As I mentioned yesterday, I have two projects floating around in my head now – the first will be all in chain stitch, the second all couching. I just tried counching for the first time last week – fun fun fun! About halfway through my first try, I was already trying to think of a project I could do entirely in couching. It took a while, but if finally occurred to me to combine that idea with another that I’ve been mulling over since last summer-ish. The two together will be perfect match. Surfing Flickr for these pictures gave me one last idea to apply to this project, something else I’ve wanted to do for a while, so it’s now almost all planned out. I love it when a plan comes together. I really really really hope I can finish something off soon to free up a little crafting time for this one!
In the meantime, admire the lovely and interesting ways these embroiderers have played with couching in their own works!
So how do the rest of you crafty types keep blogging when you’re in the middle of a project with no progress to show yet, and have nothing but ideas to discuss otherwise? I’m working on some flowers from the antique Austrian craft magazines I showed you the other day (wee free embroidery pattern there if you missed it!) but there’s not enough progress to make it interesting or enticing yet. Other than that, I have these two ideas I’m dying to get started on, but no time yet to do so – both completely in one stitch alone. One will be done in chain stitch and since I haven’t worked out the details yet, it could be a while before I can show it off. In the meantime, here’s some examples of beautiful chain stitch by some very talented Flickr embroiderers. I’m in love with this stitch right now, I can’t get enough!
After pinning out pieces of my Dad’s sweater vest (no, I’m still not done with my Christmas presents, sigh), I noticed that the pincushion I use for my blocking pins is all covered in dried starch flakes from when I blocked my grandmother’s crocheted snowflake ornaments just before Christmas. I’ve never really been happy with that one anyway, so this is just the perfect excuse to make myself a new one! Due to a never-ending list of things I will never have enough time to get done, I will probably just end up doing something cute but simple. But I sure had fun drooling over these – and SO many more – beautiful handmade creations on Flickr. How inspiring to find so much creativity just to make something relatively small and functional. Amazing!
I’m working on a post about winter knits in general, but I’ve been having a serious affair with fair isle. I wants it all. I can’t get enough and have been thinking about tackling my very own fair isle cardigan soon enough, but more about that later. For now, I’ll just drool over these lovelies. Mmm.