I started an Embroidery City and Guilds course because I wanted to learn a bit more about textile art, the process of design and to meet some more like minded people. I first learnt some basic embroidery stitches as a young child. My first piece of stitching ever was a mat which I did in infant school using stranded cotton and a wide spaced counted thread fabric. Other embroidery projects were rather old fashioned – a half finished dressing table set and an antimascar. The latter which I finished and gave to my grandparents, which, they did use it for the rest of the life of that chair. My Grandparents loved me very much.
Oh yeah – I DON’T DO CROSS STITCH (even in irony). Most counted thread techniques don’t appeal to me at all. I prefer more contemporary and abstract designs especially if it means it doesn’t matter if I lose count.
I always find
Embroidery leaves me blind
Cos I’m too weary to rest”
Goldfish and Paracetamol, Catatonia
E could also be for enjoyment, easy, education, encourage