365 of Embroidery by Marjolein Bartels
The embroidery project initially started in my journey to discover old and new techniques to create handmade products. The reason why I have chosen embroidery, can be found in the residua pieces from my other hobby: making bracelets with dmc cotton. I wanted to re-use these little cotton pieces. They were too short to use again for bracelets, but perfect for an embroidery project. Besides I had not done an embroidery project before.
Like in all my own projects, I wanted to challenge my own creativity. I did not wanted to embroider something from an already created embroidery package which can be bought in the stores, therefore I decided to challenge my creativity each day. This is the reason why I started the 365 embroidery challenge.
In order to create a feasible design every day, I chose to use a square with 7x7 ‘pixels’. These amount of pixels allow me to vary the designs to be created every day. At the same time, the time needed to create one design is also reasonable, namely 30 to 45 minutes every day.
Starting embroidery out of nothing and coming up with a nice design every day is a challenge. Before starting on the real piece, I used sketching paper to come up with initial designs.
The inspiration for each design comes from that day’s experience. The challenge is to create a meaningful design each day, especially on the days that seems to be like every other day. Of course, capturing a design in 7x7 pixels is a challenge on its own.
In the end, this project became a diary. I experienced every day more conscious by doing this project. To create something every day is good for your creativity.