Sunday, March 4, 2012
Keeping Myself In Stitches
Oh my little needle and thread, how do I love you? Let me count the ways.
If you've been visiting my blog long enough, you know that I dabble in all sorts of stuff. I play with papers, I paint with pretty colors, I string bright glass beads and baubles. But somehow I always end up back in my favorite chair, stitching. One stitch at at time. It was really my favorite part of my quilting phase, too, the hand-stitching of the binding or quilting the layers. There is nothing like a little bit of hand-stitching that sets the soul right.
Most of my stitchy projects start out in my doodle journal. And many of them begin even earlier on a cocktail napkin at happy hour or on a bank deposit slip while I wait for the traffic light to change, and then make it to my doodle journal. It's an evolution. Eventually the ones I really like, I then deem stitch-worthy and I copy them onto linen, then stitch in my favorite penny candy colors.
I haven't decided if this one will end up a pillow or a tote or...what. It's a nice size 10ish by 10ish, so there are some lovely options to ponder. If you're feeling stitchy, I've just loaded this pattern onto my Etsy shop. It makes for a lovely diversion from housework.