Here I am again with my morning chatter affliction. On my post about the charm quilt I started, yesterday Pam asked in a comment “how many stitchers work in a variety of mediums? Most of the cross stitchers I know just do cross stitch. But many of the CQer’s like to do a variety of things.”
I know I switch about and have never really been able to decide if this is good or bad. Some people would say if you explore too many things you never get good at anything but I disagree as the skills you learn in one area you can often apply in another area in an innovative way. I like to develop a level of skill and enjoy it, but I also like trying new things and exploring other areas of textiles. It does mean I can get sidetracked but then I am constantly learning. How do can you devalue that? Businesses spend time and money on research and development why not textile practitioners? I think it would be very dull indeed to just do the same type of stitching all the time but I do admire those that can perfect a skill to masters level which usually means they have stuck at the one thing for a long period of time. What do you think?
From other comments left on this post as many are interesting topics to ponder while cutting out hundreds of diamonds. I will post it later in the week.
Eventually I am sure this chattery phase of mine will pass and I will get back to my usual link of the day but in the meantime… here are some links to side track the curious
Dawn of On the banks of Bay Creek dropped me an email to point me to Andrea Jaques who is a doll dresser who makes very good use of her visual journal. If you are interested in visual journals this is an excellent example of using a visual journal to develop design ideas check it out!
Noreen writes lots of tutorials on her blog Hankering for Yarn. This tutorial on making a bead doll made me think many readers here would like it or adapt it for a tree decoration. or you could adorn gifts with it.