Today I finished up my newest set of cross stitch smalls, Pansies & Periwinkle. Each small stitches up under 50w x 50h, and I chose to make them up as little ornamental pillows to display in my crystal berry bowl on my hutch. I stitched them on 14ct. hand-dyed jobelan-aida from Wichelt Imports in Cornflower and Mixed Berry, and used Sulky© Cotton Petites & Cotton Blendables. I really enjoy stitching with these threads as they lay so nicely, especially on the smaller pieces. The pattern can be found on my website.
I’ve also started a new daily embroidery project which I hope will sate the desire to get back to the ‘flower a day’ project that I completed in 2017. It’s been fun so far, but it’s still not pushing all the right buttons just yet. Maybe once I get further into it.
The weather is finally cooperating, (as are my knees!) so I think tomorrow I’m going to go for a walk about. If not tomorrow, by week’s end at least.
I spent two days walking outside this week instead of the gym; part of my commitment to find better health and reconnect with nature. As usual, I had my camera with me, and while I really wanted to get into a nature reserve it was still too wet. So instead I returned to Sibley Park.
This week I am working my way through a new set of cross stitch smalls. With the stitching of three of the four completed, I hope to have the entire project finished up in the early days of the new week.
I am not sure what I am going to start after that. I have new things in mind, but I’m not sure which direction I want to go. I have been kicking around a few ideas that will utilize needlepoint stitches and other specialty stitches as well as beading. So we will see where that goes. It’s something I have thought to explore in the past and then have found myself wandering in another direction.
My newest design, ‘Forget Me Not’, a six design set of smaller projects. The largest, (first image) is 90w x 90h, with the others all measuring under 40w x 40h, the smallest 20w x 20h. Stitched with Sulky Cotton Petites on 14ct. Latte Country French Aida from Wichelt Imports.
I find that I really find satisfaction in creating the cross stitch smalls. I still love the larger, more complex pieces, but I find myself in a bit of awe at the the detail that can still be captured in something so wee.
I also went on my first walk about on Friday. I’ve been working really hard to get back to some degree of good (or at least better!) health, and I am trying to get back to where I can wander the wild places again without feeling so broken physically when I get home.
I have always liked to just walk with an open mind and let my eyes move to the unexpected places. The hidden places. Compositions will present themselves.
Sometimes I get so caught up posting in other places that I forget to plop images over here, too. The Flower A Day project wrapped up some time ago, but here are some of my favorite images from the final panel and all of the panels put together; the measurement of the entire thing finished at 36″ x 36″ and it now hangs in my living room over my Grandmother’s old Singer sewing machine. Fitting, I suppose, as she was the one who taught me how to embroider.
I’ve puttered around with many other daily stitch projects since completing this, but I find that I really miss this project. So, I might find myself starting another and find some new twist.
A new project that I am really enjoying right now is building a mountain landscape using snow dyed fabrics and silks I dyed with men’s silk ties using silk dye-transfer.
I hope to dig into this with a little more regularity once I’ve met a couple of deadlines I have with other cross stitch designing obligations and model stitching.
It’s been some time since I have posted here, and thought it was about time I righted that! I’ve been experimenting with some different things in recent months, both in my free form hand embroidery and my cross stitch designing.
I have started working on a large piece that will eventually be fashioned into a blanket for my bed, measuring 54″ x 75″. I am using up all of the scrap bits of cotton floss I have in this, working the entire thing with a hodge podge of quirky Algerian Eyelets and random seed stitch.
I am fascinated by Egyptian Tent Making, and recently started a series of designs inspired by this art. I have ten different designs in mind for this collection, and have two finished. Above is the work on the model for the first.
What started with four designs has evolved into a series with twenty-one! My recent work is based on a variety of flowers. Most are stitched with The Gentle Art Sampler and Shaker threads. I’m currently working on the model for ‘Buttercup’. To see the others, visit my website http://www.carolynmanningdesigns.com and peek under the Garden Labyrinth Collection page.
And finally, I’m working on another new collection, this one will focus on cross stitch Smalls. This is the model for the first set. I’m stitching with Sulky cotton petites, both solid colors and the blendables. I’m working over one thread on 22ct. aida. I am really having fun with these smaller pieces. There is satisfaction in the quick finishes.
This year has been a busy one, delightfully so. I just wish there was more time to really explore everything that catches my creative eye. There’s still a few months left in the year. I think I’ll get to a few things yet.
Starting in May I am going to commit to the dive into more textile and fiber art while continuing to work on my cross stitch designing. I have found that working on a bit of ‘something else’ before I jump into the x’s helps give me focus; inspires me and pushes my creativity with my other design work.
These images are the 2″ x 2″ compositions I’ve been trying to do daily, with hopes of having as close to 365 by the end of the year as I can. They will all be pieced together in the same fashion as seen above. They are a joy to create, and it tickles me to see them all together like this.
A Year of Flowers: 2017 free form embroidery project. 34″ x 34″ of daily embroidery.
Knots: 2018 daily embroidery project using all colonial knots to create a pointillism-inspired landscape by the end of the year.