Hi! I hope that you are surviving December and all of its potential craziness 😎. I'm trying to stay Zen but it's not easy! Something that does help is embroidery and other slow stitching projects. Here is an ongoing project.
Creating my own Off the Grid Sampler
This sampler comes from a September class with Sue Stone from TextileArtist.org It's taken me a while to get going but now I'm enjoying it a lot and looking forward to trying out stitches.
|Off the Grid Sampler...so far|
I'm using two layers of fabric for the embroidery. The top is a Kona cotton and the bottom is a very light cotton that I've used for backing various slow-stitching projects. I've numbered the different shapes in the pattern so that I can keep track of what stitches I've used.
|Pattern and numbering to keep track of stitches|
Here are a few pictures at various stages. I won't be listing every combination here unless it's something particularly interesting.
|French Knots within a border (section 16). |
I'm still working on the border part.
My two furry helpers
|Twix is always happy to pose for a picture.|
|Taffy taking a nap on the sampler|
What I learned
- I was hoping to make a lovely colour-coordinated sampler but I soon gave up and am using a variety of interesting threads without being too concerned with colour. It's going to be a scrappy sampler 😊.
- When I was at my brother's place, he saw my embroidery floss, left the room and then came back with a plastic bin. It contains my niece's friendship bracelet supplies which I've now inherited. (Thanks Anna!) There is some wonderful embroidery floss in there and a few interesting beads and buttons.
- There was also a whole bunch of friendship bracelets that she made. I had a few of her bracelets and now with these new ones, I really want to make a "collaborative" piece. I will also include some of my daughter's bracelets. So many ideas 😉
- I'm enjoying trying out combinations of stitches on this sampler. The fun part is that if it doesn't really work the first time, I can use different threads to try again.
- My motto for this sampler is: It might not be pretty but it will be useful!
- I was happy to try out some stitch combinations from memory. I wasn't of the name but checked them out in my trusty Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery by Sharon Baggon.
- The stitches I started in section 31 are buttonhole or blanket stiches but they are not going in the direction that I want them to. Unless it's really horrible, I'm not going to undo stitching, I'm just going to work around them.😊(that's the Zen part!)
- Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery by Sharon Baggon
- Sue Stone's website