My head and sketchbook are filling up with projects I want to start and ideas I want to explore, but I don’t know what to do first. I already have several ongoing works in progress and really ought to try finishing some of them!
This is one my my latest big ideas, I’ve been enjoying doing some fairytale embroideries and wanted to do something a bit juicier, and you don’t get much more juicy than the Mabinogion. I’m not sure yet how my sweet and innocent little embroidered girls will approach the dark themes of these ancient stories, but it’ll be fun finding out.
This is quite a heavy-duty version of the Mabinogi that I have to really concentrate on when reading (with a furrowed brow and lots of re-reading sentences). Is it cheating that I’ve also borrowed a children’s version from the library? And is it terrible that I’ve borrowed an English translation too?
Here is a sneaky peek of another big piece. This is one of over forty small pieces of a larger whole, I’m pretty certain I’ll end up showing you all of them as they are completed, so watch this space.
The biro marks all over it are my new favourite embroidery marking tool, it’s a ball point pen that disappears with heat (such as an iron or a radiator – never leave unfinished work near a radiator!). It isn’t fool proof, if you use it heavily it leaves a shadow when it’s removed (as I’ve found to my frustration and annoyance on another work in progress) but if you use it more or less where you’re going to stitch over, it’s perfect. I’ve taken a risk here by using it on an unstitched area, but if it lets me down I could always fill it in somehow.
The pen is called ‘Frixion’ by Pilot and you can get it in different colours (red, black, blue, pink, purple), as a ball point, a fine nib (which I don’t like as it feels scratchy on the fabric surface) and a yellow highlighter. Get it, it’s amazing! You’ll end up drawing just so you can watch it disappear in front of the iron, and I get a delicious feeling of naughtiness in drawing with a ball point pen on fabric.
Right then, off I go to feed the family and stop the littlest one from climbing the telly. Tell me, how do other creative work at home mums manage to get any work done without small people clambering all over them and demanding their constant, undivided attention?