Do you enjoy personality tests?
We’ve all experienced them at one time or another, whether serious ones when applying for jobs (INFJ* if you’re interested), or the marginally less serious ones in personal-development books, online-dating, dieting, and of course the entirely spurious ones in countless magazine features – they crop up all over the place.
For some reason, when I was fishing through my stash of canvas the other day, I couldn’t help thinking that our preferred choice of canvas might well be an indicator of our personality.
– straight-forward, upright, focussed, likes sticking rigidly to the rules…
– needs a bit of structure, but bends the rules a little from time to time – prefers having some flexible of space to work in…
– pretends to conform, but actually quite a rebel, frequently moving off in different directions…
– entirely unpredictable, potential anarchist…
Yep, use them all – what does that tell you?
Inspiration comes from many places and sometimes we don’t really know exactly why a piece evolves the way that it does. But that wasn’t the case with the latest piece of stitched tapestry, because from the moment I saw the fabulous silk Moonbeams on a Mystic Sea from Eleanor Lee at Solstice Yarns, I had a good idea in my mind of how I wanted to use it.
And so here it is. I’m calling this one Moonbeams because that’s where it all came from.
In addition to the greeny silk in there, much of the purply background and big purple patches also came from Eleanor’s wickedly enticing store. There are also a couple of blatantly sparkly gold and silver metallics and a rather subtler, almost silver silk in there, to add a twinkle or two as you walk past.
Working with Eleanor’s threads has been pure bliss. They stitch into the cotton crash so happily, you’d think they’d been designed with that in mind.
Thank you Eleanor.
Approximately 38cm x 38cm
Silk, wool and metallic threads on cotton crash.
May & June 2014