I came across this online embroidery class by Amy Powers a couple weeks ago. It is called the “Happy Go Lucky Stitchalong” and has you thinking about what makes you happy, then creating imagery for those things and making a grid-style sampler to celebrate your happy things. I thought the class looked great, plus it only costs $10, so I shared the link with my mom and sisters. We’re all stitching along together, at our pace, in our own homes. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!
First thing you do is make a list of the things that make you happy. From everything big to everything small, just list it out. Here’s my list (in no particular order):
- my family
- my little sunshine– G
- rain and clouds
- British things
- birds and nests
- walks outside
- mushrooms and gnomes
- stars in the night sky
- trips to the library with my kiddo
- jam (particularly raspberry)
This was what I came up with after my first two rounds of brainstorming. I need to have 25 things because the sampler is 5 by 5 (each square is 1.5″). Then I started sketching some ideas of what I could stitch in each square to represent some of the things on the list. Here are my sketches:
I’m hoping my mom and sisters will share some piece of their projects with me so I can share them with you, too. Next step is drawing the grid on my fabric (linen) and redrawing the images on the fabric.