I am addicted to these little stitched squares! This most recent bunch has turned out very well, I like all of them. I am still amazed at how scraps can be transformed into little treasures.
In this set of four, I played with making stitch flowers by filling in petal shapes with combinations of stitches, and then tried out a monochrome color palette:
More trials with monochrome, and then I jumped back into multicolor mayhem:
These little squares are a great way to audition color combinations. Think of them as preliminary sketches for larger pieces. I absolutely love the layers of textures that I combined in the square on the lower left here:
I wonder if the square I make for a given day reflects my mood at the time. I’ll have to pay more attention to that.
As usual, I have not accomplished everything that I wanted to in the last week. I have kept up with my four 4×4″ squares:
Here is a sneak peek of something new coming soon for all of the hand embroidery lovers:
The background fabric is a dyed vintage damask napkin. I have dyed hundreds of them and have them for sale at the quilt shows. They are easy to stitch through, I usually add a stabilizer to the back side to keep them from shifting and bunching. I love the way that the woven designs are enhanced by the dye, and they add a layer of additional textural interest to a piece with hand stitching. The vintage damask also machine quilts nicely. The damask napkins also find their way into my fabric collages, I use them as a base for adding vintage fancy pieces. They also work nicely in pieced blocks and applique designs.
Back on November 15, 2019, I posted about some little 4″ X 4″ squares I had completed. I have a goal this year to make four of these squares a week. We are halfway through the first month of the new year, here are my squares from the past two weeks:
Some of them are lovely little gems, others are not so hot. I’m not redoing any of them, or throwing any away. These are sort of a stitching journal, and a way to experiment with color and composition. Not everything that we make will be a masterpiece, and that is part of the creative journey.
On a side note, I am only going to be posting once a week this year in an attempt to work on some other things that desperately need my attention (UFO pieces and the rest of this website, for starters). Next week, I will share whatever progress that I have made over the upcoming three day weekend.
I have been having a discussion with myself lately about all of these daily or weekly projects that I am working on now, or that I have attempted in the past. Daily creative projects are great ways to discipline oneself into a creative habit, try new things, work out design problems and generate new ideas. However, I have been taking much longer than I should to complete my daily efforts. I get so wrapped up in the little daily things that I am not putting time into bigger projects that will be for sale or get entered into art shows.
The little daily stuff is just for me, which is still important, but not the only thing in my creative world. I don’t want to give them up, as the index card challenge has been a great learning experience, and I want to complete the past years that I started – that was a goal I set for myself, and there are so many goals that I have not met. I wonder how much more I would have grown creatively by now had I known about these little daily art doses in college or even high school.
Since I have not been stitching at all lately, I picked up the 4×4″ daily project again to get back into the needle and thread. Here are all the squares that I have done since attempting the challenge back in September:
Some winners, some not, I have learned from them all. Now I am behind again on the index card goal, and I managed to bring home five more books from the library to read. I am very glad I have all of these things to do.