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.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

So What's Going On Here?

Your guess is as good as mine.
A few hours' work today. Still very much a sample, still got circles appearing as a recurrent theme, still looking for a direction.
What I'm trying to with this is to explore working canvaswork stitches on an unlikely surface, in this case a piece of newspaper which has been bonded on to 18 count single canvas. To increase the durability of the newspaper, I've bonded a sheer chiffon on top.
I'd had a colour scheme running through my head of retro-ish greens and light red, but I've added a little black as a contrast. Nothing has been planned ahead, simply moving from one shape to another, and making small decisions along the way.
It's still be worked a bit more - I want to repeat the fan shape satin stitches at the top, somewhere else, and I need to work into the large white felt circle which is looking too stark.
So we'll see what develops.
It was supposed to have been a full day of embroidery today and I've been looking forward all week to this time to myself, but the fates were against me, and I didn't actually make a start until this evening.
Oh well, just glad to have had a couple of hours anyway.


  1. Nice start! I see the pencilled circles there, ready to join the others. Look forward to seeing it again later.

  2. This is lovely, circles are my favourite shape and I love the way you've incorporated the newspaper into the background.

  3. How fantastic - I love all the different stitches, shapes, etc. And the newspaper background looks brilliant - lovely to see it all develop :)

  4. Thanks all, for your comments. It's giving me the impetus to keep working at it.

  5. Interesting start. Like the chiffon on newspaper idea. Especially love the top left corner with all the stitching. Can't wait to see the finished result.

  6. great collage, there are so many interesting 'bits' to look at.