Free style embroidery

March 30, 2014

This week I have felt inspired to join in Lola Novas’s “Stitched Journal Project” link party.

It is a long time ago since I completed a HND in Craft at my local art college, the course contained lots of tasters of various crafts including embroidery. I suspect I have not experimented in stitching since then.


I collected a pile of materials, and had an experiment whilst the kids played in the garden (it’s been lovely weather this week).



Free style embroidery

I enjoyed playing with threads and stitches.


Sadly I am not as free at mark making as my tot,. it’s a shame that as adults we can become more inhibited when experimenting.


I hope you have had a creative week, as usual I am popping over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week,



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23 comments so far.

23 responses to “Free style embroidery”

  1. Oooh i love the colours you’ve used in your stitching experiments, you’ve inspired me to have a go!

    Kids are good at creating in a very free way aren’t they.. part of why i enjoy doing arty things is the fun of getting back into that child like mindset, if only for a short time! 🙂

  2. Lola Nova says:

    Those colors are wonderful! I really like your piece and thank you so much for being a part of the project!

  3. Love the colours of the threads you’ve used 🙂

  4. The colours in your experiment are so lovely. Sadly, when we grow up we spend more time thinking about the patterns we make and they become less ‘free style’ than when were children. Hope you have a good week.

  5. Ginny says:

    Both your experiments are lovely. You are so right and we should try to do more creative work without a plan.

  6. What a lovely way to spend a little while whilst the kids play! As adults, we don’t give ourselves enough time just to be “free” do we?

  7. How great to have a play and do some free creativity work. But yes as adults we want the colours and tones to match, lines to be straight and things to look symetrical rather than totally let loose x

  8. Josie says:

    What lovely work, there is such beauty to be had in going with the flow! I do not always have the confidence to trust my instincts so your post has been very inspiring x

  9. Gertie says:

    You should think about taking a City & Guilds embroidery course as you certainly haven’t lost your touch.

    As children we had such amazing imagination so it’s a great shame that we loose it when we grow up. Oh the innocence of youth…. xx

  10. What a lovely way to experiment, you’re so right that as adults we feel a bit embarrassed to just create freely, but I’m sure you’ve now been bitten by the embroidery bug.

  11. Lovely experimenting! I love the little flower like bunches of fabric.

  12. I’m a big fan of free style embroidery, you can go mad 🙂 Love the colours you have used.

  13. I love the fact that you had fun with the embroidery threads and fabric. Not many people sew these days.

  14. Not sure I would be any good at freestyling either! Love the colours you have chosen here though 🙂

  15. Sonia says:

    Gorgeous colours and textures you have used there!

  16. I love the textures and colours you have included, and I love that it is just creative and fun. I have a big bag of scraps, I really must get back in the habit of playing with them!

  17. Wow i have just seen your site for the first time. Love it!
    Going for a good look around now. I wish i was creative and artistic.
    We popped along to our recycled craft store the other day and sadly it had closed down. I was really looking forward to making some home made wedding invites!

  18. This is so pretty.
    It will look lovely in an anti-frame

  19. Kate Davis says:

    Wow, I haven’t heard about the stitched journal project before and it sounds like a great idea to have a project that is small enough to finish but has a meaning to it. I like the textures and colours in your project. I did GCSE textiles which included lots of different techniques and would like to pick some of them up again at some point. I’m going to watch this project and when I find some my material maybe I’ll join in.

  20. Debbie says:

    I love the comparison of the freedom of a child.
    We seem to afraid to fail as adults that it restricts our experimentation.
    And you definitely put heed to that!
    I love the colours and textures.

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