I’ve finished putting together my bits and pieces of embroidery that were part of my Australian needlework. When I stitched the background, I had no notion of what it would become. I had decided to start with parallel lines of running stitch is a variety of colors with a mixture of different orientations thrown in for good measure. As it turned out, the lines reminded me of school notebook paper. I stitch on the embroidered animals with a raw edge, fast running stitch style and then filled in the lines with journaling. The black text helps to integrate the colorful patches into the whole.
*I’ve stitched two other trip commemoratives:
Thanks to my children, I’ve seen parts of the world where I wouldn’t have visited if they hadn’t been there.
*And there is this one, a compilation of our many trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:I stitched it a long time ago and have added more hiking patches as we have hiked more trails. Sadly the patches are no longer being made, so several of our hikes are undocumented.
My personal style has changed quite a bit since I made these last two. I’m doing so much hand embroidery now; it is sure to be featured in some way in the Australian piece. I’ll also be using the Australian hand dyed fabric from Sharon. Other than that, I have no plans yet at all. Time will tell.