment I just can’t get to sleep early enough. I’ll keep trying though. Have you always been an early riser?

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  2. Ann
    Ann says:

    I hate getting out my rhythm, too. Formerly I woke up early but seem to sleep later these days. Or I’ll get up quite early, work several hours then go back to bed. I’d rather stay up during daylight.
    Your collages are charming. Lots of detail; great mix of your talents. I believe they would sell well.
    Thanks again for sending me some to enjoy.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      It’s ironic that I need the melatonin and yet I sleep through so much daylight! Getting out of rhythm makes it difficult to get back to an earlier bedtime – I think I’m a night owl at heart, but it’s infuriating.

      And it was a pleasure to send you some blocks Ann. I hope you can use them for something – and if you’d like any more just say the word, I love to give things like this. It warms my heart to know something I’ve made is truly appreciated. And of course, thank you for your kindness too xx

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  3. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    Wow – 12hrs at a stretch! Due to a little tuxedo cat who likes an early start to her day I am up by 6.00am. Not by choice I hasten to add.
    Like Ann I try and avoid sleeping during the day, even if I’ve had a tricky night, because then I end up in just the same situation you find yourself in.
    On to your collage, I love it, especially the inclusion of paper and clothing with memories.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh Maureen, I’m with you on avoiding sleep during the day. When I’m well I need about half that amount, although still not a very early riser – just a late to bedder! I’m pretty devastated that my purring alarm clock isn’t allowed to live here with us. All cats seem very good at waking you up when they want feeding! Thank you for your lovely comments about the collage. x

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Hi Kathy! I can’t imagine what shift-work does to your sleep patterns, sadly I know what worry does and I hope you haven’t got too much of it at the moment. I’m ‘lucky’ and went through menopause early (started at 38, so it’s well and truly gone now) and I sympathise with the rotten night-sweats and sleeping on towels that still soak through to the mattress, yuk! But when you finally come out the other side it’s honestly a wonderful feeling of freedom. And yes, we stitch our way through it all. It’s literally a life saver 🙂

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  4. Ronni
    Ronni says:

    You are stitching a book- sew cool!
    Design decisions wear you out. It is real work, and more stress than people give you credit for. I too tend to nap more when starting a big project.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Hello Ronni 🙂 I think even quilters need power naps, haha! I do love working on ideas though, when things are flowing time just disappears. It feels like being in a different world. Which is a bit of relief considering the one we live in!

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