For me wobbly stitches rule! I have noticed that some beginners to embroidery apologise for their wobbly efforts. To be honest I don’t think it is necessary. I will tell you why. This is the 21st century. We are surrounded by machine made things. Some of these things are ugly, some are beautiful, some are practical, some have sentimental value, some are status symbols and some I look at and wonder why they exist. All these things have different roles in our life. All serve different purposes but the thing they have in common is that they are machine made. They are smooth or straight or, well… machined. As humans the things we make with our hands are not perfect. We may strive to make things as well as possible but there is always a ‘flaw’. I don’t see it as a flaw because if it is, it is the flaw of being human.
In an era where we are time poor to make a thing is more about the philosophy of the maker than anything else. Even if you just say to yourself “there is nothing ‘deep’ about what I make I just enjoy the making”. Or you might say to me “I just enjoy the process!” That is a choice. You have decided to spend time making something rather than gazing at a screen, or doing something else. You have given yourself permission to learn a skill and in my opinion develop your creativity. No matter if you stitch simply to relax or you enjoy the process or you embrace the whole slow stitching/mindful movement, no matter how you frame it, the thing you make is human. It reflects your human creativity. That is a good thing in the world. So in my book… wobbly stitches are OK!
I thought I would share my latest little exploration. One of the aspects of hand embroidery I love is that you can create rich textured surfaces with stitches. I have been working on series of disks that are a sort of extreme surface embroidery. They explore the idea that hand embroidery can create a surface that machines can not. These disks of texture will eventually be arranged together in a wall piece. This disk is one of them fresh off the hoop. It has a 10 centimetre (4 inch) diameter and is made up beads, wrapped beads, whipped wheel stitch, French knots and Bullion Knots. Threads used are Cotton Perle #5 and #8 some of which is hand dyed by me. There are quite a few hand dyed silk threads, some rayon thread and a thread that is a mix of wool and silk. All of these I have included in my thread twisties mix.
Anyway I thought you may enjoy seeing it.