I am not sure why I did this, but this week I decided to join a FB group for embroidery. When I asked the ladies at the local food pantry I volunteer at if I should join a group reading a book a week for 2017 or embroidering daily for the new year, they said “Sew!”
This is a great excuse to add to my hobby list….I currently have a sewing machine in my dining room, jewelry making components spread throughout the house, and also have a family to get through the day. Call me crazy!
I have always enjoyed cross stitch and working on linen, but I have not seriously embroidered since college, and I have never done it without a pattern or chart. This will be a chance for me to explore my own creativity and think outside the box. I plan to take pictures and describe my materials throughout this process. Hopefully having this blog will keep me accountable.
Jumping off point:
I started out by selecting fabric for this project. I have plenty of material lying around, but I have some leftover linen I used for a long past elementary school costume. After cutting off a piece, I ironed it and placed in a brand new hoop! Most of my fibers and supplies will come from over 30 years of crafting.
Fiber: The Thread Gatherer Hand Dyed Silk in Autumn Foliage, using 4 ply
Fiber: Hand dyed cotton from mixed bag purchased from local needlework shop in Green, using 3 ply
Fiber: Simply Shaker Sampler Thread from The Gentle Art in Green Apple, using 3 ply
Fiber: Hand dyed cotton from mixed bag purchased from local needlework shop in light Blue, using 3 ply
Fiber: Weeks Dye Works hand dyed cotton floss in Onyx, using 3 ply
Stitch: Adding embellishments, no specific stitch
Fiber: Balger Blending Filament in Cable, Gold and Christopher Metallic in a pearl white (over 20 years old, label unclear)
Additional accents: CzechMates QuadraLentil in Matte Metallic Flax and Crystal AB (used for beading)
Stitch: Fly, adding additional embellishments
Fiber: Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art in Burnt Orange, using 2 ply, and Christopher Metallic in a pearl white (over 20 years old, label unclear)
Additional accents: Toho 15/0 seed beads in Silver Lined Crystal (used for beading)
Week One Summary:
I decided to make a day and night scene after I had completed two rows of chain stitch. The rows reminded me of earth and grass, so after that, day and night seemed to flow. I tried to make birds and stars in the day and night sky after adding the sun and moon. I realized after about four days, I will likely need a second hoop, since I now realize that 365 days of stitches will take up a lot of room unless I scale back. Here is the completed week one.
Please let me know if you have any questions, I will try my best to respond.