I did a little more work on the applique since I posted about it last. I stopped working on it about three weeks ago. I ran out of ideas and don't know what else to do to it. I know it's not done, but that's all I know. I started putting running stitches in it. I think that anyone who took one of Jude Hill's classes would tell me I've got it completely wrong. I'm not trying to do slow cloth or copy her, but I'm terribly inspired, for better or worse. Here's where it stalled. Sorry the color and contrast came out badly in these pictures. You can see what I was trying to do. My I touch has a handy camera, but it takes bad pictures.
I'm noticing that I did more work on it after I took these pictures. These are enough to give you an idea. I like it. I'll try and take more with my real camera soon.
I've been reading a lot these days. I read Lady Audley's Secret, a crime melodrama from 1861. It was well written and very suspenseful. Hoo boy, did she ever have a secret. She had a few of them. I kept seeing it as a noir film with Lana Turner in a hoop skirt. She did those deadly manipulative blonds like nobody else. Mary Elizabeth Braddon wrote a stack of them, and I can't wait to find another. I got it for free for my kindle from Amazon.
I love to buy books from the early 1900's from antique stores. There are a lot of them still around, and some of them are very good. They usually have an illustration of a young lady on a garden bench looking away coyly, while a handsome young man in a tall collar holds her hand and whispers to her. If you ever see a book with that as the frontispiece, get it and read it. It will be fun.
A good source of old free novels from this time is Project Gutenberg. They have several by Harold Bell Wright, a favorite writer of mine who was popular in the teens. He wrote The Eyes of the World, and The Sheperd of the Hills. I've read The Eyes of the World twice. I love it for it's morality tale, but mostly because he set it in the San Bernardino Mountains and Redlands. He described it all perfectly. He believed in the healing power of nature, which is a lovely thing.
I read a so so murder mystery by Anna Katherine Green. She was also writing in the early 1900's. She was one of the first women mystery writers, and that made me curious. I read the Mystery of the Hasty Arrow. It was a well constructed mystery, but sentimental and very melodramatic. I guessed some of it and didn't guess the rest. Her writing voice reminds me of the middle aged society matrons in 1930's movies. I can see Margret Dumont from the Marx Brother's movies playing a part in this book somewhere. I think she was writing for those ladies.
I just finished another good one from 1910. The Wild Olive by Basil King. This had a mystery in it, but tht wasn't the focus. He was more interested in his character's growth, and the way the world works. His characters grew and changed and came to understand things in their lives in good ways. It was well written, sophisticated, and I'd read another one of his any time. The Project Gutenberg ebook has an illustration.
That's all for me for now. I need to get the dinner going before Tom comes home.