Adding to my list of age appropriate hobbies (as a garden and vintage loving 37-going-on-60 year old), is embroidery. I never thought I’d leave the paints and pencils behind for an unmistakably “craftier” form of art, but 2020 found me stranded at home, surrounded by kids, and looking for something mindless that would keep my hands busy and my thoughts dormant. What started as an easy form of therapy has evolved into a regular hobby + small business, and so here I am, putting some prose together to make it internet official.
I never thought I’d leave the paints and pencils behind for an unmistakably “craftier” form of art, but 2020 found me stranded at home, surrounded by kids, and looking for something to do in front of the TV at night that kept my hands busy and my thoughts dormant.
I often get asked where I get the designs that I make– they are all original and mostly free-handed. I’d seen some really pretty hoops done by others and thought it looked intriguing enough to try. The first thing I ever attempted to stitch was a small potted plant. It looked okay, but I was less than inspired and didn’t pick it back up again for months. Then one fine day I got inspired by the thick layers of color of Van Gogh’s work, and wondered about how his use of color and texture could look in fiber form. I started experimenting with landscapes and it didn’t take long to get hooked. There’s something really wonderful about choosing a color palette of embroidery floss and then watching the slow, tactile, rhythmic nature of passing needle and thread through canvas.
If you’re here, it means you’re also somewhat intrigued by fiber art. Let me encourage you to try it out if you never have. You never know where you may go!