Thursday, 3 May 2012

Counting those stitches...

I've been thinking over this last week how I'm gradually learning more and more about embroidery. New stitches, new techniques, new hints and tips. I am loving this process so much, and taking it at my own pace lets me play and explore, and not rush things too much. However, to inject a bit of fun and to try and keep tabs on my progress, I'm going to add a couple of stitch counters to my blog. One just for fun, one to act as a bit of a reminder on my progress.

The first counter is going to be for french knots. In my very limited experience, many people new to french knots seem to react in this way to them
1. French knots are scary and intimidating. I've tried them a couple of times but they either don't work right or disappear! argggh!!
2. I see. I can do them! Hurrah! Mystery solved!
3. Proceed to add french knots to every project...all the time.

Certainly, this is the way it has progressed with me. So, I'm going to keep tabs on all the french knots I have done ON FINISHED PROJECTS. Just for fun, because it tickles my fancy. I wonder how many I will reach? I'll go count up my current total and add the counter with my next post.

The second counter, will be a stitch counter. I know that the number of stitches you know or do, do not necessarily a good embroiderer make, and I will never shoehorn a new stitch in where it isn't needed, but I do enjoy looking for that perfect stitch to fit that idea I have in my head. This counter will act as a very rough progress chart for my descent into full embroidery obsession. Oh, and like the good like scientist I am, I had better quote my sources. I will count stitches in FINISHED PROJECTS that feature in 'The Embroidery Stitch Bible' by Betty Barden, printed by Search press. It will be interesting seeing that number slowly grow!

Back to actual embroidery, I've started a new project. I wanted to start something big, something that I could work on gradually when I finished other, smaller projects. I decided to head back to the sketchbooks, and I selected this image, on page one of a book a number of years old.
I've always liked this image, and the one line explanation at the bottom "He looked back once, and then he was gone". I like the fact that that is all there is. It's a portrayal of a moment. Which moment exactly I don't know, and I kind of like not knowing. Do you know what I mean? It's like a film that ends with possibilities rather that a fully detailed ending. I quite like those films.

Anyway, I decided to transfer the image full size, A4, and work on that. Since I transferred the lines, it feels like I've never put it down and I'm loving it!
Head almost done, but lots of added colour and definition to go!
I'm going for a full-filled realistic fur look, so the final feel will be less cartoony. I really need to get a few other things prepped for stitching, but for now, the strange, enigmatic wolf-guy will be keeping me busy :)

See you next time for geeky stitch-counter fun!


1 comment:

  1. oh your fur stitching looks great! Looks so similar to what I do *high five* it's indeed like painting or sketching with thread isn't it? Almost impossible to explain to someone else :D