Obsessing over Handwork
I have always loved handwork.
It's portable and requires very few materials.
I made this embroidery project in '70's.
I've also created a lot of projects with needlepoint and cross stitch. I still have a very large ufo cross stitch which I call my Eternity Project because that is how long it will take me to finish it. Especially since it has been a few years since I've stitched anything. I seem to have some sort of nerve damage in my hands and stitching can be painful. However every time I see stitching like this or this or this I go crazy and I want to stitch!!! Let's couple that with the fact that volleyball season has hit and I will be sitting in the stands watching games two or three times a week not to mention a few all day tournaments. I really need something to do in-between games. Last weekend I decided to pull out the needle and thread and try something simple.
I quilted the piece with perl cotton and then meandered with a simple chain stitch and threw in a few lazy daisies to create an art journal cover.
I was excited that my hands didn't give me too many fits and so I moved on to another piece. I was at an all day tournament so I had plenty of time.
I drew a flower onto the black fabric with a chalk pencil and traced it with a back stitch and threw in some french knots and a chain circle for the center.
I really love the way this one turned out.
The simple quilt lines on the back and front are all done with the same variegated perl cotton I used in the embroidery. I'm so excited by the results that I need to piece together more journal covers and make sure I always have one with me for down time.
My biggest problem now is that I don't remember how to do other stitches besides the ones above. I need to refresh my memory and learn more stitches. I know there are a lot of tutorials on the web as well as great books on embroidery stitches. Does anyone have any great suggestions of where I can learn more stitches? Please feel free to share them with me in the comments section.