Good morning everyone!  Today I thought I would write about creativity…and my other hobby.

I’ve come to believe that once creativity is unleashed in a person, it’s hard to stop it. It shows up in different aspects and areas of their lives.  I was fortunate – creativity in the form of textiles came at a young age. It was encouraged by my grandmother and mother.  They had scrap fabric, thread and needles from sewing our clothes.  As a child I started out sewing doll clothes by hand.

When I grew older and was enrolled in Brownies (the junior division of Girl Guides at that time).  I discovered embroidery.  Over the years I have learned a variety of embroidery techniques – cross stitch, Brazilian, Hardanger, etc.  I made many beautiful items, and some not so beautiful.  Like everything else, embroidery takes practice.  Not all pieces are destined for greatness.

However some were worth saving. I have several pieces from over the years that I finally had framed. I took a couple of classes from the well known Hardanger teacher, Elsie Mae Quick, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was a great stepping off point. I finally had the intermediate piece framed the other day.

I was a member of the Regina Stitchery Guild for a while.  There were many excellent stitchers and mentors there.  One was Carol Storie of Heartfelt Designs.  I really enjoy her patterns and have stitched a few of them. I finally had one framed.

Hardanger is one of my favourite forms of embroidery. I have used the technique to make Christmas ornaments, for gifts, and for functional items in my own home and others.

I also am enjoying learning Brazilian embroidery.  I haven’t done any for a long time though.  I have been absorbed in rug hooking for over five years. Recently I rediscovered a binder with pattern book, needles and threads. I’m pretty happy.  Someday soon maybe, as a break in rug hooking…or maybe as embellishment on rugs…hmmm…

Then there was online learning.  It opened up a wealth of possibilities. I took some courses from Sharon Boggon of Australia. One was on designing your own embroidery from scratch. It was a fascinating course on using fabric, beads, buttons and various types of threads to create a unique piece. I created “Under the Sea”.  I was able to frame it recently as well.

I am very pleased with the framing of these pieces and have a few more in for framing now.  Many thanks to Karen Haverstock of Haverstock Creative Designs.  They look gorgeous!

If you find yourself stymied or stuck in one area of creating, my advice is to learn something new.  You never know what might break the log jam and start you creating again. Plus, you never know where your new skills might take you!

If you have been reading, thanks!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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