How to be multi-craftual

4 Nov

So I finished another embroidery:
Oh hai cross stitch
Pattern: Mr X-Stitch (not currently up in his shop, but I’m sure you could message him if you want it!)

Fabric: 28 count laguna in white

Thread: Blue silk (I’ve lost the card, but I got it at the local needlepoint shop.)  

Technic R2-D2 is a fan!

The internet may be over the lolcats, but I am not yet ready to let them go, thus these lions.   This piece is my first foray into blackwork, a kind of embroidery that involves stitching in a single color (outlines only) on an evenweave fabric.  Traditionally blackwork uses double running stitch, but I’m lazy so I just used back stitch over the entire piece.  In traditional blackwork you plan your path and fill in every other stitch one way before returning the other direction and finishing.

I framed it in a plain hoop using this method, which avoids using any glue (I try to never use glue or tape on my projects!)  I used a machine basting stitch, but a hand stitch would have worked just as well.

Completing this piece (my second in a month) made me consider the fact that while I love needlework I rarely do it.  Same with knitting and crochet (these days at least!)  I think that many of us in the crafting community like to identify with one craft to the exclusion of all others .  I know that I myself am a bit obsessive, and I find it very hard to divide my time.

I have several more needlework projects planned this year – we will see if I manage to get to them!

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7 Responses to “How to be multi-craftual”

  1. macstabby November 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Love it! I’m a big fan of unexpected cross-stitch. I’m currently working on a piece for my husband- it’s a lyric from the Lonely Island song “Lazy Sunday” haha.

  2. kerri November 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Really great.

  3. Cami Douglas November 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    I used to cross-stitch when I was younger! This brings up some serious memories! Great work!
    Cami from lovethyhobby.com

  4. Sewing Sveta November 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    It is difficult to have many hobbies – not enough time for everything!%((

  5. Gillian November 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    It’s lovely! I’ve always liked doing a plethora of crafts – it’s the stress-free problem solving process that I love, whether it be with felt, fabric, wool, beads, embroidery or cross stitch!

  6. sunnyb64 November 6, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Nothing wrong with multi-crafting! I’ve done more than just sewing for years. Though it is easy to get focused on one thing when you’re blogging.

    The embroidery is cute. And I still like LOLCats too.

  7. gingermakes November 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Hilarious!

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