white on paper

Since I started embroidering I’ve been looking for something that I can call “my style”. I love making little things for other people:  onsies for babies, Johnny’s wall hanging, Bridget’s pillow and so on. But what I really wanted, was to go beyond tracing a pattern and to create something that I had thought up.

I’ve been keeping an eye on lots of other people’s work on flickr and elsewhere, and just trying to get a sense of what I like. (Including this one of a scorpion on paper.) One day I was flipping through these old Math books from the mid 1800s that I picked up for 50 cents at a book sale in college and one of them had some line drawings scattered through it. I tried following the outline on one of those pages but it didn’t turn out as well as I had wanted.


Still, something about it was interesting. So I just started doodling, like I would in the margins of a book, only across the whole page.

white on paper detail 2

I am pretty in-love with the results and am planning to do a series of them (and then what, I don’t know…). I learned some things as I was stitching that I think will improve the results even more the next time around.

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