I have lots and lots of craft interests... so many I can never focus on one. It is either a curse or a blessing. I always love learning new methods and using different mediums. If I could actually focus on something long enough to build up a nice little collection I think I could actually get somewhere with my artwork.
These are thoughts that are racing through my mind as I hurry to finish all of my items for the craft fair this weekend.
I have noticed that out of all my craft hobbies there are a few that I really gravitate towards. Like hand embroidery. I don't think I am super great at it and don't do very many fancy stitches, but I can make one hell of a french knot and sometimes the simplicity of something is what makes it work. I discovered this last night while I was working on an embroidery piece. I had the design semi planned out in my head, it was looking great and then I decided to try a add another element which I promptly pulled out. Less is more, also, new rule- don't over complicate things, often the result will still be lovely and it will be fun because you wont have stressed over finicky details.
I have been making some embroidery hoop wall art for the craft fair, I love the combination of embroidery and craft felt. I don't really like to use patterns, sometimes I will sketch out a really quick idea just so I don't forget it, but otherwise I like to just freehand everything. It's almost like doodling or painting but with thread and fabric. I think I am drawn to the textures and dimension that the mixture of materials make.
The pieces that I am working on are small, but I am now fantasizing about finding some really big hoops to do some large wall pieces. I think this is something that I finally feel I can find my niche in. Anyway, that's enough of this touchy feely, where am I going with my life/art whatever stuff.
Here is a peek at what I have been working on... and a cute beagle (that's Ed chillin' out) ...
I was not at all scientific with my placements of my constellation embroidery. So don't scrutinize too closely. Hercules and The Swan (I think) are not in such close proximity, or necessarily visible at the same time. I didn't really bother myself with research. My favorite is Orion. In Vermont I believe you can see the Orion constellation in the fall and winter months into spring. Well, for more accurate info if you are wondering here is a nifty link with some facts about our beautiful night sky...
Visit my facebook page if you would like to see some more images of crafty things I have been working on lately... And if you are in the area this weekend go Cabot's Apple Pie Festival!
Photos and artwork copyright April Borrelli - 2014. All rights reserved.