Embroidery has continually played an integral part in the history of man and woman.
It not only signified certain status and wealth through the ages but it has also given
countless hours of satisfaction to those who could create something
of beauty with a needle and thread.
Today is the day that I might start the picture with the whale button .. eeeeekkkkk! I am hoping anyway. I have a bit more to do but it is possible that I will make a start even if it is one stitch!
For sure I at least will get it drawn out on the linen and any appliqué will be cut I am hoping by this evening and maybe it will be started tomorrow that is the plan anyway ...
I am hoping for another beach walk tonight, paddling along the seashore and looking for treasures with my basket .. I must look like a bit of a Miss Marple character! you can see it on their faces, ah look at the dotty woman ... shame! Ha Ha little do they know what they are missing and what wonderful things that the sea has given up to me and besides which, it is walking, and out in the sea air with bare feet in the surf .. wonderful.
In addition today I have also go do some bits with very very old antique French script paper, I collects old envelopes and old letters and documents .. I love the French ones when I can get them. It is lovely to incorporate some into my work on occasions and it works really well when you tear and not cut ... It is in keeping somehow. I enjoy adding little different things to stitchery like paper, old beads or buttons, it makes a picture so interesting and pretty to look at I always think ..
I must just tell you that I was in the garden at the weekend with my sketch book as there were lots of butterflies on the plants and lavender out there. I wanted to get to sketch one with its wings up and sat. Well there was this very obliging species and it sat still for me to sketch it but then turned about for another pose, it was really fabulous but utterly strange, it was not scared at all and sat for me for about 15 minutes ... thrilled! after my worry over them all not being about they must have come and found me. Now I can do some proper sketches for my design book which is amazing, as I really did not think it was going to happen this summer.
When thinking about how to go about a new design plus always thinking about the one after and the one after that it is good to keep sketches. designs and doodles .. it helps me tremendously with keeping sane and on the right path. I love playing with water colours too as well as the old fashioned inks ... just lightly colouring over very old papers is a great thing to do and makes it look fabulous sometimes, other times just as it is can be best, depending on your design.
Getting fabrics and threads ready too and we are almost there as now I have my whale button design and a butterfly one too.... I just need to grow two more pairs of arms and hands and I am away!!
Anyway have a great day all of you and as always Happy Stitching! XX