Stitching makes for the best inspirational quotes, don't you think?
It all started with my mother taking me to a Red Cross charity event when I was about eight or so. We picked up one embroidery each, and when they were finished, they were sold and the winnings donated to a good cause (-i'm sure, though I can't remember what exactly).
I picked up more and more embroideries, starting with simple colour-in canvaswork, and advancing to big cross stitch pictures to hang on the wall. Later in life I came to wonder why my mother never handed in any finished embroideries, and when I asked her she answered "Well, I never did any embroidery. I just pretended to work when I saw how much you liked it, and you didn't want to sit alone." I'm still moved when I tell that story, such a nice thing to do for her daughter.
When I felt that I wasn't really challenged enough by the cross stitch kits, I looked for another input, and found there is a world of surface embroidery out there. I quickly started expanding my repertoire, and it's still expanding, now with an added design element to it.
I love, live and breathe embroidery, and sometimes I have dreams of stitches, patterns or finishes that just calls to me to be made. I usually teach one technique a month, but sometimes my favourite techniques end up as a separate workshops, special summer classes, or a pop up events at a show. What is your favourite technique? Share with me on instagram @broderimalin