I have joined a group of fiber artists and embroiderers in a project entitled 1 Year of Stitches 2017. We will all be doing an embroidery project which will hopefully have us doing at least one stitch each day of the year. We will all be working toward different goals during the year. Goals include, but are not limited to, focusing on a project and seeing it to completion, learning to embroider, learning new stitches, improving embroidery skills and improved composition skills. I have two goals: complete the project and spend at least one week on a stitch to learn the variations of the stitch. Improving my skills should be a given if this project is completed.
I started on January 1st by adding my chop (a mark on goods).
January 2nd I added one row of running stitches. I will be working with running stitches for the first week.
January 3rd I added three more rows of running stitches.
January 4th I watched Quilting Arts on PBS. One segment featured Laura Wasilowski making small embroidered pieces. One of the stitches she demonstrated was the weaving stitch which is rows of long single running stitches which become the warp and are woven through. I really thought it would be a great addition to my embroidery tool box so decided to give it a try using hand dyed pearl cotton.
January 5th, back to Constance Howard's book to do long and short running stitches alternated in rows using the same pearl cotton I used yesterday.