The first stage of Bayeux is done, time to move on.
The three little dots represent my two friends and myself who read a book together over the summer. The blue thread of the head I got from Julie as a token of friendship and it felt the best thread to use in this part.
And now the symbol is stitched and it is time to create the background.
The rest of the letter I wanted to do in the Bayeux-stitch but getting around the corners was a challenge. At first I wanted to weave around it but unfortunately I couldn't get it the way I envisioned it and so I opted for this solution.
Some of you might remember the journal I made for Naja's 50th birthday past April. When I browsed through the little booklet of Courtney Davis I also found the start of another journey. I have been thinking and working on it ever since and now it is finally ready. It is a small project but filled with meaning which can only be discovered during a journey, a journey of slow embroidery to capture the connection hidden in a single symbol.
This is the original copy with which I started, the letter S of the Lindisfarne alphabet.
First I drew and coloured some examples and decided for the colours green and blue.
After that it was time to find a piece of cloth, making the drawing and finding the colours I wanted to use.
Three weeks ago I started something new, yep. I started a beginners course on Skals Embroidery. Most of you probably have no idea what this term means but it is the Danish name of free stitch embroidery which is taught at Skals design og håndarbejdsskole.
The first time we met we were handed some leaflets with the explanation of eight different stitches and we could get started. Since I'm no beginner, I came prepared with cloth, drawings, thread and needles but this wasn't the case for everybody ofcourse.
I started with the heart in for me unusual colours. The reason behind this is that I use old drawings of my little boy and therefore chose to work in his colours instead of my own.
Here is the plan for this piece and besides the drawings I also want to put his name in it. Under super kanin is the heart which you can't see because of the paper. Not sure yet if I want to make a pillow or a textile painting from it, not that important in this stage of the process.
The reason I got involved in a beginners course was that I really wanted to meet people who loved to embroider. We are with 9 women, most of them know each other since they are together in a knitting circle in Sønderborg, who all like to work with their creativity and that's really lovely to experience. Ofcourse I do hope that enough of them stick with it and that there will be an advanced course but for now we just stitch away!