Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Welcome to 2013!

It's a new year, full of potential and possibilities.  Remember that when you pick up your needles and fibers! Don't limit yourself needlessly. And remember that every new challenge we face is an opportunity to grow!

This year, I will be running things a little differently. I don't know how many participants there will be, but since things are quiet here on this blog most of the time, I will use the Flickr group as a base and then if there are any projects, I will make links to them from here. I will find time to make this blog a little more pretty to look at. I never quite got around to making a logo of some sort, but I want to have one, so I will do it!

I will continue alone if need be, because I believe that embroidery is an art form, and it gives us endless opportunities for self-expression, if we are just willing to give it a chance!

Thanks to all, and happy new year!  May this one be the best yet.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Looking back, looking ahead

I want to thank the people that have participated in the Embroidery Journal Project this past year! I've seen many amazing projects! What is most important is the personal stories captured in each one. Experience, points in time all saved in stitches. I hope it's been a meaningful experience.

Special thanks to Ann and Isabell who managed to make it through the whole year! Be sure to stop by the Flickr stream and see the other projects.

This certainly has been a great experience for me! I didn't know what I was starting back a year ago. It's been a challenge. At times, it did feel a little forced. To drop anything and pick up a project for this. But always the challenge was there, to create something new and interesting. To try new things. Expand my horizons. Make projects that had personal meaning.

Thanks for 2012!

December is a good time to reflect on the year that was. What was accomplished, and what was not. And also to look ahead, to think of new goals and challenges, to grow and develop yourself. And to record that growth.

Many of you may not feel like you have the time, energy, or creativity to come up with your own designs for a journal project, and maybe that kept you from joining in.

I really want to stress that it doesn't have to be your own design, it doesn't even have to be a "special" project just for this. When I look back at the embroideries I have done, each one has it's own memories of the time of life when I worked on them. The memories are stitched into the project, so to speak. I have cross stitch projects from 20+ years ago that conjure up memories of another time.

This is an old cross stitch I worked on in January 1989. This project holds memories of the first year of college when I worked on this.  I didn't have so much time for handiwork, but even then, it was an important for me. It holds many memories, feelings, and impressions for me even after all this time.

So you see, you can take projects that you already have in the works and make them part of your journal projects. Make notes on paper to look back on. Where did you work on the project?  What else did you have going on in your life? Who were you with? What was the weather like? Even little details like what you ate, watch on TV, what games you play, or people you talk to. Those are all interesting years down the line.

So this is the time to look ahead to 2013. To be thankful for the days we have together. To fill them with meaning and purpose and joy. To be better than we are now.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 2012

Welcome to December!

If you have completed a project, post in the comments, as always.  I'll be back soon with a little year-end wrap up and some comments about the coming year.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 2, 2012

November 2012

Hey all, 2012 is nearing the end of the line now!  If you have a project that you have completed during 2012, please leave us a link below.  Be sure to visit The Embroidery Journal Flickr stream too to see more great projects!

2013 is looming large. It will be a new chance to start fresh for old and new faces. Consider joining in when you can, we would love to have you join!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October 2012

Here is my project for the month:
I chose a seaside scene for trying out some different textures. You can read more about it on my blog.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

October 2012

Anyone participating this month is free to leave a link in the comments.  As always, if you would like to be able to post your projects on this blog, feel free to send me a message.

Thanks for joining!!

September 2012

I'm only a week late finishing this time!  That's not bad.  This month I was inspired by the fall leaves and golden sunshine.
You can read a little more about it on my blog.