A while (a looong while ago – as in almost 9 months ago!), I mentioned the possibility of working through an embroidery project focusing on long and short stitch. My plan was to work through a long and short stitch project, posting tutorials in the form of lessons. If you were with me back then, you can read the original post on my long and short stitch project idea to get the whole gist of it.
I can offer a million and twelve excuses why this particular embroidery project never quite materialized, but it all boils down to the little particulars of life in general, as well as a rather sanguine approach to needlework. I tend to bounce around a bit, and I get caught up in new plans and ideas with a bit too much enthusiasm before old ideas have come to fruition! (Surely you’ve noticed that about me by now!)
Still, the idea for this particular series lingers in my head, simmering a bit and now and then even reaching a low boil. At one point, I even sketched up a design for the project!
The reason I bring this up now, though, is because I’ve received a slew of e-mail over the last couple weeks, asking about long and short stitch. I can’t help wondering if something long-and-short-stitch-ish is going on out there in the needlework world – a new book I haven’t seen, or a new design out, or something? Why the sudden interest, I wonder? Not to disparage the glory of the stitch itself – for anyone interested in surface embroidery, it would be a natural thing to want to get this beautiful stitching technique down.
This is a little flower worked in long and short stitch on a silk sampler I have yet to finish. Long and short stitch is one of the few stitching techniques that can really achieve a nice, realistic shading.
In fact, it was Tanja Berlin’s needlepainting kits that really got me into long and short stitch. I love her needle painting projects!
Of course, Trish Burr’s various embroidery books that feature long and short stitch enchanted me as soon as they hit the market! Trish has been a very encouraging correspondent, and I really enjoy her work! I’ve written about Trish Burr’s works and books several times here on Needle ‘n Thread, and I’m excited to say that there’s more good stuff coming from her in the form of kits to be released soon. I’ll keep you updated on that.
After working for a couple weeks now on a counted cross stitch sampler, I’m itching to get into some needle painting again. I think the e-mails about long and short stitch have served as a bit of a prod, too.
My plan, then, is to resurrect this long and short stitch project plan. I’ve started taking notes and organizing short lessons, but I wanted to poll the audience to find out what people would really like to see in a series of lessons focusing on long and short stitch? The way I see it is this: I could work from the very basic, for first-timers, through more complex forms, or I could just focus on the difficulties that people experience with the technique. What’s your opinion?
It’s necessary at this point to mention, too, that I’m not Trish Burr or Tanja Berlin – I’m no pro! But I have learned some tricks along the way that can reduce the intimidation that newcomers might feel when facing this technique.
With the summer coming up soon, I am hoping to have more free time to really focus on some instructive projects on Needle ‘n Thread. In the next couple weeks, I’ll be making some extensive lists of things I hope to focus on this summer. (This is the lot of the teacher – always looking forward to summer or the next break, in order to rejuvenate!)
With this in mind, then, I’d love to hear some feedback on the following:
1. What are your thoughts and preferences on this long and short stitch idea?
2. What type of instructive articles about embroidery would you be interested in seeing on Needle ‘n Thread in the upcoming months?
Thanks for your input!