Lately I've been feeling the itch to try new mediums, so I took an embroidery workshop just to see what would happen. I always love crafts, and this class was craftacular! About a half hour into the workshop we began stitching our names, and I could not wipe the grin off of my face! It's true what they say, embroidery is relaxing. I felt silly for being so giddy with excitement. After all, I was sitting still in a chair crouching over my work, but inside I felt like I was surfing a huge wave! After the workshop I went straight home to practice what I had learned. Here is the piece of fabric I worked on:
I like this piece because you can see my progress, from learning my first stitches to text and then the eye, over the course of the day. I didn't draw anything out before stitching, it's all free hand.
They way in which I approached embroidery is similar to how I approach my papel picado. They are both labeled "crafts" but they are nonetheless vehicles for creative expression, and I love the contrast of a "feminine" art form and a bold, unapologetic statement. I definitely want to explore this further.
And if you want to see some real expert, witty, beautiful embroidery, check out my friend Cristy Davies! Some day all my linens will be original Davies pieces :)