Hi!! just give me a minute to compose myself....I am so honoured to be here. I hope I don't just babble, apologies now just in case because it has been known! I'm Karen, from England, from
Contemporary Embroidery, the blog with a lot of babble and a little bit of embroidery.
I don't have any a, b, c or 1, 2, 3 step instructions for you today. It's more of a little chat about my ''toe wrap'' and how if you just let go, take things as they come without plan or restriction then it is possible to create something truly unique.
First of all though I should probably explain what a ''toe wrap'' is.....basically it's a throw, a blanket, a comforter. I call mine a toe wrap because I happened to mention on my blog that I would use this piece to warm my feet in a morning, when I first get up and am curled up on the sofa drinking my first cup of coffee. I then got lots of comments with people shrieking, ''no!!! it's far too lovely to be wrapped around toes!!''...so toe wrap it is.....
This cloth started life because as I sat one day packing sold things from my shop, saying goodbye to more embroidery, I had a sudden realisation that I actually didn't have any embroidery for myself. I was the embroiderer with no embroidery......this special piece was then born. No plan, no image of a finished piece in mind, nothing except the desire to embroider and embellish and to have a piece of cloth to hold close.
The construction could be loosely equated to crazy patchwork, irregular size pieces, decorative seams, lace ruffs. A strip of buttons from a vintage blouse used to join two sections of embroidered gingham, rouleau loops at an edge and a seam...the possibilities were endless. It didn't matter if it didn't work, it was for me. There wouldn't be any chance of the customer complaining that a seam didn't match. The freedom of working in that way is truly liberating,, only having yourself to answer to.
I gathered old pieces of lace trim along with torn doilies. Special little scraps of fabric that I had been keeping for something special. I appliqued tiny clippings of fabric. I explored almost every embroidery stitch I know. Backstitch, chain stitch, spiders web stitch, cross stitch. I had so much pleasure making tiny one inchhexagons and joining them haphazardly.