Wednesday, July 29, 2009

embroidery to the moon

Last week, I started to read Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon. A family I am close to had just returned from a trip to France, and I wanted to dedicate some of my mental travel to their recent experience.

I'm really enjoying the book. Some sentence may take me away from the text, my mind might wander, I'll go down a different path, but I can always return to the task at hand: exploring Gopnik's expat life in the City of Lights. I find his writing engaging, thoughtful, and quiet. I believe I could use similar discourse to articulate what I enjoy about embroidery.

cherries on flour sack

I've finished a few more tea towel projects since my last post. I like that the projects are so focused. There's a clear finished point, a last stitch to be made. Watching a movie, my project in my lap, the pleasing repetition of stitches and tracing a line; it's a quiet practice.

I am a sucker for combining color, for finding just the right colorway. I love picking out a pattern, and then going to pick out a few colors for the project. I find it exciting to see colors together in tiny perfect skeins.

Also, as everyone is concerned with being more conservative with their spending, I think embroidery is perfect. The tools and supplies needed are very inexpensive. It's one method of creative embellishment that can turn old projects or clothing exciting again.

Today, I am working on my quilt top, and I am considering embellishing the quilt with little embroidered arrows. We'll see!


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Blogger Sweet Tooth Crafts said...

embroidery + movie = the best!!
p.s. I added you to my google reader and am going to add you to the blog roll on my craft blog! feel free to add me to yours too! <3

8:11 PM  
Blogger Hello Amber! said...

This is wonderful! I was just about to tell you that I have a handkerchief with the same cherry design embroidered on the corner by my friend Niku, and it seems she has replied to this entry too! I love that handkerchief. I'd love to get into embroidery, but of course I never think of it when I can go out and buy supplies, I only think of it when I'm watching a movie and wishing I had something to do with my hands.

I added your blog to my links, too!

2:20 PM  

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