While I have but a small window of time, and while daddy is occupying both the littlies with crazy clips from YouTube (everything from puppies to jet fighters to garbage trucks and AC/DC music, from what I can hear coming from the living room!), I am taking the opportunity to dip into my Pinterest boards and re-acquaint myself with a few of the little things I've pinned recently.
Scrolling back through my Pinterest boards brings me great joy, it really makes my little creative heart sing, and sparks a lot of ideas/projects in the process.
One of the things I'm really juiced about right now is EMBROIDERY - I'm really delighted by all its variations and possibilities, and Pinterest is such a wealth of lovely embroidered projects.
These that follow are a random assortment of fantastic embroidery inspiration, in no particular order:
^ embroidery on unusual substrates
^ embroidered illustration
^ sashiko-style embroidery
^ abstract embroidery
^ crossing over into the world of graphic design - CMYK dot patterns
^ embroidery on felt
^ book illustration / embroidery
^ tiny embroidery
^ work by artist Jude Hill - feathers on linen
^ Jude Hill - linen abstract
^ Jude Hill - applique and sashiko - pleasantly rough patchwork
^ work by artist Yumiko Higutchi - embroidered botanical pattern
^ Yumiko Higutchi - embroidered pineapples
^ miniature embroidery (gosh I love anything in miniature)
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This but a handful of extraordinary embroidery examples, and yet they each whisper so much promise and potential to me. Even just the simple act of assembling these pictures into a blog post has inspired several new ideas, and more than once I have found my mind and fingers wandering... a piece of natural Japanese linen here, a new thought for the cross-stitched letter E waiting to be completed over there, a prompted idea for a tea-towel project I'm working on...
Oh, I do love how Pinterest constantly tops up my creative 'well' and helps cross-pollinate my projects. It's like going on a virtual 'playdate' every time I immerse myself in it. How lucky are we to live in an age of such easy and unhindered access to sooo much pure inspiration?
And as I sign off for now (and return to the real world away from the screen), here's the link to one of my favourite Pinterest boards, Felt, Fabric & Thread, where many other lovely ideas await...