Warning: not quite my usual allotment – food – craft type stuff.
Sometimes I get the feeling I need to stretch myself a bit more as an embroiderer, specially if I want to make a living from it, I feel like I need to work on certain areas, namely my drawing but also using different stitches more often, learning new embroidery techniques and more specifically working on being able to embroider the human body, particularly faces, better. When you look at embroidery patterns in general if there’s a person in it (and more often or not it’s not a human at all, it’s an anthropomorphised animal, not that there’s anything wrong with that, I need to work on my animal embroidering skills to), anyway if there is an actual human in the pattern they’re more usually cartoon like. I can get why, it’s easier to embroider and really the only area where more real looking humans can be found in embroidery patterns is in pin-up girl patterns (I am of course generalising, there are quite a few embroidery patterns out there that feature realistic looking humans that aren’t pin-ups, it’s just that I think pin-ups are more common). Not that there is anything wrong with pin-up girl patterns and I recently purchased a couple from Scarlet Tentacle, I particularly enjoyed doing the one below and it was interesting technically to trying to decide what colours to use, whether the line on her arm should be pink for skin or grey for her underwear for example. Scarlet Tentacle’s line art is excellent but even so one of the things about embroidery is trying to use only a small amount of lines to represent the whole picture. I think the face is probably the best face I’ve ever stitched and faces in embroidery are so hard.
It’s stitched on flannel to, which makes it quite soft and tactile.
The other Scarlet Tentacle pattern I stitched, I have to be honest been umming and ahhing about how much to post of it, personally I don’t think there’s anything offensive about it but I’m aware equally that other people may find it offensive and considering what this blog is usually like, coming here and finding the full picture of the second pattern I stitched may be, for some people, a little shocking. Equally I haven’t posted the full picture on Flickr either and that’s mainly because my mother-in-law checks my Flickr stream for pictures of the grandkids and now that would be something she would definitely not be expecting.
Changing the subject to possibly more safer allotment ground, I’ve had a really busy weekend and I’m not the most relaxed person on this planet right now. I haven’t been able to get up the allotment all weekend until dusk today, to do a much needed water. Even that wasn’t particularly stress free as I discovered the cloche for my aubergines had blown over / fallen apart and is possibly the biggest waste of money I’ve ever spent up at the allotment (it was only a tenner though). Anyway after sorting that out (not ideally though, I’ve had to move my netted cloche over it instead, it won’t be as warm but should hopefully offer some protection), I watered the plants, which takes a while now as there’s more and more of them. Anyway, whilst I was watering the leeks (which are next to my wild flower bed), I spotted this, not an excellent photo, but I think it emphasises how such a small bloom can still look so out of place and not quite properly there and yet so vivid in the dim light.
I love moments up at the allotment where I see something that makes me stop what I’m doing and just go “Oh wow!”.