Tuesday, January 28, 2014

what if? - abandoned projects

What if I like in-between projects? What if I have the bodies of many of those projects, tucked in various drawers and boxes? What if I join Arlee's hand embroidery Facebook Group (already happened)? What if I dig out one of these projects and start working on it again (again, already happened)? What if I show you some progress photos? What if I say that I originally abandoned this piece because I didn't like the fact that the braids were going 'wonky'? What if I say that I preferred them straight?
What if I was persuaded to embrace the 'wonkiness'? What if they were right? What if I included a "wonky" section, then some embroidery, then 'straight', then more embroidery, then more "wonkiness"? What if I added some beaded backstitch?
What if I say that I'm enjoying the process? What if I say that I'm using my own, machine wrapped braid? What if I say that it doesn't really matter, because the handwork is the entire point of the piece? What if I say that the piece is 5 1/2" wide X 70" long? What if I say that I'm just past the halfway mark? What if I say that I may need to repeat some fabrics? What if I say that I don't think anyone would notice? What if I say that I've already raided a friend's stash? What if I say thank you? What if I say that I'm happy with my overall progress? What if I say that I'm totally in love with the process? What if I say that I won't give up all of my other techniques? What if I say that this one is particularly restful and relaxing? What if I say that I love blues and greens?
What if I say that I'll have a lot of TV to watch, before finishing this piece? What if I say, what do you think?

11 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I say it's fabulous. I love it:)

Paper rainbow said...

this is beautiful, I love it so much!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What if I say I love it?? Of course you know the colours speak to me. The wonkiness (if it actually IS that and not the design) just means that it's not machine made.

Beth said...

What if you want to make another!!! in a different color way?

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Mary Ann, PaperRainbow, MA and Beth, thank you all for loving it as much as I do!

MA, honest the first "wonkiness" was totally unplanned, unless it was my subconscious fighting to get out. The next "wonky" section is totally planned.

Beth, you know that I want to make another red. What colour do you think I should make? Of course, it might take another couple of years, but then again, that's what in-between projects are all about.

Linda Kittmer said...

What if I say, "OMG!!! This is absolutely stunning!"? Already did!!! Anne Maria, I absolutely love this. I'm totally inspired to play with this idea!

Linda Kittmer said...

Anne Marie, can you tell me how to find this FB group you mentioned. It sounds like something I'd enjoy. Thanks!

Lies Koster said...

What if I say I like it (very much, including the thoughts and the process/ progress) huisvlijtigliesje.blogspot.com

pam T said...

I think it's fabulous!

pam T said...

PS... hand embroidery has been calling my name. Any tips, ideas, groups, classes (on line) to suggest??? NO machine embroidery, eek!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks so much, Linda, Lies and Pam T!

Linda and Pam, the hand embroidery Facebook group I belong to is called Filaments, Fibris and Lisles. It's a closed group and all new members need to be juried in by Arlee Barr. There should be a "Join" button, but be prepared for a wait for a respose.