I have continued my commitment of hand stitching each day. I post these on Instagram daily. Trying to find the right balance between writing in my journal and stitching has been more difficult than I thought. As stitching itself is meditative, I was finding that when I came to reflect in my journal I had little to say. I was so keen to embroider that I let this go for a few days. However, today I began my journal first thing before working into studio. I haven't picked up my hand embroidery and it is the end of a long day on machine stitching - the real work of the studio at the moment.
I feel quite vulnerable stitching and posting. I had trouble beginning the face, but bit the bullet and got on with it. What if it doesn't work out? And here I am showing my efforts each day to a growing audience.
When I began I was in a rush, or rather more of a panic to know what to stitch. Some others on Instagram (#1yearofstitches) who are participating, record small objects that were present inter day, others explore new stitches. Even though it is a portrait, I began by exploring a new stitch each day, but now I am doing the face I am concentrating on French knots. Maybe there is something in me that is still wanting to make it lifelike or self-like. I could have been more daring and free up my stitching for the face. I might give it a go later as i have a whole year to stitch.
I try to only do about 30 minutes or so. sometimes it is only 10 minutes. it is the commitment of posting each day that is the impetuous. I am really enjoying it. However, no stitching while watching sub-titled Nordic noir television. Below is Day 12. I haven't yet stitched today.