My Latest Craze - The Threads and Strings of Embroidery

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I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. I’ve attended countless classes and art shows with my mom during my childhood. When I say countless, I mean it! Everything from quilting with the Calico Geese to porcelain doll making with a local artisan.

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I can’t say I loved it all, but it did give me an appreciation for everything handmade and because of those experiences I grew to love crochet. It’s my craft of choice but recently I’ve wanted to branch out and discover something new.

With Embroidery busting out of the seams as to new HOT craft, I decided to try it out. Let me warn you, Punch Needle, is NOT the same as embroidery! The tools are little dangerous and I couldn’t quite get it even though I felt like I was performing the same motions as the teachers on Youtube.

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Preferring immediate gratification like I usually do, opting for smaller projects that can be whipped up in a few hours but no longer than a day, I bought new materials and started stitching!

If embroidery is your thing, I’d love to see some of your work and please, I’d love feedback on mine. Keep in mind…the projects I’m sharing are only my first few. With the work I’ve already accomplished, I’m able to see the difference in stitches and the importance of spacing.

I have never worried that embroidery’s association with femininity, sweetness, passivity and obedience may subvert my work’s feminist intention. Femininity and sweetness are part of women’s strength. Passivity and obedience, moreover, are the very opposites of the qualities necessary to make a sustained effort in needlework. What’s required are physical and mental skills, fine aesthetic judgement in colour, texture and composition; patient during long training: and assertive individuality of design (and consequence disobedience of aesthetic convention). Quiet strength need not be mistaken for useless vulnerability”.
― Rozsika Parker, The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine
— https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/embroidery