I remember when I got rid of all of my embroidery paraphernalia; when I became a quilter! Before then, for years, I embroidered everything. Then a few years ago I discovered mark making with thread, more specifically, floss. So, off I went to buy all of those embroidery tools and materials, again. But now I approach embroidery differently, not so much flowery, cutesy stuff but more as another layer and bit of interest to add to mixed media works of art. Having said that, this is what I did this week while resting with the flu. It is on a piece of my hand painted pole wrapped cotton (faux Shibori).
Even if the subject is no longer my cup of tea, it was fun to draw and stitching it was really good for my motor skills which have been feeling clumsy lately.
Still waiting for Fall after the 90° Thanksgiving and realizing December is almost here!
This turkey was created for my grandnieces (7 and 6) who had a good time coloring them during our Thanksgiving family gathering.
I gave them each a plain turkey sheet along with one with this MeAnndered turkey below. It was interesting to me that they both (on their own) selected the plain one to color-in. These are very active little people and it warmed this great-aunt’s heart that they wanted to sit and color on them at all! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, ours was wonderful.
Printable versions of these turkeys are available on my Patterns tab here on my blog.
Well, I should say I didn’t do hearts! I’m not much of a heart person though I got married in February (38 years ago and not on Valentine’s Day) but I have a dear one who loves hearts and asked me to make her a small textile heart art piece for her newly renovated home.
So that got me creating hearts. Up in the Patterns and Supply Lists tab is a free printable hearts MeAnnder for you and/or someone you know to color in. I print mine on card stock because I like the smoothness under the markers I use. I think it could make a nice frame for a photograph, a sentiment or even a quilt label. Do you have other ideas?
And as always, if you color my MeAnnder hearts doodle in let me know by sending me a photo and with your permission, I’ll share it here on my blog.
My daughter, Zoey, was kind enough to draw a cat head pattern for me so that I could MeAnnder (aka doodle) on paper. She works digitally and makes it look so easy! Up under the Patterns and Supply List tab I’ve added the cat head pattern uncolored; for those of you who like to doodle and another cat head that I MeAnndered, so it’s ready for you color! I used felt tip markers but crayons, color pencils, or paints could be used instead. If you and/or someone you know uses the patterns I’d love to see the finished masterpieces!
Coming soon I’ll be sharing a couple MeAnndered heart projects and another free pattern.
As I’ve said before, I thought it would be a good idea to leash train our cat and so I seem to be spending more time out on the kitchen deck. It’s going to be a sad day when she realizes we have winter. When I’m not working on hand embroidery and other hand sewing while I’m out there, I use a pen and paper and I doodle (paper is fiber after all!). You may know it by other names but in the old days we just called it doodling. Here are a few of my doodles.
At first I thought it was a terrible waste of time but then I started “doodling” using my sit-down quilting machine. I call it “MeAnndering” and here is my first MeAnndering video.
I’m going to be out there cat sitting anyway so I have decided it is okay to waste spend the time doodling on paper as a warm-up and practice for when I do sit down at the quilting machine. Either way, I have determined it is additive!