I am using this blog to chart my journey as I get involved with stitched textiles again after a gap of twenty odd years. I've tried once or twice recently to get started, but time - the lack of it - got in my way. Now seems right though, and this online diary will be my reminder not to let it slip through my fingers again.
Wish me luck.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

First Circle

It's Saturday. The orders were done this morning for the website, my other half has gone off to the football and I have allowed myself three hours to do something with my embroidery.
Last week I assembled a basket full of fabrics and threads in whites, off whites, black and just a tiny touch of mother of pearl type colour. A quick look round a charity shop this morning for more fabric and I found exactly what I wanted - a pure wool jumper in natural white and two cushion covers, one pure white linen and one fabulous old one in vintage white velvet with a good amount of beadwork. The jumper was boiled and tumble dried to felt it and the circle in the photo above was cut out and laid on the white linen background. Ready to start.

No plans, drawings or anything. Just launch straight in. I wanted to use some black and white chequerboard canvaswork and that was all I really had in mind.
Three hours are NOTHING. Time's up.
Not much to show, and this is definitely still sketchbook stuff, but I've loved the stitching. I made some bad decisions, but that's what practice is all about.
Next step...


  1. I like this round piece. It makes me think of baby birds in a checkerboard nest. So beautifully done.

  2. Wow, I wouldn't have thought of that Suzanna. What an intresting comment.