Sunday, 8 August 2010
I've been getting on with my latest embroidery project - not with any particular hurry to finish, but when I have a spare moment, I'll pick it up and add a few stitches here and there.
It's coming along nicely - and I'm finding it very interesting to watch how it unfolds, since I don't have a list of instructions to tell me what I should be doing in what order. In particular, I'm noticing that my embroidery process is scatty in much the same way that my writing process is scatty. I skip about on a whim, not finishing one flag (or colour) before moving on to the next. In the picture, you can see four unfinished flags, at various stages of completion.
This is how I seem to approach everything. When I'm writing, I'm usually actively working on four or five chapters at any given time - sometimes more. I struggle to find the motivation to work in a straight line, but by skipping around, I can just work on whatever seems like it might be fun.
P.S. Elizabeth - you said you might have some ideas for how to capture the fiddly bits (like, say, Mongolia). I think I'm almost ready to hear your suggestions....