The design process from start to finish is something that I’ve been exploring for about 8 months. Long time readers know that I’ve drawn inspiration from items in my home: wooden printing blocks (Colors of India and Blackwork Hearts and Flowers) and pottery (Spring in Italy Sampler) being two examples.
Like all artists, I don’t work in isolation. I need creative and beautiful input, to be inspired and to come up with new ideas for projects I design and execute. There are sites I visit regularly to see what others are stitching and to get an eyeful of visual inspiration. These aren’t “how-to sites” – I go to them for inspiration, not instruction.
Here is a list of my 5 favorites.
Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! A close call! A disaster diverted!
I had a plan (maybe not a great plan, but a plan) of how I would embroider a border around the edges of the Spring in Italy Sampler. I drew lots of designs but wasn’t really happy with any of then. Finally, I decided my last attempt was fine. I would stitch it, add a few green leaves or something and it would be nice. Frankly, my inspiration just wasn’t flowing and I wanted to be finished!
So I measured, I drew the border on to the fabric and I stitched. Then I looked at it, asked my husband his opinion (he is a great second pair of eyes!) and we both agreed. It wasn’t good. In fact, it was clumsy and detracted from the beautiful flower and fruit motifs on which I’d worked so hard. Here it is half taken out. Really, it looked like half deflated yellow balloons. Not good.
Quite a few new readers (Hello! I’m glad you’re here!) have written to ask me where they can find ‘more’ of the Spring in Italy Sampler. It’s a bit complicated since four of the articles were posted on Needlen’thread when I was a guest blogger for Mary Corbet. So, to make it easy to find everything in one place, I’ve posted those four articles here today. If you scroll down the page you will find the articles. I didn’t send email notification of all four articles. I didn’t want your mailboxes overflowing with The Unbroken Thread emails!
At the end of this article you will find a complete list of all the Spring in Italy Sampler posts.