Improv Stitching on Wool #4

sheep5There seems to be a color theme going on here. Using more French Knots and Bullion Knots (Size 8 Violets pearl cotton thread), I latch on to the rainbow color scheme for the sheep’s body. And I fully embrace this color theme. Why? Cause I have no other ideas right now.

poppyflower2Maybe it’s the heat. My brain goes into low power mode in the weather and refreshing visits to the garden aren’t happening. My Princess Louise poppies are quickly leaving the scene but I managed to get this photo of one early in the morning. It looks so happy!

Improv Stitching on Wool #3

sheep1In keeping with the theme that I’ve lost touch with reality, my embroidered sheep acquires green fleece. French Knots and Bullion Knots (Size 8 Lime Frappe pearl cotton thread) placed closely together resemble the curl of sheep’s wool, don’t you think? These stitches also have the advantage of lifting off the surface of the fabric evoking the cushy texture of a woolly sheep.

sheep2This is what I love about free form embroidery. Like a good mystery novel, you discover as you stitch. Each stitch gives you a clue as to what the next stitch should be. And as you progress through the embroidery, you become more confident of how it will end.

Stay tuned for more fascinating sheep stories soon.

Improv Stitching on Wool #2

woolimprov1I’m a picture person. An odd shape of fabric or random doodle on paper always conjures up an picture or image in my mind. These few random stitches on wool above suggested an image to me. Can you guess what it is?

woolimprov2I think its a sheep. Now, I don’t know much about sheep or goats or any of those animals with curly horns. But when you improvised a stitched image, who cares? I’ve extended the original couched thread shape to form the animal’s body. Now that I have an outline, I can fill it in and hope to becomes a creature of some sort.

Improv Stitching on Wool #1

woolimprov1When learning a new skill, do you learn by watching another person do it, by listening to directions, or by reading about how to do it?

During my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool classes students are given a book with embroidery stitch directions. But I’m also happy to demonstrate stitches and talk themĀ  through the process of acquiring a new stitching skill.

The set of stitches above are from one of those demonstrations showing a closed Blanket Stitch, Bullion Knots, and Couching. Could this sampler of stitches be used as a jumping off point for a new design? Stay tuned and we’ll see if I can turn those random stitches into something.