|preparing for a Silver Spring threadpainting|
I spent my entire childhood on the farm, drawing. I didn't think it was a necessary step from photo to stitch. (Everyone said it was. I just didn't believe it.)
|Age 7. I drew this with a ruler. ; )|
I love how sketching out a photo draws me in to see more. I love how much it teaches me. For example, I learned that flowers never grow in isolation. They grow in clusters and clumps. Even the uncut grass naturally grows in clumps. I just noticed the grass in a picture today. How many times have I stitched grass!?? I should have known better.
As I sketch, the intended stitches become clear to me. I love how much it prepares me for the final piece. It simplifies everything I need to do. It allows me to make minor changes in composition before I begin sewing.
|from source photo #8039|
I never thought I would enjoy sketching first. I found it a very tedious task before, but now I can appreciate the benefits.
I also love the fact that it has been just over one year since I chickened out of having Carpal Tunnel surgery. Remember that? It's been over a year now with no problems thanks to regular therapeutic massage on my arms & shoulders! Awesome. That's where I'm heading once the kids are off to school... oohhhh I am definitely needing it after all the stitching and snow shoveling.