on paper

It has been quite a while, and a lot of things have happened in my non-stitching life, one being a pretty major shoulder surgery.

For a retiring coworker who likes to curse...

I’m slowly getting back to making things. This piece is for a retiring co-worker who has been known to curse quite a bit (though less now than when I first met him), and who holds lots of institutional knowledge about our accounting, contracts and finance systems.

I am looking forward to itching my stitching urge and getting back to pulling in elements like dried flowers, and other bits from nature, so watch this space!

But getting closer to done.

Making messes and working on some thready, tangly bits. Still in progress ( I think).

I am still considering if any other thread bits need to be added; and most importantly, thinking about how to finish the piece. I normally mat things on black, but that won’t work for this piece. And the white I have on hand looks too stark. So, I’ll keep experimenting.

I know I said that I didn’t see much Hedebo in my future, but I had it in my head that I was going to do it on paper.

Testing out threads.

So I tested out some different threads — perle cotton, vintage Coats and Clark, and tatting threads.

Getting down to business. #embroidery #wip
And settled on the vintage Coats and Clark.

I’m not sure it will work out entirely in the end, but I’m going to give it a really good try. I have to say, it feels good to have an idea percolating. I’ve been feeling lazy lately. But it’s probably because I’ve had too much happening in my work-life. Someone please remind me that making things keeps me sane; every once in a while I seem to forget.

A little pop of blue. (PS I love working with these vintage threads) #wip #embroidery

While I haven’t had the time to dive into Hedebo just yet — I’m still adjusting to the kids’ new summer schedule, and work is particularly busy — I have made a little time to sit down with some paper and thread and play. I’m working on another improvised little patchwork piece. This one is four little squares, arranged with raw ends towards the middle. So far, I have just added a little fern stitch here and there to hold the pages together. This time trying to venture out of my usual one-color palette with a little pop of blue.

pansy

I am now calling this piece finished.

pansy detail

I actually stitched a bit more and ended up not liking it at all. It is a hazard of working without a real plan and on paper (that is by nature not forgiving to mistakes). But after I took out the section directly above the flower, I didn’t even mind having the holes there. I don’t mind them. And they aren’t distracting. In fact, I wonder if you even noticed them in the photo without me pointing them out.

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