Wednesday, May 11, 2011

By George I did it

Well I did a small sample anyway.
Firsly I would like to thank those who commented on my last post--you all got me thinking about why I was going through the frustration of trying to learn how to do Canvas Work.
I realised that I wasn't trying to be good at it -I just wanted to know how to do it.
I have admired this form of embroidery for a long time but I was always daunted when it came to doing it.
Finally on Monday I had a lightbulb moment---I realised that it was the size of the piece of canvas that was terrifying me not the working of the stitches.
We have all had that experience whether it be a piece of fabric or a sheet of artist paper--when we have a big blank object in front of us where do we start.
On Monday at the Embroiderers Guild someone gave me a bundle of offcut pieces of tapestry fabric about 6cm wide which I imagine had been trimmed off the edge of something that they had worked on.
I brought some of these pieces home with me to practise on and voila I could do it.
No problems -no fears just happy little stitches smiling back at me---well a couple of them got in the wrong holes but I managed to see them before I got too far along the row.
These little blocks are only 3 cm square and I think I will make them into a scissor keeper.
I will add some tiny beads in the centre and make a cord to go around the edge and also form a loop to attach to the scissors plus I will make a small tassel to hang off the end.

I think I will try another design and see how that goes.


Heather said...

Well done Doreen for not giving up. Your little samples are so pretty. I love canvaswork - it was the very first type of embroidery I learned from my Mum. The more you do, you'll find that you can see the hole you need to go down next, much more easily. It soon tells you when you've gone down the wrong one!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

YOU did it!!!!!!!
I knew you would - well done.
Lovely stitching and colours.

maggi said...

Lovely stitching - now wasn't that easy??

karen said...

these re lovely Doreen and you could end up with quite a good library for future reference.

Sandy said...

Good for you. These are perfect.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

George had nothing to do with it - it was all you Doreen! And I knew all along you could do it.

Annet said...

Yes, you did it! They are lovely, it will make a good scissor fob.

Penny said...

looking good, but I dont think I could do it. Looks so pretty.