I’ve been holding off starting to work on a second suffragette portrait for several reasons. First, the photo of Alice Paul I had been thinking of using just didn’t seem to be quite right for this project.

Alice Paul

Alice Paul

I certainly think it’d make for a good portrait, it just seems to be lacking in oomph.

And second, I’d signed up for an embroidery class (taking some sort of class has been on my list of things I want to do for a while now) that was scheduled to start next week. It was going to cover creating embroideries from photographic images. However, as there weren’t enough people enrolled (I was the first and quite possibly the only one signed up), the class was cancelled. Would I have learned a new technique or two? I can’t say, but I’d have loved to find out.

I was pretty bummed when I got the official cancellation email this morning. I have decided though not to linger on my disappointment. Just the other day, I picked up a few books on the suffrage movement at the library. One — Jailed for Freedom — I had started on my nook, but the free ebook is riddled with OCR errors and made it difficult to read. A hard copy is much easier. The other — One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement — is a book of essays that was right next to Jailed for Freedom on the shelf and I figured why not. As luck would have it, as I was flipping through One Woman, One Vote, I came across what I think is the perfect photo for me to use of Alice Paul. I haven’t been able to find a digitized copy of the photo — either at the Library of Congress (my usual source), or at the Smithsonian archives, but I think my scanner will do the trick. I like it when things seem to fall into my lap. It makes me feel like they were meant to be. 

The prospect of the class, which was entitled “Embroidering Life Stories”, also got me thinking about some of my favorite old family photos and about my experiments with transfers to fabric. There’s a good chance something along those lines will come next. Eventually. I’ve had some good brainstorms while riding the commuter bus to and from the office and have scribbled down lots of notes.

It feels good to be excited about things.

5 Responses to Making Lemonade

  • What a shame about the class! I guess I understand, but I’d always be tempted to give the class anyway, because it seems so unfair to the person / people who did sign up! I hope you find another good one soon. In the meantime, sounds like you had an awesome kismet-y inspiration day. 🙂

    • I might try again if it’s offered during another session. When I did the math, if I was the only student, it worked out to just $12/hour for the instructor. So definitely understandable.

  • You might try contacting the teacher/store to ask about a private lesson! One on one you likely wouldn’t need as much time and perhaps a fair price could be agreed to. It sounds like a cool thing to learn!

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