Sunday, 8 August 2010

Scatty Progress



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....

19 comments:

Emma said...

I think that if jumping around from one thing to the other works for you then you should carry on with it! I'm loving the flags....bet they'll look great when they are done! x

welcome to egypt said...

thanks

nice embroidery art
thanks

sherif from Egypt
some desighs at the following blog
i hope u like it

http://www.embroidery21.blogspot.com/

Katie said...

You are doing an awesome job! I wish I had the patience for work like that.

Louiz said...

Looks really good Rachel.

christine said...

Soooo ... when you run out of fabric for the flags, does that mean you stop travelling?

It's progressing really well:-) x

Moogie said...

Wow... great job. Needlework soothes the soul.

Jeanne said...

It's beautiful.

Guess you're not going to do ours, though, since trying to stitch those little bitty stars would make your eyes shrivel up in your head.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I had to have a carpal tunnel arm brace to do my few cross stitch projects I tackled. I think the scattiness probably helps your tendons!

cornflakegirl74 said...

This looks great! I know the feeling all too well, but the end result is what (usually) keeps me involved in the process. Best of luck and can't wait to see when it's all finished :)

ScoMan said...

I like your approach.

Get bored with one thing, just skip across to another until you're tired of it.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I don't think my mind work in straight line. Thank goodness my husband's does.

MJ said...

That's pretty awesome - I want to try this now!

Deirdre said...

I like skipping around between hobbies too.

It looks lovely so far.

Moni @ CL Journal said...

Following your blog, thanks for visiting mine.

I like your embroidery piece! I know what you mean about being all over the place, I am like that myself. Thing is, I used to think it was a bad thing until I read a book by Barbara Sher who said it was normal.

That was all I needed to hear! : )

Can't wait to see what the finished project will look like!

The Blonde Duck said...

I wish I could do embroidery.

Writing Without Periods! said...

Love your work. I need to get to the sewing story and start a new project.
Mary

Mama Hen said...

Oh my goodness I love it Rachel! It is beautiful! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

Dave King said...

That's not "scatty", it's seeing and working over the whole picture. Gestalt is one name for it.

Kazzy said...

Is there anything you CAN"T do? :) The embroidery looks fab!

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