Just launched a new page right here on my website dedicated to all things STITCH MEDITATION, SLOW STITCHING and some EMBROIDERY LINKS. Now you can find all the links, photos and videos that I have posted on my FACEBOOK artist page, Sue Freebern Designs and others I have found in one spot! No more looking and digging for them when needed for inspiration! YAY! Hope you enjoy it. Click here or go to the top of my website to the page named STITCH MEDITATION/SLOW STITCHING!
Inspired by Liz Kettle's video on STITCH MEDITATION and a BBC documentary by Judi Dench on her love for trees, I picked up some linen and decided to just add random fabrics together that I love and just stitch away. I have always wanted to add texture in my work and flat machine stitching on batiks and cottons just wasn't doing it for me. I love hand stitching but my arthritis has always stopped me in the past. The pain the next morning was sometimes unbearable. But this time I was determined to sew by hand. I thought about what it was that hurt them....hmmm...it was the pushing and pulling through the fabrics! AH HA! Linen is a lovely soft and open weave fabric so I grabbed a neutral colored piece and it worked! I added other very textured but loose fabrics like nylon and rayon and I enjoyed it so. I had no plans as I went along. I found a sheer that was brown and I wrapped and rolled. Hey it looked like roots! COOL! Hmmm. I was loving this. Then I decided to wrap the thread around the sheer to give it a more textured 3D look. Loved that too. So on I went. Each night before I would go to sleep I turned off the TV and sat and stitched. Not too long but long enough. I knew when I was done each night. It was my stitch meditation! Calm and relaxing.I look forward to it each evening and sometimes maybe in the day. I am auditioning this one with the 2 mats with the 4" opening. I think it works. Maybe you are inspired like I was? What makes you inspired? I love trees and hope to do a series of these soon.
NOTE: Click on STITCH MEDITATION (blue text) to go to that video. It looks like Judi Dench's video My Passion For Trees was taken off YOU TUBE. ENJOY!
Sometime inspiration just comes in a flash and ideas flow. Sometimes I have an idea but can't visualize it totally. I have to try and remember to look around and ask myself why is this subject something I like or even love. What is it that brings me joy. And sometimes what is it that stirs up emotions. Hmmm....I don't regularly use an art journal although I know it is important. Many artists write about the importance of keeping one but until it comes into your own consciousness on how important they are to your art then you might not use them. Not just because someone told you to.
Lately I have been looking back at some of my journal entries and I am starting to realize how important they really can be to my current or future work They are an expression of what I was feeling on the inside at the time of the entry. A part of my spirit so to speak. Looking back is like looking back on the path I traveled at that time to where I am thinking now. So I need to realize each time I think about a subject and try to stir up more inspiration I don't have to start all over from scratch! I can look back and see where I have been before, how much I've traveled with that same bit of inspiration and then think about how I feel about it now. I can add an entry in my journal by drawing, sketching, clipping ideas out and gluing them in, playing with color or just about anything at all. I don't have to rely on remembering it all in my head and getting frustrated. If I just used my journal to get my thoughts out, each time I feel the twinge of inspiration, the journal would mean a lot more to me and I believe I would get even more inspiration flowing. Even if the entries don't turn into something right now...they are traveling on the way to be something in the future.
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