when the local quilt shop sold a year ago the new owner brought in a number of different hand embroidery threads
people have been looking at them, oohing and aahing but more out of curiosity than of planning projects with them and then i was asked by a customer-friend to teach a class
thinking it should be more about the threads and stitches and less about the end result, a kind of thread exploration, along with some of the fun doodle-style of embroidery i came up with a little sampler of stitches
trying to keep it lively and fun, remembering the riot of colour and patterning of "doodle art"
remember that from the 1972???
i was given the signs of the zodiac one for christmas that year - it took ages to finish, in fact, i think about 5 or 6 years... i don't remember the date but i do remember the day
i had made such a mess of the rays, where they came into the sun at the very centre of the poster that for a long time i couldn't face finishing it - i thought i'd ruined it... one bored day i took it out, thinking how much i really liked it, except for that, wondering what i could do and then all i could think to do was to colour the sun in with black
it was so unexpected, so striking and so unusual
it made all the other colours pop, pulled the eye in, and made the whole thing amazing
i loved it
so i wanted this "stitchery doodle" to have the same fun, funky, colourful randomness of the original doodle art designs
trying a few old favourites in different ways
layers of fly stitch in different colours makes for an interesting filling stitch
rows of chain stitch with over-dyed thread
back stitch with french knots as an outline
tiny random straight stitches
there was supposed to be a peace sign but i messed that one up with the drawing so it's kind of a funny wheel-type thing but i'll add more to it later perhaps
that's what i love about embroidery
you don't have to call it "done" until you want to
you can keep adding, here and there, layer upon layer, for as long as you want to, for as long as there are ideas flowing through your mind, and for as long as there is thread in your needle...