Where have I been?
It has been about 6 months – no, 7 months – since I’ve done any needlework. What happened? Well, first it was summer, and I’m outside as much as possible – sometimes working in the garden, sometimes just lying in a hammock – and I generally don’t do a lot of stitching in the summer. Then in the fall, I was obsessed by the election. Work has been quite busy, and I can come up with any number of other excuses. Basically, I was unmotivated. I’ve had piles of stuff sitting on my worktable for months.
Sharon B’s started a new activity – Stitch Explorer 2009 – to explore different styles of needlework. I’m joining in late. The first style is chicken scratch. This isn’t a style I’ve tried before, but the individual elements – cross stitch, running stitch, lacing – are all familiar.
Here’s my first example.
Chicken scratch is generally done on gingham or other checked fabric, which I don’t particularly like (nor do I have any readily available), so instead I counted threads to set up a grid.