I have been doing embroidery now for almost 20 years but I still consider myself a beginner. I never seem to have enough time for all the things I want to do and there's always so much more to learn. I'm doing some really chunky stitching at the moment -- running stitch using button thread onto a checkerboard denim background, recycled from two old pairs of jeans. I'm looking forward to getting back to something more delicate.
Hi Monica, that sounds interesting, can you post it up when you've finished so I can see it ? It's nice to try different ideas ! I've got about three projects on the go at the moment but cant wait to finish them so that I can start another new project ! I'm from Kenilworth in warwickshire uk......where are you from ?
I do a bit of card making as well but have lost my mojo for that at the moment ! I'm retired now so I have lots of time to be creative and I love it ! Thanks Monica for talking, I was beginning to think that I was on my own !
I will post photos when I eventually finish it. I've done another piece in the same denim checkerboard but I machine-stitched that one diagonally across the squares. It didn't take long to do and the squares puckered in the middle in a way that I really like. I plan to make both pieces into cushions but the hand sewing is taking ages. I'm slow at handstitching but also it takes quite an effort to push the needle through the layers of denim, wadding and backing and I don't have a lot of strength in my thumbs/pinch grip. However, I've finished 3/4 so I will get there.
I live in Canberra, Australia. I'm a failed retiree but have managed to cut my work back to 15 hours a week. And I was very proud of myself earlier this week when I turned down some work for next year. It was tutoring a subject I've done previously but I find tutoring is quite draining, although I did say I'd help out if they were stuck.
I like doing textile work that is layered and textural, although I'm really struggling to find my direction at the moment. I don't see it as a career, in the sense of needing to sell my work or teach, but I'm unsure of what I want to do and what I'll do with the finished products. In some ways, it was easier when I was working full-time and doing a bit of embroidery and knitting in my spare time.
Hi Monica, I'm sure you'll finish it.......cant wait to see your hard work ! I've just started a crewel embroidery,
ITS AN Elsa Williams entitled 'Bluebird of happiness' kit and it is gorgeous. I get such a buzz doing it, I love crewel work ! Are you into photography at all....... My husband has started a photo blog and we went to a forest yesterday
to take some photos and found the most wonderful bright red fungi, which he has put on his blog.......they are amazing ! I can give you the name of his blog if you are interested........if not dont worry, its not everyone's cup of tea ! Well Monica, time to get some housework done, would love to chat again.......Hugs chris xx
Christina... welcome to SF, your embroideries are beautiful... I checked out your husbands blog (through your blog) spectacular photography... I love the fungi, wish I could create an emboidery that looked like his photos.
Great work ..both of you
CHRIS RICHARDS XXX
My textile blog is keepingtothelimits.blogspot.com and my photography blog, which I haven't been updating much lately, is monicasmeanderings.blogspot.com (but I did take some photos today which I'll put up tomorrow).
I love mushrooms and fungus but we don't get many really interesting ones around here - I think it's too dry. I'd like to see your husband's photos.
I did some more work on the denim patchwork this afternoon and I have another day at home tomorrow, so I might get it finished soon. I might even do a little bit more before going to bed.
Hi Monica, this is my husbands blog address !
let me know what you think ?
I love the fungi. I'll browse through the rest of the blog when I have more time.
I am also self taught. I have done several small embroidery projects, but this year I signed up up for the TAST 2012 and Crazy Quilt Journal Project. On New Years Eve I finished my first ever CQ block. My daughter and I went to the store today to pick up some more fabric...so many choices! I just wish my checkbook had no limits to it!!!
I love this site, I finally found people who are interested in the same things I am! When I tried to talk to someone at work about it they just look confused or bored. I will gladly sit, have a cuppa and chat with you!
I'm glad we have become SF friends. Looking forward to our chats.
Today I am being beaten by a counted embroidery piece, amazing how my eye keeps moving one or threads too far over!
You mentioned Elsa Williams in one of your below comments to another SF member. Elsa Williams kits are a great favorite of mine and my sister Carol Riley (also an SF member). Carol and I recently purchased two of the Elsa Williams kit Grape Iris. We wanted two of Elsa Williams's MayFlower but was only able to purchase one. There is a Mayflower kit for sale in England but at about $75.00, way too much money.
The Elsa Williams kits normally have a very nice 51% linen/49% cotton fabric and presorted Paternayan 100% wool crewel yarn. Shame the Elsa Williams kits are no longer being produced and same for Paternayan wool, production has been stopped.
Hi Noelle,yes I love the Elsa williams kits.......I'm doing the 'Chelsea pillow' at the moment !
The kit that I really want badly is 'Enchanted April'...its an EGRET BIRD perched on a lilac tree ! I'm a self taught embroiderer..........I sooooo love stitching, I never get bored but I do hop from one thing to another !!!
Love needlepoint and crewel work the best !!
Dont know if you are interested but I have a blog with all my needleworks on it..................
http://ellascraftcreations.blogspot.co.uk/ Take a look if you fancy it !!
Anyway keep in touch noelle