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.

One Response to paper

  • I really liked your embroidery ideas, I think I will try the out lining of a picture like the apples, but with one strand of a thin thread, and see how that looks, although the bright red popping off the page in an apple color was very cool as well. Maybe it was the size of the needle holes you did not like, anyway thanks again!!!

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