I've been thoroughly enjoying hand embroidery lately. This is a dying art form.
I take my embroidery with me when I go to the play park with my 3 year old grandson. When children see me embroidering they stop, look, and run over with great enthusiasm wanting to know what I am doing. They have never seen that before. Their mothers or grandmothers don't embroider. Both boys and girls are amazed how coloured thread can make "pretty pictures". I always ask my grandson to help "hold" the thread end while I separate the strands. I ask him for his input and colour suggestions. Sometimes they are good, and sometimes they are not so good. I am exposing him to many different art forms while I have the privilege of watching him. He is actually starting nursery school next week . . . where did the years go? Being able to spend time with my grandson has given me the greatest joy I could ever have imagined. I love him so much.
Now back to primitive embroidery . . .
At an antique store some time ago, I purchased a long piece of vintage linen knowing that I would create with it one day. Well, that one day has finally come.
I printed Jenny's patterns then traced them with my Pigma Micron 03 black pen onto the vintage linen with my Light Box. There were 6 different patterns.
Below is the start of my embroidery. I chose different thread colours than Jenny suggested.
The outline stitches I used were also different from Jenny.
I really enjoy how the the stitches bring life to the fabric.
Colour really makes a difference in your finished art work.
I chose variegated teal, lime green, variegated pink, burgundy, and butter yellow.
These colours are bright and cheery.
I have 2 patterns to finish, a bunny and patchwork. Then, I will be collaging the 6 patterns with doilies and battenburg lace onto a vintage piano scroll. I have many to choose from.
This Primitive Embroidery will be displayed proudly on the 1st of many Vintage Piano Scrolls.
Stay tuned for the process . . .
Art can be displayed on walls, in books, on scrolls, or on anything you can think of.
It's up to you.
Have fun creating!