Friday, March 3, 2017

Freestyle Embroidery & My Instagram Addiction

Cinder And Honey
Cinder And Honey
Cinder And Honey

Sew And Saunders 

Sew And Saunders 
Sew And Saunders 

Sew and Saunders 

Sarah K. Benning 

Sarah K. Benning 
Sarah K. Benning 


Tessa Perlow 

Hello Friends! How have you been? Sorry I've been MIA from the blog for awhile. We all need breaks to recharge our batteries, right? During my hiatus, I was involved in helping a few homeless folks in my city. Together with that, I spent way too much time on Instagram swooning over the work of freestyle embroidery designers and other cross stitch designers. I bought some beautiful hand-dyed pink wool from my cross stitching buddy, Jacob, across the pond. I was dazzled and bewildered with the amount of beautiful Instagram photos available 24/7.  Instagram was my addiction. I was distracted. I was annoyed by my lack of focus. There were a number of people who shared politics along with their arts and crafts. Like bitter pills, I take my politics in doses. All of this Instagram information was a very strange brew leading to burnout.

I find it hard to control how many brownies I eat. I can't seem to manage how much time I spend ogling Instagram photos or reading endless comments or watching videos of folks who exercise five hours a day or live in vans or eat vegan Australian food or journey around the globe. I'm rambling too long here. It's cathartic to write this. Thank you for your patience. I suppose everyone must find their own way in life, both online and in the real world. The journey continues....

In the world of freestyle embroidery on the 'gram, I'm drawn to the work of Cinder And Honey, Sew And Saunders  and Sarah K. Benning. Sarah is a traveling artist. Plants are her thing. You can read more about how Sarah quit her day job, at Whole Foods, to travel to Spain and pursue her embroidery passion on The Everygirl.  (As a side note, if you're looking for some cozy comfort food, The Everygirl also shared my Butternut Squash And Apple Bisque, along with many other delicious recipes here. Sorry for shamelessly plugging my recipe.)
But back to chatting about embroidery.... All these freestyle designers sell both their finished work and a rotating assortment of PDF patterns in their shops. I've purchased a finished floral hoop art piece from Tessa Perlow.  I even took the freestyle plunge and purchased a PDF pattern from Cinder and Honey and one from Sarah. Sarah's PDF's are full of photos, diagrams, details and helpful tips for beginner freestyle embroiderers. Sarah also travels around the country and Europe, teaching embroidery classes. Since I try hard to create clear and easy PDF patterns, I'm picky about the ones I purchase from other folks in the biz. Sarah's exceeded my expectations. The thing I love about all embroidery (from cross stitch to freestyle) is the glorious texture. I hope you enjoy looking at the work of these talented embroidery artists. 
Until next time....Happy Stitching Sweet Friends! 
Thank you for your business and your continued interest in my work.
 xx ~ Jilly         

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