Mostly Freestyle, stumpwork and raised embroidery, but I also enjoy counted work of varying types and some ribbon work. More or less any stitching style, really!=) I want to learn lots more, especially using more colour in backgrounds and I'm beginning to develop an interest in new and innovative materials, such as dissolvable fabrics etc.
Where did you learn your textile skills?
From books, magazines and kits. I took up stitching, starting with cross stitch then moving on to hardanger and freestyle etc, whilst seriously ill with CFS/ME. I've totally recovered from that now, thanks to effective treatment by Mickel Therapy, (although I managed to burn myself out instead!!!) but I keep it up just the same. I've also done some formal embroidery study 08/09 and was introduced to all sorts of fascinating new techniques.
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You just made my day by commenting on my profile photo. Lol! That was taken two years ago when I was 56 :-)
The stuff I showed on Flickr is all my personal stash.. The rest of it is not stored quite as neatly and did not make the audition;-D.
The workshops I teach are strictly volunteer work. I enjoy seeing how people try new things after having had a little push and lots of encouragement.
I too, enjoy looking at stash rooms, and how people have creative ideas to make them work. I even have two books about the topic, with the most beautiful workrooms and studios in them. I bought them before I moved from a small bedroom to a larger one in our house, so I could decide what look I would go for. Since then, the stash has grown and the look goes out the door when you have so much stuff you need to give a place.
Thank you for your comments on my Flickr photos.
Yes, I do have a lot of stuff. I have been collecting needlework stuff for some 18 years now, married to a husband who takes me to the Harrogate Stitching and Knitting show for my 50th birthday and not only encourages me to buy what I want, but also offers to carry it around all day on the show :-)
Besides that, since we have a blog for our local needlework cafe, we got the left over inventory of of a needleworkshop, whose owner had deceased. Because that is not "mine" I keep it in a different location than my personal stash.
I know the feeling, the best thing to do is - something completely different! Gardening always helps me switch off; I suppose it puts my mind into neutral and lets my body drive for a while. I go back to stitching with fresh eyes!