Last night I read about something Teresa is doing and was inspired.
I found a piece of cloth, embroidery floss, a needle, a hoop...and I was off.
I love the freedom of Teresa's piece but I know that I need more structure. I drew a grid and I plan to stitch within each square. I also really have to use a hoop.
When my sisters and I were very young, my mother taught us how to embroider. My sisters caught on and were very good. I liked to stitch but I wasn't very good. My sister Jessica's stitches were always perfect, on top and underneath. Beautiful, straight, tiny. Mine were irregular, sloppy, and a nest underneath.
I still stitch like I'm 7 years old. But I really like the charm of it. Last night, I stitched this heart. I started with the heart shape, added the tiniest of baby buttons, and then filled in the rest of the square. The stitches are thick and textural. I like it very much.
I went to bed very pleased with my first square. This morning as I made my coffee, an idea struck for the next square. Just yesterday, as I was cleaning out a cedar chest that was filled to the brim with stuff, I found a squashed bag of iron-on embroidery patterns that my mother had handed down to me. She and her mother embroidered countless pillowcases and dresser scarves with these same patterns. I found the tiniest flower and ironed it into a square. I am liking how it stretches beyond the square...this is going to be a good one. I'm going to use thinner thread and really work to make it finer, daintier work.
I think this work will help me put my mind at ease. I can escape for a little while, making something that doesn't require a lot of space or mess. I like this idea a lot.