Thank you so much for sharing your prayer requests with me and each other yesterday. My heart aches for those who are already in crisis and have had all of these new developments added to the stress and worry. I was also moved by my readers who wanted to help, encourage, and pray for those who left comments. This is a good group of people. I have been and will continue to pray for all of those who left comments and, of course, for our first responders, healthcare workers, all of the people who are serving us at the grocery stores, business owners who are facing tough decisions, and our leaders.
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I want to explore playing with combing yarn/thread and paint. I know there are so many amazing artists already combining different mediums, including yarn and paint, but I want to find my own way of merging my crafts. I got an overwhelmingly positive response on the color samples I painted a couple of weeks ago that I decided to continue along that line of creating.
What about making little “color samplers” that combine the swatches of oil color with some simple embroidery work. At this point, I just did my initials (as a signature) and a running stitch.
I don’t want them to get overly complicated, so it takes me hours to make each one, but I think the embroidery adds a nice touch. Maybe I’ll get more ambitious as I get better with a needle, though. I do have a lot of fun threads and yarns to play with!
The linen that I’m currently working with is leftover from an upholstery project.
This one, in fact…
I never know what I’m going to do with fabric remnants, but I have a hard time getting rid of them. Especially the antique linen. There is the promise of a little project in each one, so I sold them and keep them in my stash.
(By the way, I absolutely loved the painted finish on these chairs! You can see the post about their makeover HERE.)
I loved the color and nubbiness of this fabric for this particular project, but I’m looking for a new source because my vintage stash will eventually run out.
I’ve made up a few more samplers of blues, grays, greens, and landscape colors. They need to dry and then I’ll trim and press them and add any extra stitching to them. And then I plan on selling them with my next group of index cards. I really need to get this index card project finished. What was meant to be a warm-up after my shoulder surgery has been dragging on! It’s just been a busy season of life.
I love how creative journeys are meandering. They are curves and loops that keep you shifting, experimenting, and trying new things. I find so much joy and renewal in that. Not only am I not a cog in a machine, but I don’t even have a blueprint. It’s a total fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants process and I’ll see how it turns out right along with everyone else.
I hope to create more samplers and finish more index cards over the next couple of weeks, so I can have a sale soon!
How do you create? Do you need a plan or do you just wing it?