I love geography, probably because I don’t get to travel as often as I’d like. So I like to learn about places and I love to celebrate the places I’ve been and the places I love.
This line was inspired while my sister-in-law was in Kenya and I wanted to surprise her with a gift when she got home. So the first kit available is Beautiful Africa.
Everything in this kit has been updated. Our instruction sheets have been redesigned and they are gorgeous. Our thread holders are all printed and organized by thread color. Best of all, the patterns are printed directly onto the fabric so you don’t have to worry about transferring the pattern yourself. And everything comes packaged in a cute gift box.
I find the most fluid way to start an embroidery project is to look at color and pattern.
Everyday I am aware of color and pattern and if something strikes me I will take a photo or sketch something so I have it for later. I use evernote and pinterest to collect things online and a sketchbook for everything else.
Where do I find color and pattern in the everyday? I’ve noticed that a walk outside, browsing through the items at a favorite store, or flipping through magazines at a bookstore are fantastic resources for new images. It’s always good to get out to fill up your well. I especially love nature and architecture.
What an amazing week of inspiration we have seen so far in the creativity expressed blog series! I asked the ladies participating if they would send me a favorite blog post for this weeks gathered goodness. Check out what they sent me.
When you define your life with the word busy, that doesn’t leave much room for change. You can fall back on it easily because everyone else does too. You are probably trapped in a cycle of overwhelm with to-do lists a mile high and a circle of friends who haven’t connected in real life in months. Then you add work or kids to the mix and you are crushed under the weight of everything that needs to be done.
What if you stopped defining your life with the word busy?
Stitching is not just another thing to add to your packed schedule. This is a chance to redefine your life by relearning how to be in the moment. It is a practice and it will take time, but won’t it be worth it when you realize that you’ve just taken time to engage with your family at dinner, you met a friend for coffee twice in the past month, or you watched the colors merge and shift in a sunset for five minutes?