Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Where have all the months gone

Cannot believe its 5 months since I last wrote.  In that time I have continue sporadically with the TAST challenge, visited Scotland and France, enjoyed the company of my daughter with her husband and baby, plus Christmas and New Year has gone by! Wow :)

Must admit I have not felt very creatively inclined these last few months and I really couldn't put a finger on it until I ordered a copy of   Beading Artistry for Quilts: Basic Stitches & Embellishments Add Texture & Drama  by Thom Atkins
As I was devouring the pages and relishing the images, I remember the sense of satisfaction I got from beading my pictures and the way I would meditate as I worked.  For some reason embroidery just doesn't give me that same sense of satisfaction.  It  might be the restriction I gave myself at the start of the project, not the embroidery itself,  that has really caused me the problems - no theme and no beads.  With no theme I could not relate to the project, it was just an exercise and without the beads I wasn't able to explore the full extend of the embroidery.

Anyway, I have committed to completing the 2 panels with the 52 stitches for the year and have about 10 stitches to complete. One panel is almost complete.   

 Hopefully from the last picture you can see I have attached the piece to another of fabric with a  Beaded Hedebo Edge stitch
Once it is complete (nearly half way around now) I will attach  it to stretchers and possibly frame with it. A very plain frame as the stitching is fancy enough

Once I have completed this project, I will explore how I can combine painting, beading and embroidery together