Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Stitchy Resolutions

Happy New Year! A new year means a clean slate, goal setting and making lists of all the things I want to sew in 2016. Here's a few of my stitching goals for the new year.

Samplers - I've been researching cross stitched samplers for the past year and I've been continually amazed at the work that was done by such young girls. This is one of my favorites and it was stitched by a 8 year old girl! I'm not much of a cross stitcher, so one of my goals this year is to work on drafting my own embroidery sampler pattern based off of the basic design of these antique samplers. Most of them always had some sort of a border design and/or a large graphic of a house or garden, they usually had either an alphabet and numbers or a quote of some sort and they almost always had lots of florals.

Dimensional work - Last year I dabbled in stumpwork embroidery and it completely got my wheels churning for ways I can incorporate this more into my embroidery work and improve upon it. In addition to just traditional embroidered stumpwork, I'm hoping to learn some more needle felting skills and figure out how to apply that to some dimensional embroidery projects.

Mixed Media - Lastly I want to do more with mixed media and my stitching; figuring out how to use quilting, paper piecing, felting and even paint in my embroidery. This sort of goes along with the dimensional work. I recently finished this hoop for my parent's wedding anniversary and I love how just adding that wedding veil out of ribbon changed the whole look of the design. I also have a secret project I'm working on with a friend this year and even in it's early infancy stage it's stretching me so much creatively. I'm super excited to see where we go with it and watch it come to life.

I've also got tons of just plain sewing goals too. I really want to start sewing more clothes for myself this year and I would love to start quilting - even on a small scale.

What about you? What are your stitchy resolutions for 2016? We would love to know! And what are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

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