Ah…a weekend with nothing pressing so I can stitch as long as I’d like…after I move the trellis for the roses on the balcony, take the sofa cover to the cleaners, take shoes to the repairs shop, go to the grocery, do the laundry. Have needle women always done everything else first or did they ever let daily tasks go undone so they could just immerse themselves in the creative process?
Traveling is one of the best times for long, uninterrupted stitching sessions. I was in Brussels last weekend with 6 girls from the school attending the AMIS Honor Girls choir Festival. We traveled by train both ways and it gave me hours of peace and quiet to stitch (these were exceptionally wonderful students, I admit!).
After working with a combination of threads on a Trish Burr design from her book Crewel and Surface Embroidery, I wanted to try combining wool thread and silk thread on the same project myself. I received threads from The Silk Mill and from Renaissance Dyeing and noticed that the colors were complementary, it seemed like the perfect time.
This design uses elements from a page found at Needlecrafter.com. I’ve used these little designs before to create a bigger design and I love combining them – it’s just the right amount of creative freedom for me right now to put together from already drawn designs a larger design and then to decide on the color and thread choices.