This workshop uses readings, words, exercises to stimulate your imagination to visualize things. It is a process that takes time, but can be helped along by constant practice. As you stitch, your mind will be wandering through a maze of ideas that you must capture in your sketchbook - no matter how unimportant they seem. You can write them or scribble them. Just collect them and they will reveal a memory worth stitching about. I offer you two readings that reflect the necessity of being open to what is possible. You can't hear, if you are not listening.
You Will Need
- A sketchbook or notepad to record your ideas
- An embroidery needle
- DMC floss in your choice of colors
- Muslin as a foundation layer
- Stabilizer under the muslin or an embroidery hoop, if you prefer a firmer stitching surface
- Miscellaneous scraps of fabric - pieces of old clothing, handkerchiefs, dishtowels, leftovers from quilting or a piece you may have started that had no home until now
- Ribbons, yarns, beads for embellishment
You will be using a basic running stitch to attach one piece of fabric, before adding another. There is no planning or laying out of the project. Allow the thoughts you record ( in your notebook) as you stitch to direct you to each piece of fabric. Don't remove stitches that look messy. Just keep stitching. You can make other shapes or write words with your running stitches.
"…one can go seeking a find something that one was not looking for. One can find something and see in it something that one has been seeking." -Bell Hooks
"And your doubt may become a good quality if you train it.
It must become knowing, it must become critical. Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it,
and you will find it perplexed and embarrassed perhaps, or perhaps rebellious.
But don't give in, insist on arguments and act this way(: )watchful and consistent, every single time,and the day will arrive when from a destroyer, it will become on of your best workers…" - Rainer Maria Rilke
Finish these sentences.
Give thought to these beginnings and answer carefully. You don't have to say who you are or what you do for "I am." You can add an adjective such as "aware" to give the sentence a new direction.
You can revisit these beginnings each week, and the sentences should evolve as you work on your project.
I hope you enjoy the process!
This lesson is meant for personal use only. Contact me with any questions.