My family say I’m weird! Evidence-amongst other things- the photos I take. “Mum why are you taking THAT?” was (OK and is) the frequent cry from the family. And the truth- hard to explain but some things do just appeal to me and yes I do take some strange pictures, but usually because deep inside me I know I want to embroider what I can see.
No not the trees(this time), nor the light. But that gorgeous cushiony soft, soft soft MOSS. I love moss..here’s another
I hadn’t thought about how to tackle moss and was torn by two ideas. So it was back to basics with this project.
1 Collect images
Pin them on a board and think.
2 Paint- right so I can’t draw and I can’t paint very well, so I won’t inflict my sketch book on you.
3 Choose some fabric and paint a background. I used a small square of a cleaning sponge, which proved pretty effective
4 Spend hours choosing a variety of threads from the stash, and then some more hours thinking about stitches.
5 Take the plunge and start stitching
The stitches are buttonhole wheels and couching and a bit of chain stitch
6 Keep going
Adding bullion knots and a lot more button hole stitch not in a wheel but in straight lines
7 keep adding more and more stitches, sometimes on top of each other and certainly overlapping to create texture.
8 Wonder what the … you are going to do with this.
9 Light bulb moment -cover a box.. only the fabric is too bulky. Decide to cover the box not inside the rim as the Seaside fantasy, but over the whole top
10 Beginning by turning under a hem and stitch a border
One moss inspired box, with moss in the garden
12 When husband asks you what it is and you say “why what do you think it is? Try not to over react when he says ” A mess”. Remember to say ” What do you think to Picasso?” And feel vindicated when he says ” Another mess”. And then ask him what he thinks to Jackson Pollock. And when he says “Who” , feel good.
I like it but then I am a bit weird!! And I haven’t finished with moss yet a while.
Linking with Lola nova stitching project