Well I had a wonderful Wedding anniversary..... Will tell you all about it another time.
Today I am talking hand embroidery. I simply love doing it. It's time consuming ... yes.
It can be difficult... yes. It has to be done in good light ... yes, which is difficult at this lovely, cosy time of year BUT OH IT'S WORTH IT!!
As you know I am beavering away at the competition prize but also working on other pieces that I must do to sell. Having fallen in love myself with the sampler, I am working on other samplers for the future....... and maybe a cheeky one for our home!
I love drawing lightly on the vintage French linen (which is always my base of any picture I create)
and then stitching the design, building up the colours and filling in details along the way, much like a watercolour artist with layers of paint.
I know some embroidery is done on these new massive electronic automatic sewing machines, but for me, it lacks that Je ne sais quoi! that hand stitching brings to a piece. A part of the person who stitches something goes into the work and makes it feel special.
So my quote for today is ................................................
Some may wonder if hand sewing, with its seemingly endless
stitches, has a real place in todays busy home.
Just a comfortable place I reply, like a rocking chair in a nursery.
by Sarah Howard Stone.