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Friday, 5 February 2010
I've always been a doodler. I can't draw in any meaningful way, but if you give me a sheet of paper and a pencil, it won't stay blank for long (a fact which has frustrated me over the years, but this isn't about that). My doodling is just another form of fiddling - something I'm naturally inclined towards. If you ever saw me and my inability to sit still for two minutes, you'd understand.
Anyway. I was just starting out with this embroidery idea, and I was trying to think of things I could do to practise. And one of the obvious things seemed to be to try and doodle, but with thread.
So I started out by 'sketching' a flower:
That was partly inspired by my very first attempt, but also because this basic motif is something I draw all over the place, and also something I'd be very happy using to prettify my clothes in future.
Next, another one of my regular scribbles - holly leaves (because it's not that far past Christmas... umm...).
In case the magic of the internet makes this all look too easy, I should assure you that it wasn't. These little images, which would have been five-second sketches, took more like half an hour when I was using a needle instead of a pencil. And you don't want to know how many stitches I had to unpick and re-do (sometimes several times).
Still, I'm making progress, even if only in baby steps.