yearly wrap-ups

2014: The Turning Point, Part Two

I began 2014 in an upward spiral of creativity. With my tendinitis and back pain much improved, my mind turned again to tapestry. I was having a great time weaving and sewing these fabric pieces, inspired and mentored from afar by Jude Hill. I am still sewing these because they are fun and portable. However, I have not yet decided what to do with them. For now, they are enough just being what they are.

In February I enjoyed this hike to Ridges Mountain Nature Preserve near Asheboro, and the kittens, of course.

In March, I enjoyed a two-day felting/bookmaking workshop with
Chad Alice Hagan, an artist who I’ve wanted to play with for a long time, right here around the corner from my house, thanks to Victoria Clegg and Rosser Tilley.

Elizabeth Lanier starts a group that will transform into the Central Carolina Fiber Guild.

I also nearly finish the Affinity scroll, which India Flint includes in her book about her students.

Gardening becomes my focus in April. But just a week after Mama wins the People’s Choice award in an art show in Lumberton, she gets mysteriously and gravely ill.

We cancel our vacation to Cahokia and go to Lake Waccamaw instead, and bring Mama back to Marietta from the rehab facility and Lisa’s house. She seems to be recovering well and begins living independently again. I realize that we need to get moving on adding the second bathroom in case she needs to come stay with us some, so I start gathering estimates.

Mama gets sick again and returns to the hospital. This time it seems under control and they place a drain tube on the fluid around her kidney. I leave for a week-long indigo dyeing workshop five hours away in Gatlinburg, Tennessee after Mama assures me that she will be okay until I get back. The next morning, I get the call from my sister. Mama died of a quick heart attack, and her last words to the nurse are “I hope you have a good life.” She certainly had a great full life.

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