Thursday, March 19, 2015

Improv Embroidery

Improv: adjective, \ˈim-ˌpräv\, short for the act or art of improvising.
Embroidery: noun, \im-ˈbrȯi-d(ə-)rē\, the process or art of sewing a design on cloth: cloth decorated by sewing : embroidered material.

Improv Embroidery (#improvembroideri on Instagram): the process of embroidering without a pattern or instructions: free-form embroidery: as Rebecca Ringquist puts it "embroidering outside the lines"drawing/meandering with needle and thread.

What do you think it is? Do you think it is a movement in the making like Improvisational Quilting. Or is it already in full swing? Is there a history of this type of embroidery similar to Gees Bend to quilting? Let's talk about it.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I was commissioned to make a baby blanket. The person is a friend of my husband and her daughter is having a baby. The sex is unknown and the request was for a green, gray, and cream or white blanket. The rest of the decisions were designer's choice. I am in the middle of a Ripple Blanket by Lucy at Attic 24 and decided that I would go with that pattern. The yarn is from, StyleCraft Special DK. I think it ships from the UK, but if you purchase $50 in yarn shipping is free, otherwise it is $4.95--can't beat that! The yarn is $2.95 for 100 grams and it comes in a pretty large color selection. It is 100% acrylic but is soft enough and of good quality.

This was a fun project and I love, love, love the colors together!

I gave myself the stipulation that I could not work on anything else at home (did not include projects worked while on the train) until this was finished. It is done 2 months early!

Baci e abbracci...