Right back to the sketch

As I mentioned in my last post, if I want to create embroidered art I need to go right back to the sketch. But where to start, I have so many books on drawing and wild flowers in art, many I inherited from my Grandma others I have bought in charity shops. If you have always thought that ‘Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ by Edith Holden was a book that only lived in charity shops then think again, it is amazing example of botanical sketches through a year in the British countryside (and it is interesting to compare weather patterns, so British!)
However, reading books is a long way from actually putting pencil to paper, where do i start? I can copy photos but I’m not sure I can compose a piece of art. However, my fear of making a start was eased a little when my 8 year old asked about making some victorian costumes for her toys so I had a hunt through my books to see if I could give her some ideas, I have two period costume books and in one I found a sketch I had done when I had planned to make my own wedding dress. I finally bought my dress as my dressmaking skills are not great but the sketch and the idea still appeal to me:

I know it is not perfect, the twist at the bottom doesn’t work but the idea and the shaping is ok. So, if I could do it then I should be able to play with some ideas now. Hmm,

New beginnings

It was with slight trepidation that I picked up my needle the other day, the first time in about six months. I had lost my way with embroidery a little, starting lots of different projects and never finishing one, too many moments of inspiration that spread me too thin.

Having moved house last September I have also been distracted by decorating and getting settled, however, new year, new start. I returned to an old project, a small tortoishell butterfly as there is a lot of opportunity to practice the basic stitching again, not too much colour grading. I still love it, I am a little rusty but loving the repetitive, meditative split, pull, jab, motion. I am not saying it is perfect, far from it, but enjoyment is the start.


I am going back to the start, right back to the initial sketch, how should I compose a piece of work? What is the best material to use? What equipment should I be using?

At this point in in time my website and blog is purely selfish (I am even working under my own name instead of Love in Idleness). I am not making pendants anymore, I am sewing for my own enjoyment, if something comes of it one day in the future that is great but for now I am indulging in my hobby. I will try and be honest, I will show my complete disasters as well as the peices that I am reasonably happy with (this could get messy).

Let’s see what happens…