Al Dente

Throw it and see if it sticks!

Not much happening by hand, but a lot of “research” has been on the table. I ordered a copy of a very old illustrated anatomy book “De Humani Corporis Fabrica/The Fabric of the Human Body” (much abridged and less annotated, as the actual book reprinted costs $1650US………..) Vesalius didn’t get it all right (dog parts anyone?), but my own copy fits the bill for inspiration. I do still love body parts in my own work 🙂

I found out about this book from an episode of either “Criminal Minds”, or  “Cardinal” or something similar! Some serial killer had it on his coffee table…and that’s where i keep most of mine while perusing them 🙂

I also signed a great WHACK of textiles design books out of the library, not how to’s, but histories and pattern bases focusing on yardage. Intriguing how design in this field changes, re-occurs, cycles and reflects.

Since i am now dealing with heart issues (mild to moderate damage, so FIXABLE), i have returned to that part of the ol’ bag of bones, squidgy bits and blood we all wear. Inspired by the “electrical current” of the heart, i’ve also been painting and drawing and note making about this:

A very liberal depiction, but adequate for the task. More accurate below, though of course with science and art, there’s never a way to actually capture electricity naturally moving through a body!

Different treatments:

It may be that none of these specifically will make it to cloth, but that black and red combo is really speaking to me again. (I keep remembering Raggedy Black Heart, and red used to feature quite often in my work, pre hand stitch obsession.) I have huge yardages of both in cotton, and have to venture into the back room to dig them out. I have 11tybajillion ideas, but know i am going to be sidetracked, (have in mind some functional objects as well) and that’s okay. I need to be doing something, and that’s all that counts. Maybe the art is there.


I had my Thalium heart test yesterday, and am keeping my hoofies crossed that the “mild to moderate damage” is more to the MILD side. I’m also giving a round of gold stars and hero biscuits to the tech who could actually find my vein for the IV without butchering my arm ( my veins really really hide but we discovered Left Arm is more co-operative..), the one who cheered me on at the treadmill and took graciously my blurted “well, fuck you” when she said she’d had *her* morning coffee (i’d had none since 630AM the day before, woe is me), the nuke crew member who got the thalium into the IV without me even noticing (!), and the one running the MRI who chortled when i screeched “WHAT?” when the machine told me to stop breathing. I don’t feel quite “normal” this morning, but given that up to a month after, you have to show paperwork that says what was done to you if you are travelling–don’t want to set off those security checks with radioactivity!—-i don’t feel too bad. The only visible sign of anything happening is the bruises on both arms from the blood pressure bands–kept telling them THAT hurt more than the IV! (Apparently Right Arm is the one that can have the dystolic heard!)

Obviously there are going to be some major life style changes made because of all this. I’m not a sloth, but neither have i been a cheetah!

10 responses to “Al Dente

  1. Crossing my fingers that the damage is mild and you will be bouncing along with all of us in old age. I have veins like you do. I actually have a scar at the one spot where they can find a viable vein in my left arm (right arm apparently has none). A tech told me a long time ago about an elderly man who had been going through chemo and the like. He was tired of techs arguing with him about where a viable vein was. So he had a tattoo of Tweetie Bird put so that the point of the bill pointed to the sweet spot. Keep us posted and know that we are all rooting for you. (I glowed after thyroid nuke tests.)

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  2. Oh no coffee? Hopefully the caffeine has been topped up again.
    My mother, who was as tough as anyone, almost cried when someone used one of those automated cuffs on her for her blood pressure so ever after I demanded they went and got one they could control or leave her alone . . . she was 96 with no problems other than that.


    • Gallons 🙂

      Seriously, i have never been SO pinched and squished as with that automated one, hurt like bloody hell! (Worse than a Mammogram!!!!!!)


  3. hope the fix is coming and that you’ll be well. It’s so amazing how this health issue echoes so literally a major and recurring motif in your stitching. (PS I had a heart scare and had a bunch of tests in September. I understand the fear factor here. Turns out in my case to’ve been testing anomalies, but gave me plenty of time to think the worst).


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