I recently realized that I've been embroidering for 40 years. While its hardly fathomable that I could actually be that old, the truth is that I started my journey with thread when I was in high school!
That's right, I was the hippie kid in the 70's who embroidered her friend's denim jackets. In college I started crazy quilting, making my first wearable art in 1976 as a crazy quilted vest that still hangs in my closet (but sadly no longer gets worn - as it is very worn out).
In the 1980's I tried my hand at painting with embroidery thread, and in the 1990's I began incorporating embroidery into larger embroidered paintings.
And here I am today, having recently come back to the crazy quilting of my college days using embroidery to embellish crazy quilted chairs, pillows and wearable art pieces in the form of belts, necklaces and cuff bracelets. After 40 years, I am still loving it and still learning!
So - what's to love?
The Zen of it - the stitch after mindful stitch. Needing to be so careful about where the needle goes next and watching the unfolding of a beautiful pattern that is created out of a single thread and needle is very meditative for me. It's akin to a walking meditation where one is mindful of each step and of putting down one after another.
It's Slow Art - like the slow food movement its about the ingredients and how you put it all together. It's not factory made or easily reproducible. It takes skill but anyone can learn how to do it so it's also accessible.
It's Portable - I can take my needle and thread and canvas (whatever that base fabric is I'm currently working on) and take it with me and all I need to have tucked into my purse is a pair of scissors and a small pair of pliers. I have embroidered pool-side, at board meetings, on play dates with small children, and in front of the TV watching a movie. Pretty much anywhere where my hands can be busy.
It's Creatively Endless - There are a gazillion ways to put thread down on a million different kinds of fabrics and backgrounds. There is also a rich history of stitches and you could spend years trying to learn them all or you can make up your own! There is no right or wrong way - there are just many, many, many different ways to embroider.
The more I do it the more I love it.
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