It seems like forever since my last crafty blog post! Such a shame. It's all right 'cause I'm here now and I'm sticking it to ya! I'm not sure what it says about my state-of-mind, but I'm being pulled towards creating with needles which have sharper points than those used for knitting. And for some reason, needlework techniques that left me baffled for years are suddenly making a great deal of sense to me. So I'm totally grabbing a hold of that thread of hope and running with it!
As were the last couple of months leading up to 2014, the new year started out as — and has continued to be — a clusterf**k. Therefore, I really needed to get out of the creative stalemate in order to change things around. And it's not even as if I'm at a loss for ideas! In fact, it's just the opposite: I have so many swirling through my head, I didn't know which one to go with first! This isn't a new problem and in order for me to start something, I have to start somewhere, anywhere, because art inspires more art.
The projects I have planned in my head takes patience and a bit of precision (as if the perfectionist in me would have it any other way!). So I decided on something I love, yet rarely ever take the time to do: embroidery. Every time I do embroidery, I want to kick myself in the butt for not doing it more often. I called myself out on the excuse as to why I hardly ever embroider, though: I know just the running stitch and back-stitch. Then a few nights ago I was eager to learn more, but I didn't want to take the time to iron on a transfer. And even though the thought of practicing random stitches for a sampler bored me, that's what I was preparing to do when the "Flower Power" fabric caught my eye!
The print with all its design elements is perfect for practicing particular stitches! The daisies are ideal for the Lazy Daisy and French Knots, and the long, flowing hair is fantastic for the Stem Stitch. And I see about four more spots for different stitches.
The Lazy Daisy stitch has several variations, but they all pretty much work up the same way. My favorite has the needle coming up from the center of the flower. Wendy Gratz has an excellent YouTube lesson on that here. Her tip on French Knots made me do one correctly on the first try! Been trying for-ev-er and always failed. The Stem Stitch seems to have a gazillion differing tutorials. I tried a few that ended up looking like a mess. The one I like so far is shown in this YouTube video by Mary Corbet, specifically the sewing method.
Here's hoping the flower power helps with more ideas in my head get rooted in reality!