My Stitch Book got a work-out last night. Had to get into all that new thread. I learned a few important things about my style.
Have several needles threaded and ready to switch to. A longer needle is easier on my arthritic fingers, less scrunched pinching and pulling.
Draw a design - any design - first. I need the structure. The free-form wandering just gets me in trouble. Staying with a few colors kept that from being a total threadwreck. I'm not showing the part I don't like the most (and I am prettying things up with other work nearby). But it's also good to experiment and make mistakes as part of the process. This is the place for that.
When I sketch a little bird (or anything) first and then draw him on with the vanishing marker, he has a better chance. (Remove the marker marks later with a dampened Q-tip.) Still looks a little ostrichy, bald chicken funky, but I am starting to like him. He needs some body work though. Stitching through two layers of fabric makes it easier to manage a small piece without a hoop.
I love stitching those spiderweb stitches. They are a really good way to use up short thread left-overs. I make mine with 9 spokes and like seeing the tips. The daisy/chain stitch is easy to change up. Anchored in 2 places instead of one, it makes a nice, open leaf.
My coffee cup kind of matches today.
Going back in for more stitch play. Happy Monday, my friends.