Tag Archives: Jude Stuecker

Smorgasbord Saturday (in bits of red)

This Saturday I:

Spent a few minutes repairing my childhood Raggedy Ann doll for Felix to play with.

While fixing up her little foot, I realized that I couldn’t remember much about Raggedy Ann.

This is what I found on Wikipedia:

[Johnny] Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him an old hand-made rag doll and he drew a face on it. From his bookshelf, he pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, and combined the names of two poems, “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphan Annie.” He said, “Why don’t we call her Raggedy Ann?”

Marcella died at age 13 after being vaccinated at school for smallpox without her parents’ consent. Authorities blamed a heart defect, but her parents blamed the vaccination. Gruelle became an opponent of vaccination, and the Raggedy Ann doll was used as a symbol by the anti-vaccination movement.

I so love that she was named after two poems combined and had no idea that she was the symbol of the Anti-Vaccination Movement.

Wrote Jude a letter.

and inspired by SouleMama’s recent bit of yellow, I attempted making my first tote using this Sew Mama Sew! tutorial.

My stitching isn’t as straight as I’d like it to be, and I feel like the bag needs a little something more on the pocket, but altogether I am pleased with my first tote!

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From Letters to Words

I think I have the luckiest mailbox.

My dear friend Jude writes the most wonderful letters. I’m giddy every time I get one! Jude Stuecker is a fiber artist whom I met at Penland in North Carolina where we were both Studio Assistants during an 8 week Spring Concentration. She made a beautiful quilt for Felix that lives on the red recliner. Jude is currently in the middle of her busy summer show and festival season.

Also this week I received post cards from ever talented writer and poet Claudia Manz. Claudia changed my perspective on poetry completely. I met her during a month long fellowship/ residency at Jentel in Wyoming. Prior to that I just didn’t “get” most poems, didn’t really know how to think about them and in turn took the unfortunate stance that I just didn’t really like poetry.  After hearing Claudia share some of her favorite works as well as watch her work and listen to her read, I found a whole new appreciation and enjoyment for poetry altogether.

Claudia sent two poems from Portland.