Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Recurring motifs 2 -- wreaths

I wrote yesterday about featherstitching and how frequently it appeared in my daily art project last year.  Many times the branches wrapped around into wreaths, especially as I got better at stitching freehand circles.

Here are some of them:

Update:  I'm linking to Nina-Marie's weekly blog, where you can see what other fiber artists are up to.  Check it out here.


  1. just beautiful, love the color choices too.
    thanks for sharing

  2. Any kind of hand stitching elevates a work to a new level. Yours is wonderful.

  3. Your wreaths are lovely- do you do them completely without marking? I think mine would always look lumpy on one side!

  4. Such patience, I have none! But i love your work~!


  5. Lovely. I find embroidery very calming and I'm assuming you do too.

  6. I enjoyed seeing your hand embroidery. I've found that I have been using it more in my art quilts. My favorite is the first one pictured.

  7. Thanks everybody for your kind words! I do find hand stitching very calming, and if you do it in small bits it doesn't take all that much patience.

    Shannon: yes, I do them all without marking. At the beginning of the year a lot of my wreaths and circles were indeed lumpy (see my post on Jan. 18) but with practice they got much nicer.

    You can mark a circle by tracing around a spool or small glass with the dull end of your needle. It won't leave a permanent mark but will give you enough of a guide to do your stitching. I would never put any pencil mark on anything I sew (including those alleged washout markers) but often use the end of a needle, the tip of a crochet hook or a plastic hera tool.