Something different

It’s a long time since I’ve done any embroidery or design thereof, but recently, the urge has started twitching at me, again.  My charting program was a sacrifice I made for the greater good when I switched to my new laptop last year (because the new laptop does not have a disc drive, and my charting program was on disc) – but even so, in the last 2 weeks, I have managed to chart 3 different designs using a painstakingly longwinded method I devised using Open Office Draw.  It’s almost as painstaking as drawing it out by hand on graph paper, but slightly easier to amend errors & try out alternatives.  Anyway, I managed it!

This is the second design that I charted, but the first one that I stitched, as the first charted design is quite complex, and having not stitched anything for so long, I thought I would ease myself in gently!  This one is adapted from an illustration by Jay van Everen in a collection of Jugoslav fairy tales by Parker Fillmore (c. 1921).  The story is called ‘The Laughing Prince: the story of the boy who could talk nonsense’,  and the image is part of a larger illustration featuring different elements from the story (right).  I believe this section of the illustration relates to the this part of the story; “the dampness had made the millet grow so well that its tops now reached the sky” – but I may be wrong, so don’t quote me on that!  I just loved the weeping willow-esque shapes.  And the bird.  For some reason I seem to have been drawn to bird imagery more than usual, lately…

Anyway, definitely time to invest in a new charting program (downloadable, this time) and make life a bit easier for myself!  But I’ve surprised myself by enjoying the manual process, in the meantime.

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4 thoughts on “Something different

    • Thanks for the suggestion – I hadn’t actually thought of that, but I don’t really think it would suit the way I work, anyway. I’ve found a downloadable programme, and I think that’s definitely the way forward for me. 🙂

  1. It’s beautiful! I find needlework so soothing when the chaos rages around me. A pattern, a soothing rhythm, a finished product! Nothing soothes the soul as much as a project completed, no matter how small.

    • Aw, thanks Linda (although I obviously can’t take credit for the design!). I do agree about the rhythm of stitching – very soothing & satisfying – but I may need to return to needlepoint rather than counted thread, as I am definitely feeling the strain on my eyes, lately!

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