It’s very nearly the end of the month, so I thought I’d show you a quick update on the current piece I’m stitching. I haven’t given it a proper name yet, although the astute amongst you might be able to see a tree hidden in the pattern, and I suppose tree might feature in the name eventually, but I’ll wait to see if it shows itself more clearly as I stitch, or whether it decides to remain obscure.
So don’t get too excited, this is slow art remember…
Nearly two months in and perhaps a quarter done.
I know you’ll be questioning the sanity of anyone who opts to use tent stitch only on a piece that’s the best part of 2′ square, but what can I say – it feels right to me, or should I say it makes me feel right, because there is undoubtedly a soothing sensation that comes with the act of stitching something relatively fine. And after the textures of the last piece, the urge to create something smooth was undeniable.
Many of us find a peace from the process of stitch – in its many forms – and this is especially true for me in this piece. There is nothing extraordinary about filling little areas of scrim with yarn, and yet, inch by inch, as I sew, the focus of my mind changes and I know I’m calming down, feeling tranquil. It’s that transformation that I love – the fact that at the end I can see a little more filled in canvas, is just an added bonus.
I continue to be delighted with the way both Natalie and Victoria’s knitting wools are performing, they stitch brilliantly, but best of all, as the tiny sections of colour grow and you stroke your finger over it, it feels soft and warm – it’s sensual.
I’ve started to incorporate a few sections in silk. It’s much more of the prima donna to work with – there are creative tantrums, but I want the occasional shininess to slip into the piece and silk does it like nothing else, so in it goes – in moderation.
So there you are – at this rate probably not going to be ready by Christmas, but that’s ok.
14 thoughts on “The story so far…”
Its lovely! And I can relate to taking the slow road by chosing tent stitch. Sometimes its nice to work slowly and carefully and literally feel the love you’re pouring into what you’re making. I’m currently finishing off a needlepoint project, sewing it together by hand, when I could be using a machine. Somehow I like taking the extra care, and the quietness of doing it by hand.
You’re right, sometimes it just seems to feel right to do it the slow way.
I love this and am watching its progress with pleasure – those colours are so beautiful!
Thank you, it makes it much more fun being able to find different shades to work with.
That is so beautiful – I can feel the texture just by looking at it – can’t wait to see the finished piece – happy stitching x
Oh you’d love it – it feels lovely and soft, definitely one to be able to run your hand over.
Such a beautiful piece, I love the colours!
Thanks Ellen -I’ve just got back from your old haunt at Greyfriars Worcester – what lovely crewel work they have there. I was talking to one of the room guides and he remembered you very fondly!
Ah how kind of them 🙂 Greyfriars is such a lovely house, really hope you enjoyed your visit!
It was absolutely lovely – charming people, fascinating house and superb coffee!
It is taking shape wonderfully well. As others have commented, the colours are gorgeous.
Glad you like them x
This is lovely Anny.
Thank you 🙂