It’s funny how sometimes you seem to be making giant strides and things are falling into place all around you, and other times every tiny step (or stitch…) seems like a huge effort and then you stop altogether for a while. June has been one of those latter times for me, and this is all I’ve done, creatively speaking, since last time I blogged.

gathering calico

I love these effects (and of course I immediately want to dye them!). But I need to go much further and, for that, time must be set aside and guarded.

Plenty of other things have been happening, with work, family and life in general – good things, but time consuming. However, I was determined when I started the OCA course to not let the stuff that happens get in the way of spending at least 15 minutes on textile work each day, and I haven’t been doing that. I miss a day, then two, then a week…

Well, I wrote this to motivate myself and for a bit of accountability so I’m heading off to my workroom now, but before I go, a shout out to any members of the UK Embroiderers’ Guild who read this. Members have set up a web ring and a Flickr group to share work and celebrate being part of the Guild. Please join in and spread the word in your branch and region :-).

tiny steps

9 thoughts on “tiny steps

  • June 21, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    great little steps here. love it.

  • June 22, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    We all have slow times and I think we creative folk need it too.
    It’s hard to just sit with it sometimes but I think in the long run It benefits my work when I have pauses.
    Be kind to you’re self!

  • June 22, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    I was just about to suggset “the Art of Manipulating fabric” but now I see it on your reading list!

  • June 23, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Your manipulated pieces are lovely Fiona. I found those rather difficult at the time, but now I think I would enjoy making them. i had that book too but a friend borrowed it. It’s OK as I have one of hers too :))
    I hope you don’t mind that I used a paragraph from your blog on mine to advertise the Ring and Flickr groups?

  • June 24, 2008 at 4:05 am

    you have a really lovely blog! I’m so glad that I came across it 🙂 best wishes on finishing your project!

  • June 24, 2008 at 9:38 am

    these would make great,albeit not orthodox, shibories 🙂
    and yes, i dyed my scarf twice.

    neki desu

  • June 24, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Good to see you back with some interesting samples. Thanks for the link to the EG flickr site – I’m not a member as I’m not an embroiderer but great to see the variety of work.

  • June 24, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    🙂 I was just reading The Art of Manipulating Fabric and thought about your samples on Flickr. Very nice and maybe a beginning of something bigger.?
    There is time for everything…

  • June 26, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Thank you for your kind comment, I should have had these pieces to play with as well. I particularly like the gathered ring.

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