Monday, January 16, 2017

1 Year of Stitches - 2017

In 2016, Hannah Claire Somerville decided to embark on a year long embroidery project.  She worked inside a single hoop, using cotton embroidery floss and stitched every day for a year.  She documented her work on Instagram.  Sara Barnes wrote about Hannah's project on her blog, Brown Paper Bag and encouraged her readers to participate in the challenge in 2017.   I heard about it and was intrigued. 

I decided to participate and have created my own rules.  I am stitching on a single piece of gray even-weave linen.  I wanted my piece to grow organically throughout the year, and to include a variety of stitches and colors.  I wanted the piece to include different types of embroidery, since I have equal experience with work on counted grounds and free embroidery on other surfaces.  I am using primarily DMC cotton floss for the stitching.  In order to provide variation in my color choices, I am using the daily colors assigned in Llewellyn's Witches' Calendar for 2017.  I am trying to select a different stitch or variation each day, although that may not last.  Some sections include layers of stitching, that build on each others, others are independent.  I am using a hoop and am focusing on filling the interior of that hoop before moving onto other portions of the fabric.

My 1 year of stitches progress after 7 days, January 7, 2017

My daily progress is posted on Instagram, @Needlewoman99.  I am also sharing weekly progress pictures with the 1 Year of Stitches group on Facebook.  You can find work by other participants in the Facebook Group or by using the hashtag #1yearofstitches to look on Instagram.

Progress on my 1 year of stitches project after 14 days, January 14, 2017.

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