25 August 2012

Inspired by Stitching on Paper

Over the last few weeks the lovely and charming Clair has provided a free course on her blog called Stitching on Paper. Not only have there been some great ideas but also a whole heap of inspiration from guest designers.

I was suitably inspired. I love hand embroidery and have also been captured by the recent trend of geometric pattern. I decided to combine the two.

I searched some cool patterns on pinterest and decided to try a cubic shape.
Well, let me tell you, on pinterest it looks really easy. In reality... I got through so many pieces of squared paper trying to work it out!

One totally frazzled brain later I have it just about figured. I covered some cardstock in book paper and punched my holes.

I then chose a lovely green thread and got cracking with the sewing. It was very therapeutic, sitting by the window, pushing the needle in and out of the stiff paper.

The design came together well but I felt it needed something a bit more. Using pinterest again, I found a quote that I had pinned a few weeks ago.

"At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again."

It seemed to sum up the complicated geometric shape well, and echo the process I went through when creating it. As well as being a good phrase in every day life.

I scrawled it around the edge of my embroidery and then backed it onto grey card.

The finished piece sits in my Bible as a constant reminder to look again when things appear tough.

Thank you Clair for some great inspiration and a fun little course!


scrappyjacky said...

It was worth the effort,Abi....it looks great.

debs14 said...

wow Abi, that really is lovely!

Jimjams said...

This is stunning Abi - well worth the effort!

Sian said...

It's really, really lovely!

you've been playing with your blog design again - it's looking wonderful

Lou said...

it does look lovely!

Clair said...

My word Abi! You really took the inspiration and ran with it. Not many people choose to jump in at the deep end but your perseverance was well worth it. What an amazing project. Thank you so much for sharing x

Clair said...

By the way, I don't get called 'charming' all that often :)

humel said...

Oh, Abi - this is beautiful! And your Bible is the perfect place to keep it, what a good idea :)