Thursday, May 13, 2010

my creative space :: stitching

stitching

In my creative space this week I’m stitching. I started this project last month but for a number of mundane reasons it was put to the side. In my creative life there is a fierce battle being waged between embroidery and crochet. Both compete for creative couch time and so far this year crochet has been winning the fight. Muscle memory takes over when I’m crocheting a granny square and my mind retreats into a reflective state, this is not the case with embroidery where attention to fine detail is essential. Concentration and intense focus on the needle and floss is required, which again allows for meditation - just of a different kind.

It is my hope that both crochet and embroidery will be winners and so I’m making a concerted effort to keep up with my stitching.

Creativity abounds on Thursdays at the queen of stitching Kirsty’s place… but before you head on over there be sure to enter my little bloggy anniversary giveaway.

23 comments:

  1. Looks lovely and I love the vibrant colors!

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  2. There really are too many crafts & not enough time, isn't there...?!

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  3. some projects are like that, pick up, put down, stop, start, forget, remember always worth it in the end. I love it. and you are right about hooking on the couch-quite a meditative state

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  4. I think that they sit very happily together.

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  5. LOL. I love the image of your crochet and embroidery projects fighting for couch time.

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  6. Great colours and your stitching is so NEAT!

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  7. I have a few couch-sitting crafts doing war. So I understand your dilemma! Love the stitching!

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  8. I bet you can crochet a granny on autopilot now! Embroidery uses up more mental space for me, so it is reserved for watching boring stuff with my Mr!

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  9. I love the way you describe the conflict between your two creative pursuits! And yes, lets hope they are both winners which ultimately makes you a winner too! I am trying to start a new crochet project, a big blanket, which I'm hoping will provide many hours of zoned out bliss xo

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  10. You know I have a bit of that too, between the crochet/amigurumi bears and my mohair jointed ones, but I sort of like going between to the two, so I guess we are sort of lucky that way. Your stitching is looking amazing.xo

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  11. Look at that beautiful stitching - its wonderful. (I would like to think that I have competing crafts but the reality is I just get distracted easily!).

    Look forward to seeing the whole picture when you finish the embroidery.

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  12. what lovely work! such a pretty design sure to brighten the day when it's done. i'm with you in the struggle between two loves. It's like having twins and making sure they both feel equally loved. x

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  13. Your embroidery looks beautiful, Im having fun trying to guess what it will be....a basket of flowers?... a hot air balloon? We will have to wait and see!

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  14. That is looking really lovely. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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  15. What neat stitching. I bet you have just reverted to stitching now so that you can use your new snippy tool and listen to the noise!

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  16. LOVELY neat embroidering. I wish I could get my satin stitch to look like that. Any tips?
    Embroidery does require some careful attention. Sadly this means I have HEARD many TV shows and movies but only SEEN snippets of them. People asked me what a particular movie was like, and I can only say that it sounded pretty good. :D

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  17. It's perfect. I must learn this skill, amongst thousands of others.

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  18. Lovely stitching Sal. I struggle with what to do in front of the telly and resort to tracing patterns at the bench... I need to try crochet again!

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  19. You're doing a wonderful job! Oh the patience though. Hope you have a gorgeous weekend :)

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  20. That's very lovely! Embroidery is great, especially if you need to shut out the universe to concentrate on something that you visibly make progress on with every stitch. I get that need from time to time!

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  21. Embroidery is great as you can keep coming back to it with new inspiration & energy. Looking great, be sure to post the finished product. Love Posie

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  22. That is such a wonderful stitching pattern...I usually have at least 5 projects on the go at any given time, I have a short attention span it seems :-)

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