Here we are, about to shake hands with October. How could that be? Already? Ah well, October is a reliably beautiful month here in New England. That makes it easier to let go of my "where did the summer go?" thoughts.
As soon as I finished the black and red daily embroidery piece I posted about last time, I started the next:
For this one, I'm stitching ovals, one per day. I first embroider the oval in back stitch, in brown. Then I stitch in
and/or around it—French knots one day, seed stitch the next,
using white, pale yellow, and ecru in succession.
Someone asked me recently if I intend for people to be able to discern
the order in which I stitch each element of these daily embroidery pieces. The answer is no—that would be kind of crazy making for me! I'm not sure how I would manage it unless I always followed a strict calendar-style composition or numbered each day's work.
It's a very happy part of each day, this daily embroidery. I usually
stitch early in the morning. That way, no matter what the rest of the
day brings, I have made
time for art.
I like that each day's work can be big or small,
complex or simple. And there's a sense of adventure—how will it
all turn out?
Today is Day Five of the new ovals piece. The smallest oval so far, ringed by French knots:
Over the weekend I worked out a design for my Embroidery II class, coming up November 16 at Knack:
In Embroidery II you'll try your hand at stem stitch, chain stitch, long and short blanket stitch, eyelet wheels, satin stitch, and fly stitch. You'll also learn ways to transfer an image to fabric. Everybody will get this design to take home and stitch onto whatever they like—towels, napkins, pillow cases, etc.
New to embroidery? Start with Embroidery I on October 19—there are still a few spots left.
The classroom area at Knack is filled with beautiful light; it's a really pleasant place to be. And starting this week, you can hang out there on Work on It Wednesdays. Work on a project in progress, or start a new one, or just spend time with other creative folks and get inspired. I love that it's not limited to any particular medium or craft. Should be fun!