So I finished another embroidery:
Pattern: Mr X-Stitch (not currently up in his shop, but I’m sure you could message him if you want it!)
Fabric: 28 count laguna in white
Thread: Blue silk (I’ve lost the card, but I got it at the local needlepoint shop.)
Technic R2-D2 is a fan!
The internet may be over the lolcats, but I am not yet ready to let them go, thus these lions. This piece is my first foray into blackwork, a kind of embroidery that involves stitching in a single color (outlines only) on an evenweave fabric. Traditionally blackwork uses double running stitch, but I’m lazy so I just used back stitch over the entire piece. In traditional blackwork you plan your path and fill in every other stitch one way before returning the other direction and finishing.
I framed it in a plain hoop using this method, which avoids using any glue (I try to never use glue or tape on my projects!) I used a machine basting stitch, but a hand stitch would have worked just as well.
Completing this piece (my second in a month) made me consider the fact that while I love needlework I rarely do it. Same with knitting and crochet (these days at least!) I think that many of us in the crafting community like to identify with one craft to the exclusion of all others . I know that I myself am a bit obsessive, and I find it very hard to divide my time.
I have several more needlework projects planned this year – we will see if I manage to get to them!
7 thoughts on “How to be multi-craftual”
Love it! I’m a big fan of unexpected cross-stitch. I’m currently working on a piece for my husband- it’s a lyric from the Lonely Island song “Lazy Sunday” haha.
I used to cross-stitch when I was younger! This brings up some serious memories! Great work!
Cami from lovethyhobby.com
It is difficult to have many hobbies – not enough time for everything!%((
It’s lovely! I’ve always liked doing a plethora of crafts – it’s the stress-free problem solving process that I love, whether it be with felt, fabric, wool, beads, embroidery or cross stitch!
Nothing wrong with multi-crafting! I’ve done more than just sewing for years. Though it is easy to get focused on one thing when you’re blogging.
The embroidery is cute. And I still like LOLCats too.