Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Stitches

During this second week of 1 Year of Stitches, I found that there is truth to the phrase "Stitching mends the soul". There is a rhythm to hand stitching that is calming and rewarding and provides a soothing background to conversation or listening to music. I haven't done any knitting for about 40 years, but I imagine that it can be similarly soothing. I remember my mother constantly working on some kind of needlework or other, and how calm she looked when she did it. I have so many pieces of her beautiful needlepoint, embroidery, crocket, knitting, wool rug hooking and other things, I really should do a post about her work sometime soon.

Here is my mandala and what I did during week 2 - the outer border of blue and green stitches and orange French knots. As it gets bigger, each row will take longer. I'm enjoying making it up as I go along and trying out new techniques.

I also got (unintentionally) involved in some intense hand embroidery when finishing the face I shared in my last post. I had started this months ago and did some rows of stitching in the hair, and felt that I had to fill in the whole space when I went back to it. A big job!! If I'm going to do a face each week, you can bet I'll find a simpler way to create hair!!

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant Sunday. It is 37 degrees and sunny here in Boston, with practically no snow on the ground. I know we'll be getting lots of snow in the next couple of months, so I'm enjoying unrestricted driving and walking outside while we have it!

Wishing you a wonderful week!
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1 comment:

Lyn said...

Beautiful stitching, I agree it is such a calming thing to do, and your stitches are so neat! xxx