In 2017, I am once again committing to a stitch a day. It fits so well with my resolution to use or lose it:
- I can use up more of my flosses, yarns, threads, strings, etc. that I have acquired over the years.
- I can learn new stitches from the books on my shelves and my computer.
- I can use the templates I learned to make through Kathy Shaw (I have them in three sizes)
- I can remember to use stitches I've learned through the years.
My first year I stitched on specific works -- block exchanges for the most part -- and on an experimental fat quarter whenever I was in between projects.
The difference in 2017 is I have found a whole lot of people who have committed to a Year of Embroidery. You can follow the tags of #1yearofstitches or @1yearofstitches or #ayearofstitches on the social media of your choice. There are groups on Facebook so stitchers can share their output and encourage each other.
That's right -- stitchers are supposed to share what they've done every day. Oops.
The only other rule is to stitch everyday. You can do the same stitch daily or a different one. You can do one stitch or as many as you like.
I really love the finished work, which Hannah Clare Somerville documented on her Instagram account. It is so different from anything I have done ... especially in my previous challenges to stitch every day. Plus I like that all the work is in one piece.
The first day I pulled out a bit of brown floss from my Stitching-On-The-Go Bag for some stem stitching. Then the second day a piece of red floss became seven French knots. The next day, I pulled black floss out and did some straight stitches in a random pattern. The fourth day I randomly pulled another piece of black floss and did straight stitches around a French knot. The fifth day I pulled another piece of black floss and did some bullion stitches. The sixth day, I pulled some cream colored floss and did some feather stitches.
I need to add some more thread to the bag as I drew another piece of black floss. I added some buttonhole stitches.
I pulled some peach floss that I recently used on a bear appliqué for my granddaughter's curtains. Again, I went with a stitch I know -- the chain stitch.
Then I pulled a heavier thread and did a running stitch and whipped along the stitches.
On Jan. 10th I pulled some DMC #5 yellow and blue andadded satin stitches in the spaces created by the feather stitches.