Friday, February 20, 2009

Exercise or Adventure?

I thought long and hard (30 seconds) about what to call this entry. At first I thought it should be called an exercise – a stretching exercise - because that’s what I did – I stretched and exercised my creative brain. But oh! no, no, no. Exercise conjures up visions of huffing and puffing, heaving and sweating, moaning and groaning, and words of “Do I have to?” And exercise is WORK!

So I decided ‘adventure’ was a much better word. So here goes: I went on an adventure recently.

For ages I have been fascinated by stumpwork but felt it would be too difficult, too expensive, and require a learning curve I was not willing to undertake. So the other day, I went outside my safe zone and exercised (oops! I mean challenged) my creative brain and attempted stumpwork. And am I glad I did! Some dimension and texture can be obtained by stitching alone but, WOW!!! by adding stumpwork, the fiber picture jumps out – 3D, in fact.

Here is my first attempt –

Honey Bee Skep by Liz Turner Diehl

Some of my favorite motifs are bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and ladybugs. Does that make me a bug lover?

What was your latest adventure?


  1. Fabulous! I keep saying I'm going to give stumpwork a go, I just haven't gotten around to it.

    My latest adventure is quilting.

  2. Lovely!

    My Latest Adventure is Cross Stitch :) Thats how I found your blog *l*

  3. My "comfort zone" has been cross stitch. But I am going on an adventure with a biscornu.
    At sometime I need to venture off to tat!
    I love your beehive!

  4. Wow! That's beautiful! I'll have to check that out. I've heard of it, but didn't know it was such a pretty technique! Thanks for sharing:)

  5. Great project and an excellent outcome for your grand adventure. :)

  6. This is adorable!!! I guess it is worth it to be adventurous once in a while~

  7. Totally gorgeous! Love it Love it Love it!

  8. This little ornament was also my first foray into stumpwork. LTD has helped many of us have new adventures!

  9. Your stumpwork is lovely! Be sure if you're a bug lover, you will enjoy stitching them in stumpwork! Don't know of you are familiar with Jane Nicholas Stumpwork. You can find here - She has 2 lovely books one on dragonflies and another on stumpwork beetles. I am a keen stumpwork stitcher myself and will be back here for some more inspiration. Regards from sunny South Africa

  10. Absolutely love the beehive! Would like to know what you did, if you wouldn't mind sharing. I collect anything bees, beehives, honeycomb. Please let me know if you could. Can't agree more with you on the motifs - trying to track down a lot of hard to find kits that have bees while trying to design my own!