I spent most of this week playing with a book I found at our library. It's by Lesley Wilkins and called Blackwork Made Easy: Techniques, Patterns, and Samplers. The illustrations are gorgeous and I've always had an intellectual affair with blackwork.. meaning I've thought about doing it, kitted up a couple of charts, but never did anything with it.
Now I've made a chart, which will probably get kitted up and set aside for when I decide I've finished enough UFO's (unfinished objects) and played with a couple of things I've already been promising myself I would do. Like the previous blackwork chart I kitted up for myself.
I fell in love with the dragon design in the book and just had to sketch him out before I returned it. Then he looked sort of sad and lonely on the page, so I gave him a friend. Then I doodled with some border bits that I thought were interesting. The next thing I knew, flowers had appeared and I decided he was in a garden. So more flowers and creatures were added to make the picture filled out.
As I was working, it occurred to me that my best friend would really enjoy this piece, so I personalized it with her surname.
All of the motifs are from the book. I really had fun playing with it. I doodled out a few other things, but they haven't turned into anything fun like the dragon did. I do believe I will be purchasing a copy of the book though. There are so many gorgeous designs inside.
I've also been playing with designs for two charts that each feature a piece of my recent poetry. Neither of them are finished though. I keep changing too many things.
I also found the fabrics I'm going to use for the sashing on the appliqued table runner.
The purple was so seductive... I bought a full yard even though I only needed one third of a yard.
I wanted to get more done on the runner this week, but the sun was out on more days than not, so I wanted to be upstairs where I could see it. And the stitching designs had my attention anyway.
Thanks for checking in this week. See you next time!