Today was one of those occasional days – a far too rare occurrence -where I Got Stuff Done. I managed to wrap up my two ongoing projects.
First, I framed “Who Killed Pedro?” Having taken the photos, I now want to tweak the slightly wonky mounting job but it is an easy fix. Completing a composition like this has made me want to stretch myself a little more. I have a handful of much loved photos taken since we moved to Italy and I am thinking about trying to embroider some of them.
I also completed my “scribble embroidery” experiment. I am so pleased I persisted with this. Firstly, I love the contrast of the satin floss lettering against the multi coloured, multi textured background. Secondly, I wasn’t convinced that this project was going to work even when I was more than three-quarters finished. It was only after I started to add the satin stitch did it all start coming together for me.
This project has got me thinking a lot. I am wondering if it would be a nice way to teach simple stitches. You don’t need to worry so much about where to place the stitches but focus more on practicing technique and there is plenty of colour play. I have a friend whose daughter has shown a great interest and considerable aptitude for embroidery, so I am going to encourage her to try working a simpler version of this piece of work. I will let you know how I get on.
All in all, a good days work!
I wanted to say thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on this post. I do apologise for not responding to all – sadly a broken iPad has put me out of circulation recently. All is sorted now so I will be replying very soon! I just wrote a few things that sprang to mind at the time and I wish I had written a little more. I will return to the topic in another post. For now, I think social media can give you a lot of interesting insights into how others see the work you create. At the same time it is important not to allow the reaction of others to be your only arbiter. Pushing yourself and experimentation is really important too.
Speaking of which, I am all out of works in progress. I need to get on and start something new…..what will it be this time?!