I thought I’d share this with you; it’s my ongoing sampler.
Last year I decided I’d love to be able to do ‘free embroidery’. I’ve been doing cross stitch for a while, but it has its limits. I got myself a book of stitches (Mary Thomas’ Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, if you’re interested – it’s pretty good actually), and just started working through it. Nothing scientific, I just draw stuff on with a pencil or biro, and then stitch over it.
I think I’ve got stem stitch, split stitch and fishbone stitch pretty much sussed now, but of course I’ll keep practising.
It’s just an old napkin, and it doesn’t matter if I get it wrong sometimes, that’s how you learn. The lack of pressure (it’s not a gift, and I don’t need to unpick mistakes) makes it a creative and relaxing pastime – much like practising a musical instrument I guess, though easier on the ear 😉
This week I will be working on improving my satin stitch. Do you have anything you’re improving at the moment? Please share!