Wednesday, December 28, 2016

1 Year of Stitches

The blog Brown Paper Bag is sponsoring a year-long embroidery project called 1 Year of Stitches. The goal is to fill a hoop entirely with stitching (any color, any design, any theme) by working on it a little bit every single day for an entire year. You can read the details here.

I decided to play too, and I'm ready to start on January 1.This is a 12" hoop, and the fabric is plain bleached muslin cotton. I will use regular embroidery floss, though I might add beads here and there. I have no idea what I'll do with the piece when it's done, but in this case the *doing* is the point.

Though I will free-form-make-it-up-as-I-go, I also choose a loose design scheme: a ROYGBIV color wheel, which each wedge predominantly shades of that color, hopefully fading and transforming into the next color. I drew the lines to give me a notion of the wedge size, and I wrote the color names on the fabric just to remind myself what goes where. All of the ink will be covered by stitching.

You can use any size hoop, any background fabric, any floss, any color, any theme, any stitches.

I think it's going to be great fun, and I will, of course, update pics. I don't anticipate working on it every single day, since I'm kind of a *burst* crafter. But however it happens, it'll be an adventure.

I don't do Twitter, but I'll post on Instagram and Facebook. They ask for posts to be tagged thusly:  #1yearofstitches; @1yearofstitches; #bpbstitches so everyone can watch everyone's progress!

I hope you will play along too!