I’ve fallen victim to a new stitching addiction, and it’s making it very hard to tear myself away from embroidery these days, even to concentrate on other website-related and workroom-related activities.
There’s a new version of Needle ‘n Thread coming out, for example. Yesssss! The All-New Needle ‘n Thread is almost ready to launch!
But have I been paying attention to that lately?
Noooooo. I’ve been stitching!
And my workroom! Remember that book mess? Have I figured out how to conquer it yet?
Noooooo. Because I’ve been stitching.
I can’t seem to stop stitching.
I love being super-focused on embroidery projects. When I’m this focused, I can pretty much put everything aside in favor of my needle and thread. Any worries…any chores…laundry…eating…drinking… piffle!
When I fall asleep at night, I’m thinking about embroidery. I dream about it. And when I awake, there it is again, in my head – with solutions and new ideas to jot down before the day begins.
To sum it up in two words, it’s a kind of Creative Vigor that’s overtaken me.
Right now, I’m concentrating with a fury on some new embroidery projects for Needle ‘n Thread. You can see an excerpt of one of them above.
I’m calling the series Kaleidoscopes.
And I love them! They’re fun. They’re addictive. They’re open to interpretation. They’re relaxing. They’re just… swell.
Naming Embroidered Works
But I’m Such a Dolt when it comes to naming things.
Naming embroidery projects is part of the designer’s job. It’s not a part we as consumers ever think of, but I’m convinced that naming a project – usually in order to write about it, display it, or market it – is possibly the embroidery designer’s most difficult task.
Deep down, I’d like pretty, individual names for each Kaleidoscope in the series. And I’d love to have a series of names that all go together but that represent, somehow (at least in my mind), the different designs.
But, like I said, I’m a dolt when it comes to naming things!
So I sat down with my niece Anna, who shares, in part, my sense of humor (poor girl), but who tends to be a little more refined than I am in many ways. She’s got a more “delicate” approach to things, whereas I generally don’t.
Summoning all my brain cells and every bit of verbal creativity congealing in my noggin, I concentrated really hard and came up with this brilliant naming solution:
Anna, on the other hand, came up with a much more appealing suggestion, which almost meets exactly what I would like in a series of names. I’m not going to mention it just yet, but it’s a great idea. It…sings!
But, being the brilliant person that Anna is, she also came up with this idea: “Why not ask your readers?”
So I thought, “Well, why not?”
If you’re in the mood for some creative brain exercise, take a look at the photo above and ask yourself… What would you name that thing?
It’s not finished yet, but the gist of the thing is there. All the colors are there. You can see that there’s a “burst” effect and there’s a bit of a floral element. The only thing that’s not complete in that photo is the outside edge.
What would you name it? I’d love to hear your suggestions! If you’d like to join in the fun, you can leave a comment below with your ideas.
And in the meantime, guess what I’m going to go do?
Yep. I have to feed the addiction – back to stitching!