January 2012 Embroidery Journal Project

I’ve completed my embroidery journal project for the month! It’s a bit different, but it has a meaning.

I thought about what theme I wanted for the month and decided I would use new beginnings. It took me awhile to choose this theme. I’ve considered many others. New beginnings – not just because it’s a new year, but also because I feel I am starting a new phase with my embroidery. I am hoping to break out of some of the boxes I put myself in and try new things and new ways of incorporating stitches. In short to see more of the possibilities embroidery offers as an art-form and hopefully to increase my creativity.

After I decided on a theme, I sat down with a pencil and just starting drawing. I didn’t know what it would become. I decided that what I had drawn represented a seed – the small plant and the shell around it.  I thought a seed was a great symbol for new beginnings.

I used a lot of blanket stitch in this project. It isn’t a stitch I have used all that much so far, but I put it in my drawing and decided to stitch it that way. I stitched this project with a fine wool thread – also new for me to work with. It went through the woven cotton fine and even with the backing fabric it was fine too. But it didn’t feel right until I switched to a bigger needle, then it was much smoother.

I admit I had doubts as I worked on this project – it felt a lot different than my other projects, but in the end I am satisfied with it as a starting point for my embroidery journal project.

7 thoughts on “January 2012 Embroidery Journal Project”

  1. Wow, it's lovely! I'm so behind on my embroidery journal and it's rubbish!! I'm going to complete it anyway as we all have to start somewhere! I live in hope that by the time I get to December I'll look back at January and see how much I've improved. Or not.

  2. This is a lovely piece, I've not started mine yet all though I have the design drawn on my piece of fabric just need to start to stitch it. It's a bit ambitious for my first piece but I like the design so just hope I get it done

    Jackie x

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