My Monday embroidery class starts again in just over a week, and I have been giving a lot of thought as to what my next project should be. The focus of the class is on designing your own piece to stitch, and it is wonderful to see everyone working on different fabulous projects. I must admit that it was incredibly daunting the first week, but now I have completed a couple of projects it is one of the things I enjoy most. During the Christmas break I sketched a traditional Jacobean design, with the intention of using it to learn some new stitches. After a lot of trial and error, I had something that I was reasonably happy with.
I have collected all the materials in my project box and started jotting down my ideas in my sketch book. The plan at the moment is to make small piece - about 6" square, featuring a padded stump work bird with a detached wing, his tail will be a combination of different couched Goldwork threads and embroidery stitches with a few beads added for sparkle. The pomegranates will be a combination of different Goldwork techniques, cut work and chipping etc and some trellis embroidery. The little creatures will be Goldwork as in Hazel's book. I still don't know what I will do for the pomegranate leaves and I know I will probably change a few things once I have a chat with our tutor and actually start the stitching, but I am really enthusiastic about this piece and I can't wait for class to start!