From time to time I get in this period of feeling ‘meh’ about embroidery. Not because I don’t want to do any embroidery ever again, it’s just a feeling of not wanting to work on any of the projects I’ve already started (because there are always embroidery WIPs lying around!) and not having any ideas for a new project.
Instead of forcing myself to pick up one of those WIPs, I do the opposite. I tell myself that I can’t do any embroidery. I can work on other creative projects, drawing or sewing for example. But I can’t touch a hoop.
Until I reach a point where I have to. I must pick up a hoop and thread and get stitching. It is more difficult than it sounds, because I always feel like I should be stitching. Work on a new pattern or whatever. But sometimes I need that break. My hands or my brain need that fallow period, to get ready for something new.
And then one day, I find myself tracing a pattern on fabric, picking out thread colours and I feel super excited. Once I get started, I barely want to stop to go to bed and I can almost hear myself going ‘woohoo!’ inside.
That happened yesterday with this embroidery. It’s just a simple idea but I’m excited to finish it and see how it turns out. You can be sure I’ll be in my armchair tonight, hoop in my hand and stitching away. I can’t wait! :-)