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 

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 followed his Instagram page. But instead of concentrating on my own work, I was dazzled and bewildered with the amount of beautiful Instagram photos available 24/7. There was no end to my viewing photographs, exercise videos or glimpses into kitchens, gardens and livingrooms. 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 Istagram 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....

Before I decided to not spend much time Instagram anymore, I was 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 took the freestyle plunge and purchased a PDF pattern from Cinder and Honey and one from Sarah. Cinder And Honey offers patterns that appeal to the vintage-embroidery-lover in me.  Sarah's PDF's are full of photos, diagrams, details and helpful tips for beginner freestyle embroiderers. 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.

I'm also eager to buy a finished piece from Sew and Saunders. I love the piece with lots of leaves done in beautiful teals, greens and golds (pictured above). The thing I love about all embroidery (from cross stitch to freestyle) is the texture. I hope you enjoy looking at the work of these talented ladies.  



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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